Yuko Hirao

Rockville, MD, USA

I'm a photographer based in Rockville, MD. My main focuses now are family portraits with newborn babies and little kids, and commercial photography.

I am passionate about and in love with people's smiles, especially families with little children.
Working with people and capturing their happy moments with smiles give me the joy of being a photographer.

Because everyone is different and everyone is special in their own way, I strongly believe photos should also be taken in the environment where they can be themselves. That's why I prefer to take family photos at a client's home or at their favorite park where they naturally become happy and relaxed. For a session at home, your house doesn't have to be spacious for the session. I can find a nice simple wall or a window for a beautiful background at an ordinary house.

After the photo session, I offer an optional consultation via Skype. I can share my computer screen with the client and spend time together to show what I can do with their beautiful photos. All the photos you order will come with individual full retouching. I will show you how the images can be cropped for different sizes and how they will be retouched. Maybe you would want to zoom in to show off your sparkling eyes, or maybe you want to convert the image to B&W to match your other art pieces.

I would like my photo session to be special and personal for my clients. Let's take time and chat about how you would like to have your own special photos taken.



Featured as one of Favorite NYC Kid & Family Photographers by Red Tricycle in 2018
Featured as one of NYC's Best Kid & Family Photographers by Red Tricycle in 2016

Solo photo show "Colors in Santa Fe" in Santa Fe in November, 2012

Solo photo show "Colors of Happiness" in Santa Fe in June, 2012

Fine art prints are available for sale from here.

Photographic Education

Studio Manager for Nevada Wier, a National Geographic travel photographer, from OCT 2012 to NOV 2014
Internship at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops from JUN 2011 to OCT 2012


Ogasawara Islands Photo Contest 2009
The quasi-grand prix prize to Blue Earth Underwater Photo Contest 2008