lake tahoe family photographer


My passion lies in capturing the genuine connections and stories that exist between siblings, spouses, and parents. I strive to preserve your moments of discovery and affection, creating polished images with a touch of playfulness that you will cherish for a lifetime. As your family photographer I create candid and playful portraits for families that want to remember the beauty amidst the chaos of childhood and family life.

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Family portraits in Lake Tahoe

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Summer Family Portrait Sessions in Lake tahoe

The gorgeous summer weather at Lake Tahoe is here, and it's the perfect time of year to capture your family portraits. We've only got a few spots left, so don't wait to book your session!

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Lake Tahoe family photography and portrait photographer
Lake Tahoe family photography and portrait photographer

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Lake Tahoe family photography and portrait photographer

Do you worry about what to wear for family photos? Or wonder if the kids will cooperate and behave? Perhaps you wish you could lose a few pounds before the shoot? If these concerns sound familiar, know that you're not alone. There's always going to be something in the way.

But, like you, I also feel sentimental about time slipping away and the importance of capturing memories with loved ones. You may realize that you're hardly ever in photos, except for the occasional unflattering snapshot on your phone, and want more. That's where I come in.

My photography sessions are relaxed, focused on genuine connections rather than perfect poses. I'll even help style your family and engage with your little ones to capture their authentic expressions. Plus, we will design custom art and framed photographs that showcase the beauty of your family to adorn your home with cherished memories.




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Lake Tahoe family photo packages


A La Carte / Mini Session

Lake Tahoe family photographer for reunions

Session Fee: $400

Session Length: Up to 45 minutes

Perfect for small families and holiday cards!

You have the freedom to choose which images you'd like to purchase.

Includes downloads for 5 images - great for holiday cards & mini sessions.

Standard resolution digital files are included with every print purchase.

Additional high-resolution digital files are available for $45 each.

On average, most clients spend at least $900.

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Lake Tahoe family photographer Starscape Studios captures a sweet moment on the beach with a family reunion

Standard Package for Family Photos in Lake Tahoe

Session Fee: $800

Session Length: Up to 90 Minutes

Standard package includes prints & downloads.

You'll receive between 40-60 images in your gallery.

Included are 20 full-resolution, retouched images for download.

$200 product credit that can be used for print products or digital files.

Additional high-resolution digital files are available for $40 each.

This package is perfect for busy families and couples who want to display their photographs as art in their home - in fact, we encourage it.

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Premium package

Large Family Reunions

Price: $1,800

Session Length: Up to 3 Hours

Multiple locations in Lake Tahoe possible.

You'll receive between 100-200 images in your gallery.

Included are 75 full-resolution, retouched images for download.

Choose between a $400 product credit for print products or digital files, or a beautiful 9" x 12" Miller's Signature Book for a keepsake.

Additional high-resolution digital files are available for $35 each.

Perfect for family reunions with multiple sets of families attending.

We can capture photographs each family, cousins, and the whole group - the family reunion only happens once every few years!

Lake Tahoe Family Reunion photographed by Starscape Studios at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe

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  • All sessions include a friendly in-home or Zoom product consultation.
  • Standard resolution digital files are included with every print purchase.
  • If needed, NDA contract riders are available for an additional fee.
  • For more information, please visit our contact form. We're excited to hear from you!

Additional Information

Ordering albums and prints from Starscape Studios

Prints & Canvas

You can easily order prints through your online gallery! You can choose your paper type, matting, or custom frame to match your home decoration.


You can choose to print your photos in an album that will become a family treasure. Have you ever spent a nostalgia-filled evening looking back with on photographs of you when you were a child?

A Family Heirloom Album can be passed down to future generations and enjoyed for decades to come. It comes with a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and is made with sustainable materials and practices.

Voted as one of the best Family photographers in Lake Tahoe

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Kimmi Cranes is a San Francisco event photographer and the main photographer of Starscape Studios

Lake Tahoe family photographer

You're likely to see me playing games with your little ones and laughing with the adults as we try to see who can skip stones the farthest. When you hire me as your family photographer in Lake Tahoe, you won't have to wonder if your family photos will look too awkward or posed - we will be having fun and smiles through it all.

With dozens of 5-star reviews on Yelp, Google and Wedding Wire, my goal is to document these fleeting moments so that you can cherish them for years to come.

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Next Steps

Lake Tahoe family photography and portrait photographer

Contact us for availability

When you decide that you want to schedule a family portrait session, send me a message with your proposed dates and a short description of your family (number of people and ages).

Planning your Session

Let's chat about your plans for your visit and decide on a location for your family portraits. For outfits, I will send you a style guide for wardrobe planning so that it's stress free for everyone.

Family Portrait Day

My priority is that everyone has a fun and memorable day, which usually leads to the best smiles and candid portraits. We will play games so I can capture authentic interactions and joy.

Order prints & albums

Within a few weeks of your session, you will get a gallery to view your edited images in a beautiful slideshow, select favorites, and order any professional prints and heirloom quality albums that you'd like.

