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2022 Best Photographer to Make Your Family Look Normal

Lauren Harel Photography

You can tell Harel is a former elementary-school teacher by the way she seamlessly puts your kids at ease at the start of the photo shoot. It’s one of the things — along with her organization­ and sharp eye for capturing every smile and wry side-eye­ with a natural feel — that landed her on this list. The session is way more fun than you expect, and the well-edited­ collection of images you get back showcases your family in a way you haven’t seen before — and you’ll treasure forever. Read More »


2022 Best Mission-Driven Photographers


Being photographed can induce serious anxiety, and doubly for folks who are trans. Photographer Shannon Collins set out to change that by founding Youthphoria, which provides no-cost celebratory photo sessions for trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive youth in the Philly area. Every cost — the photography, the styling, the makeup — is covered by donations. ​​ Read More »


2019 Best Family Photographer

Heather McBride

Can you say relaxed? However you define family, McBride will make you and your crew feel so chill you’ll forget the camera is even there. Keep reading here. Read More »

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2018 Best Pet Portraits

Andrew Pinkham

This Grays Ferry-based artist meticulously turns his custom pet photos into “paintings” that look centuries old and are pretty enough to hang in a gilded frame over the mantel. (He does people, too!) Read More »

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2017 Best Family Photographer

Carolyn Clement

Yes, Carolyn is sweet and patient and comes with a bag of tricks for the kids, but no one would get into family photography who wasn’t and didn’t. It’s really her work that makes her so sought-after—photos that capture casual, authentic moments in cool city settings (historic alleys, old park steps). Worth every penny. Read More »

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