Whether you’ve been blasting holiday music since pumpkin spice lattes arrived, or you’re still adjusting to summer being over, we’re going to let you in on a little secret— right now is the PERFECT time to book a local photographer for your holiday card. San Diego has a fabulous selection of snap-happy, professionals ready to capture the perfect annual photograph. Click through the slideshow to check out a selection of photographers ready to help your family say, “cheese!”

Jamie Street Photography

Jamie Street has had a camera in her hand since junior high. So it's no surprise her family photography business is a one-woman labor of love that brings her happiness every single day. Jamie likes to make her families feel as comfortable as possible, from helping to choose a location meaningful to them and letting them have fun and interact, so they are comfortable in front of the camera. Jeni told us, "I love capturing timeless and classic portraits of families on film, but some of my favorite photos tend to be from documenting all of the dreamy, intimate moments of connection in between the perfectly posed shot." She shoots all over San Diego and even ventures to Los Angeles and other parts of California if needed. Be sure to book your holiday photos as soon as possible to ensure enough processing time for the film. Families can choose from mini or full sessions. 

Jamie Street Photography
Online: jamiestreet.com

Sarah Tolmay Photography

North county photographer, Sarah Tolmay is a master at capturing shots that feel full of life. For holiday shoots, you'll get a 50-minute session and access to an online gallery of 100 high-resolution photos of you and yours. The hardest thing will be choosing which one makes the holiday card! Holiday shoots book quickly so contact Sarah today to hold your spot. 

Pro tip: Sarah also offers puppy portraits that will melt your heart. 

Sarah Tolmay Photography
Online: Sarahtolmayphotography.com 


Of Stardust and Earth Photography

Get a cutting-edge photo shoot with local photographer Jen from Of Stardust and Earth. Her work is colorful, fun and fashion-inspired. A true portrait photographer at her core, Jen offers families an opportunity to dream up their own editorial.  Book early and be guaranteed some candid moments that are anything by cheesy.

Of Stardust And Earth
Online: ofstardustandearth.com/contact/

Holly Ireland Photography

As a mom of two herself, Holly loves to shoot families. And shoot families she does! Based in Carlsbad (but available to shoot all over San Diego), Holly helps capture candid family moments and turn them into pieces of cool art with clever composure, lighting, and editing. This photog is great working with families -- especially young kiddos -- making sure they are comfortable in front of the camera. She can even work with your family on what to wear, types of props, and great locations. Her sunset beach shoots for the holiday season fill up quickly, so make sure to book early if that's the look you want.

Holly Ireland Photography
Online: hollyireland.com/

Tiffany Kelterer Photography

Tiffany's goal during your photography session is to capture you (and your crew) in a way that is both authentic and candid. The hope is to forever preserve those special moments with your family. Her photos are stunning and pure and will make you smile for years to come. Capturing a family's true essence in all its glorious mayhem is a gift and the perfect way to celebrate the season. 

Online: www.tiffanykelterer.com/

Stills by Hill

Hillary -- the "Hill" behind Stills by Hill -- is an expert at taking portraits. She started photographing kids when her oldest niece was born 17 years ago and has since found her niche in shooting newborns, kiddos, and family portraits. If you'd like unlimited time, a location of your choice, and custom art, a regular portrait session is available. Limited edition holiday sessions are on-location, up to five subjects, and are 20 minutes long. Special note: pricing goes up as it gets closer to December so book early to save money! 

Stills by Hill
Online: stillsbyhill.com/

—Aimee Della Bitta


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