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Top 10 photographers in San Francisco, CA

Clients agree: these vendors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Chris Conner Photography

Chris Conner Photography

5.0(2)
2+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Amy S. says, "Chris is a phenomenal photographer who made our proposal very special. He captured the essence of our engagement and the emotions we each felt. I whole heartedly recommend him for your special occasion or for any portraits that you need. His energy is uplifting and positive throughout the entire experience!" Read more
James Thornton III Pictures

James Thornton III Pictures

5.0(2)
5+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Hitesh D. says, "His passion for expressive photography shows in his work - it's not just a smooth, sharp, bright photo - it's an expression of the subject, emotion and event. And he's a great guy to work with! After all, if you're spending time with someone like this, you want to know it's time well spent." Read more
Ted McDonnell Photography Services

Ted McDonnell Photography Services

New on Fash
Offers online services
3+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
I am focused on Headshots, Portraits, and Sports Photography. Why Focus? It's for you to know I am working daily to bring out the best YOU for the next Acting, Tech, Headhunter, or new Lawyer, or it could be to support your Social Networking online. Headshots are more Important Today than Ever in Time or since the Internet became what it is. Headshots or Portraits make a statement about you or your loved ones that should be documented with the right lighting that makes you look like the model that you are....
A Woman's Essence - Boudoir By Deborah

A Woman's Essence - Boudoir By Deborah

New on Fash
Serves San Francisco, CA
I am here to give you a day you won't forget for a long, long time. My boudoir studio is female run and a safe and beautiful space to relax and have fun. My studio is in downtown Martinez. Helping women to feel empowered and confident in who they are.

Your photography questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much does a photographer cost?

The average cost to hire a photographer is $100 to $250 per hour, depending on their experience. However, photography prices vary significantly depending on the type of event or photo session:

Do you tip photographers?

The standard tipping etiquette for photographers depends on the type of photo session or event and how happy you are with the photographer's service:

  • Tip a wedding photographer $50 to $200 if the photographer exceeds your expectations. If the photographer works with a second shooter, be sure to tip the second photographer separately.
  • Consider tipping a family portrait photographer, pet photographer, or newborn photographer if you're happy with the photo session. However, tipping is not expected for family portraits taken at a big box store like JC Penney or Wal-Mart.
  • Tipping a photographer is not expected for headshots, commercial photography, real estate photography, or architectural photos.

If you're happy with the photographer's service, post a positive review online and share their photos on your social media.

How can I save money on a photographer?

Follow these tips to save money when you hire a photographer:

  • Book a "mini-session" – a shorter photo session that lasts only 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Choose your favorite photographers and follow them on social media. Some photographers may provide deals and exclusive offers.
  • Hire a less experienced photographer. However, be sure to review their portfolio to confirm they have enough skill to meet your photo needs.
  • Purchase prints from an online retailer instead of ordering them from the photographer.
  • Bundle multiple photo sessions for a discounted price. Some wedding photographers bundle engagement and wedding photos. Other photographers offer a bundle for newborn photos plus additional sessions as your child grows.

How far in advance should I book a photographer?

Book a wedding photographer as early as possible, ideally as soon as you've confirmed the date with your venue. Headshot, commercial, pet, and family portrait photographers typically don't require as much advanced notice. However, a popular, in-demand photographer may be booked out several months in advance.

How can I find the best photographer near me?

Follow these guidelines when searching for a photographer to ensure you find one who is the best match for you:

  • Look for photographers who specialize in the type of photography you want. A photographer who specializes in weddings won't be the best choice for a newborn baby photo shoot, and vice versa.
  • Review their online portfolios to confirm you like their photography style and aesthetic.
  • Read photographer reviews on Fash and Google.
  • Get a contract in writing before making a deposit.
  • Discuss the photo usage and printing rights to confirm how both you and the photographer can use the images. Photographers typically retain the copyright to the images, allowing them to use the photos for marketing and social media.

What questions should I ask a photographer?

Ask these questions to help you choose the best photographer for your needs:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • What type of photography do you specialize in?
  • What is your photography style?
  • Do you have an online portfolio I can view?
  • How far in advance should I book my photo shoot?
  • What deposit do you require, and is it refundable?
  • Do you have a photo studio? If not, where will you take the photos?
  • What should I do to prepare for the photo session?
  • How will you deliver the final photos to me?
  • How long will it take to get the photos?
  • Do you offer printed items or photo albums?
  • Who owns the rights to the photos?
  • Will you use my images on social media or your website portfolio?

Reviews for San Francisco photographers

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
Zach J.
If there were 6 stars, I’d give them. I hired Chris to do a surprise engagement shoot. Working with Chris felt more like partnering with a close friend. He helped collaborate on the plan, was flexible when I threw last minute changes at him left and right, and even showed up the day before to the site to make sure everything would be perfect. After the surprise he helped us with poses and even had found a close-by spot with an even better view than the one I had found. This pics came out incredible and I’ll treasure them forever.
Chris Conner Photography
Matthew S.
Very professional, knows what he is doing. The pictures turned out great, I highly recommend
James Thornton III Pictures
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