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It’s A Snap

Great kids’ photographers in NYC

Most of us can manage to document our kids’ lives and even capture a few frameable moments with the Auto setting on our own digital cameras. But there are occasions—birthday parties, holiday cards, family portraits—for which it’s simply best to leave the shutter speed, perspective, and aperture to a pro. There are a gazillion talented photographers in New York, but here are five worth considering if you want . . .
. . . head shots of your child
JoSon, a Philippines-born photographer who splits his time between New York and San Francisco, produces fresh, playful childhood portraits that look amazing on comp cards. JoSon works hard to make sure his subjects are having fun, “so I can capture them, not who we think they are.” Fees range from $1,500 to $3,000.

. . . an affordable newcomer
Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman recently turned her longtime love of photography into a full-time business, focusing on maternity and family. She’s a natural talent—really capturing kids “as they are”—and lucky for us her New Kid On The Block status means super-affordable rates. A standard one-hour session, producing 25-30 edited images, is $225.
. . . a photo shoot with an edgy NYC feel
Charley Star is based in LA but works frequently in New York, where she specializes in on-location shoots (parks, street-scenes, cafés) that convey a real sense of place. Sessions usually take 2 to 4 hours, and start at $500. Prints are priced separately, with desk portraits starting at $25, wall portraits at $100, and canvases from $550.

. . . to invest in a super-cool keepsake
Rachel Hudgins, a former filmmaker who’s been doing children’s photography since 2003, arrives at your home before the kids wake up and documents their every move until it’s time to go to sleep again. At $9,500, the “Breakfast to Bedtime” session is pricey (we’ve seen full-day shoots by others for as low as $1,500), but her work is exceptionally stunning—both cinematic and narrative. Fee includes a custom hand-made album. Hudgins also does private events and shorter sessions.
. . . to relax and enjoy your kid’s birthday party
Heidi Green is one of the city’s most popular kids’ snappers, for birthday parties and events. The former early childhood teacher discovered her passion for photography in the classroom. She has a natural ability to connect with kids and does a great job of catching all the highlights at a party. Kids’ parties are $650, including two hours of shooting, a web gallery of digital proofs, and two custom prints.