My little one’s first birthday is coming up, and I have been thinking of ways to memorialize the day in a special way. There are baby smash cakes, celebratory jello, and maybe baby’s first refined sugar intake, but what are these moments if not captured and shared? Photos are a great way to forever embrace the most special moments the family share in celebrating the changes and progress of the little and not so little humans in our lives.
To do this, you need more than your smartphone camera to hand. Let a professional take hold of the lens and take home quality and unique images that you can cherish forever. Here are our top five Beijing based family and baby photographers who will help keep your memories alive in the most beautiful of ways.
With a wealth of experience and background in producing photos for various commercial brands, Dave Hanssen is a dab hand at creating some of the most stylistically creative and memorable images of kids and their parents. Back in 2010 as a first-time father Hansen, went about capturing every moment of his newborn son’s life and so his passion for photographing children and families began.
Prices start from RMB 1,000 for a one-hour session, and families can choose from a number of different packages to suit their needs. (WeChat ID: dlhzao, 139 1026 8205)
Nicole Ni has been working as a family photographer in Beijing for five years and has been churning out sharply distinctive and organic photos of little ones in her Shunyi studio. There’s little that this fine photographer wouldn’t be able to capture with nuance. Ni produces artistic, vintage, and unscripted stills that will impress any family looking for something a little special. Whether to celebrate a special occasion for your little one or the whole family, or just because, you will walk away with something enchanting.
Prices start at RMB 3,500 for a studio session, or get in touch to discuss your requirements for a tailored service. (WeChat ID: nicolenz, www.nicolephoto.net)
Mexican photographer Priss Baxter has over 12 years experience and has collaborated with one of the celebrated big guns of photography, the National Geographic Traveller Magazine. Baxter has experience shooting weddings, journalistic-style photos, architecture, editorials, and more. Baxter offers pregnancy sessions, couple sessions, and of course family and baby sessions. Her work is seamless and classic, and really embodies capturing timeless moments that exude spontaneity and charm.
Prices start at RMB 1,500 for a 30-minute in-home photo shoot. (WeChat ID: prissbaxter, www.baxterstudio.net)
Chiara Ye Photography
Visual artist and commercial photographer Chiara Ye has been working in Beijing for six years and has recently been offering and taking private family commissions and other projects. Ye’s business focuses on tailor-made services that keep the client at the forefront of her approach to each photography session. Ye notes that she tries to understand the client’s needs and build upon those with her team to create bespoke packages for individual needs. Ye will talk through makeup, styling, location, etc., using a process similar to that used in commercial photography.
Prices vary depending on client needs. (WeChat ID: chiarayeph, www.chiaraye.net)
Elizabeth Albrecht Photography
Last, but certainly not least, is children and family portrait photography Elizabeth Albrecht. Whimsical and magical should be the words to best describe the adorable baby portrait photos captured by Albrecht, who has been photographing families and children in since 2012. Using fairytale-like accessories, her outdoor photography sessions with newborns and young babies are particularly impressive. Sweet as honey and cute as pie with a cherry on top, Albrecht’s striking creations will have you swooning for days.
Prices start from RMB 1,000 for family and baby portraits. (WeChat ID: LisaAlbrecht, www.lisaalbrecht.pro)
Photos: courtesy of featured photographers