Lots of people can take a great picture. Maybe even you. But it’s the true photographer that can balance color, composition, light and more — and also manage to capture the spirit of his or her subject. And by our estimation, that’s never more important than when shooting a family, siblings, newborn, etc. We went in search of NYC shutterbugs who can do just that, and found photographers with different styles and specialties, but all of them create work you’d be proud to hang on your wall and will cherish for years. Click through to find your shutterbug soulmate!

For An Interesting Angle: Yuko Hirao Photography

Yuko Hirao can take a lovely, standard shot of your newborn, baby, child or family. But we love her work because she often captures fun, natural, joyful moments with a bit of an artistic flair; in addition to more standard composition, she gets evocative shots from above or behind. (She also does commercial and fine art photography.) She's happy to shoot in your home or head to an outdoor spot where you and the kids can relax and be yourselves. Hirao also spends time with clients advising on framing, retouching, and more, to make sure every photo is picture perfect. Newborn sessions start at $330; baby and kid sessions begin at $250.

Online: yukohiraophoto.hechtmail.com

photo: Yuko Hirao Photography

Do you have a favorite kid & family photographer in the NYC area? Share with the group in the comments below!

— Mimi O’Connor