Marian Goldman Photography
36 W. 20th St., sixth fl.
When Finding Nemo hit the box office, Marian Goldman went
to see it for work reasons: “I like to understand what
kids at a certain age are into,” she says. Patient and
flexible, she’ll travel to your home or a place of your
choice. Sessions start at $500, not including film or prints.
Nina Drapacz Photography
500 E. 85th St., at York Ave., Ste. 14C
A former apprentice to world-famous photographer Richard Avedon,
Nina Drapacz puts priority on capturing a child’s personality—something
beyond a smile. Drapacz specializes in hand-tinting, a popular
option that uses oil paints applied to a warm-toned print,
and will shoot in her studio or outdoors. Packages start at
$575, and include film, contact sheets, three eight-by-ten
prints, and two five-by-seven prints.
Paloma Sendrey Photography
An L.A. native who began with head shots, Paloma Sendrey shoots
families, kids, and maternity in sepia, black-and-white, and
color. A full session with 35-mm. cameras, at your home or
in parks, lasts 90 minutes to two hours, resulting in two
rolls ($350). From September through October, she hosts Fall
Park days in Central Park, where she’ll shoot 30-minute
mini-sessions ($175; one roll) for families who want their
holiday cards done quickly and well.
180 Varick St., near King St., Studio 416
Philippe Cheng shoots outside, using natural light, and absolutely
nothing about his work is formal or staid. He aims for images
that look fresh and lively, capturing the personality and
mood of each child. Prices start at $2,500, including fifteen
rolls of film and processing, plus ten eight-by-ten prints.
Sarah Merians Photography & Co.
104 Fifth Ave., near 16th St., fourth fl.
Sarah Merians and her team of photographers have been shooting
New York families for more than eighteen years. From photojournalism
to classic portraiture, Merians produces vibrant images. Kids
can listen to their favorite tunes during the session. Plus,
children’s images are produced digitally as well as
with film, so parents can see them online. Prices start at
$200; prints are extra.
Sebastian Thaw Photography
111 Fourth Ave., near 11th St., Ste. 4A
Sebastian Thaw began producing family portraits ten years
ago. His approach is simple, employing a variety of different
cameras, including an old thirties four-by-five camera that
has a beautiful selective focus, which adds a highly evocative
and moody quality. Thaw also offers his clients the option
of digitizing the photos and putting them on a DVD set to
music. Packages start at $500, and include three rolls of
film and four-by-six proofs. Enlargements cost extra.
147 W. 15th St., near Sixth Ave., No. 100
Sharon Schuster homes in on her subject’s personality,
and particularly enjoys shooting in black-and-white. One of
her specialties is producing portraits of expectant mothers.
Schuster has her own studio, but will also travel to any New
York–area location. Photos can be displayed online;
prices start at $500, and include three rolls of film and
Sue Barr excels at vivid, candid shots of kids. She prefers
to take photos outside the home, but the location is your
choice. A photo shoot with up to four family members, including
at least 50 photos, runs $750; pregnancy shoots (including
one session in your third trimester and two postpartum) is
Working primarily in black-and-white and applying an antiquing
process to the final product, this established photographer
(along with her partner, Stephen Salmieri) takes high-caliber
photos that have often been reproduced for books and postcard
series. Sessions run from $750 to $1,500.
89 Nevins St., downtown Brooklyn
With a background in documentary and feature-film photography,
Todd Liebler specializes in comfortable, natural portraits
of children taken outside the studio. A one-child, outdoor
session including two rolls of film and one eight-by-ten print
starts at $250; indoor shoots are from $350.