They're only little for a short while

Lake Tahoe family photographer Starscape Studios captures the love between a mother and her baby

People are drawn to the natural warmth of my images

During our Lake Tahoe family photo session, I combine my experience in holding space for playful and relaxed posing with the ability to capture moments with magical natural light, resulting in timeless images that you and your family will cherish for years to come.

For the little ones, I encourage children to have fun and explore their favorite parks or beaches, then document the genuine and candid moments that make their faces beam with joy. My family portrait sessions typically last around an hour, or until the children begin to slow down. I strive to provide a mix of posed portraits and candid shots that truly capture the connection and love between family members.

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Featured Family Photography Sessions

Lake Tahoe family photography and portrait photographer
Lake Tahoe family photography and portrait photographer
Lake Tahoe family photography and portrait photographer

Sand Harbor & Valhalla Family Portrait Session

Family reunion at Emerald Bay

Maternity session in South Lake Tahoe

Planning your Family Portrait Session

Preparing for a family portrait session can seem like a daunting task, but with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can ensure that your photos turn out beautifully. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your family portrait session:

1) Schedule Your Lake Tahoe Family Session in Advance

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your family portrait session. Plan ahead and schedule your session well in advance, so that you can secure a date and time that works best for your family’s schedule. Be sure to communicate any scheduling conflicts or concerns, so that we can work with you to find a time that works best.

2) Choose a Location in Lake Tahoe

Think about the type of setting you want for your photos, whether it be an outdoor location like a forest with mountains or a beach, or an indoor location like a lodge. Consider the time of day that will work best for your family, and make sure that the location is easily accessible for all ages, including kids and grandparents. If you’re unsure of where to have your photos taken, we can offer suggestions based on your preferences and distance to where you and your family are staying in Lake Tahoe.

3) Choose Your Outfits Ahead of Time

One of the most important parts of preparing for a family portrait session is choosing your outfits. It’s a good idea to choose your outfits ahead of time and try them on to make sure that they fit well and look great together. Avoid wearing clothing with logos, busy patterns or overly bright colors, as they can be distracting in the final images. Choose clothing that reflects your family’s style and personality, while also being comfortable to wear. Below are a list of outfit suggestions for any season.

4) Prepare Your Family for the Portrait Session

If you have young children, it’s a good idea to prepare them for the photo session by letting them know what to expect and try to make it fun and exciting for them. Encourage them to be themselves and have fun, as this will result in more natural and candid photos.

For planning your outfits, we have compiled this guide:

Coordinating Family Outfits

When it comes to taking family portraits, choosing the right outfits can make all the difference. The right colors, textures, and styles can complement each other and create a cohesive look for your family photos. Here are some family photo outfit ideas.


Neutral Family Photo Outfits

If you want your family photos to have a timeless and classic look, neutral colors are a great choice. For example, you could have everyone wear shades of white, cream, beige, or gray. This creates a simple and elegant look that will never go out of style. To add some depth and texture to the outfits, consider using different fabrics or patterns. You could have one family member wear a sweater, another wear a scarf, and another wear a plaid shirt.


Fall Family Photo Outfits

Fall is a popular season for family portraits, as the changing Aspen leaves provide a beautiful backdrop for your Lake Tahoe family photos. For fall family photo outfits, consider using warm colors like beige, burgundy, mustard, or olive green. These colors complement the fall foliage and create a cozy feel. You could also incorporate fall textures like tweed, wool, or corduroy. For example, you could have the dad wear a tweed jacket, the mom wear a wool scarf, and the kids wear corduroy pants. Jeans work well during fall family photos also since they complement the oranges.


Beach Family Portraits

If you’re taking family photos at the beach, you’ll want to choose outfits that are comfortable and casual. For beach family portraits, consider using light and airy fabrics like linen or cotton. You could have everyone wear white or light-colored clothing to create a beachy and fresh look. You could also incorporate beachy accessories like hats, sunglasses, or sandals. For example, the dad could wear a Hawaiian shirt, mom could wear oversized sunglasses, and the kids could wear polka dots, yellows and light blues.


Family Outfit Ideas for All Seasons

If you want to create a cohesive look for your family photos, consider using a color scheme that works for all seasons. For example, you could use shades of blue and green, which work well for all seasons. This creates a consistent look across all of your family photos, no matter what season they were taken in.

Lake Tahoe Family Photographer

As a local family portrait photographer in South Lake Tahoe, I believe that taking family photos should be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. That’s why I always strive to create a relaxed and playful environment during our photo sessions.

One of the ways I achieve this is by incorporating games and activities into the session. For example, I might ask the kids to play a game of “Simon Says” or “Red Light, Green Light” to capture their natural and genuine smiles. These games make it easier for the children to relax and be themselves in front of the camera, as well as prevent any meltdowns during the session. But it’s not just about the kids – I also want to make sure that parents feel comfortable and at ease during the session. I provide gentle guidance on posing and offer suggestions on how to interact with one another to create natural and candid moments that showcase everyone’s unique personalities.