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Best Portrait Photographers in Birmingham

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Birmingham Portrait Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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South Shades Crest Road, Hoover, AL 35022

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5.0 (4)

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Connie Collum Photography, a boutique studio located in Hoover, provides Birmingham Metro area clients with a custom photography service, in studio or on location, focused on your pet(s). As a Fine Art Pet Photographer, Connie offers a unique no stress experience for your pets. Sessions may include you and/or your family along with your pets.

Birmingham, AL 35244

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Red Rabbit Studios is located in Shelby County Alabama and offers professional headshots, environmental portraits, and fine art to clientele in the greater Birmingham metro area. Artist and owner Stacey Higgins’ style is candid and non-traditional, focusing on the client’s environment and personality to tell their story. She specializes in giving every client an individually styled portrait experience.

Birmingham, AL 35226

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4.7 (20)
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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (1)

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Angela Karen Photographer has photo services suitable for individuals, families, and businesses in and around Birmingham. Areas of expertise include narrative shots, portrait photos, celebration portraits, and fine art photographs. Ms. Karen sees herself as a visual storyteller. She studied under the renowned fine art photographer Joyce Tenneson.

Pelham, AL 35124

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5.0 (10)
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5.0 (1)

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Arden Photography is a Pelham-based studio that, in addition to wedding photo services, also provides portraiture and other options to its Birmingham Metro clientele. Leading the team is Arden Ward Upton, an experienced photographer who has produced images for numerous wedding couples, local and national publications, and celebrities. She has a photojournalistic style that makes her subjects appear beautiful but natural, rather than posed or airbrushed.

Birmingham, AL 35235

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5.0 (43)

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At Pixel Outflow Design & Photography Studio, Stanley Parrish takes portrait photos, and performs graphic design, for local families and businesses. Although specializing in wedding photos, Mr. Parrish can also take portraits and headshots. The Trussville-based artist is a graduate of the University of Alabama's Fine Arts and Graphic Design program, and has worked as a professional graphic designer for more than 15 years. He has appeared on Borrowed & Blue as a "Featured Wedding Vendor."

Birmingham, AL 35216

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Love Be Photography is the studio of Brittany Arias Sturdivant, an inveterate wedding and portrait photographer serving customers from all over the Birmingham Metro. She founded Love Be Photography to serve local couples, providing them with enduring memories of their big day. Prospective clients are welcome to contact Ms. Sturdivant and set up a consultation.

Birmingham, AL 35213

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5.0 (31)

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Kevin Roberts Photography is a Birmingham photography studio that emphasizes collaboration between the artist and the client. People working with Mr. Roberts can help him plan the style of the final product. Prospective customers should view the portfolios on Kevin Roberts Photography and then contact the team to set up an initial consultation.

1211 28th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

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5.0 (51)

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Amanda Dyer Photography is a boutique portrait studio that's located in Birmingham and serves clients throughout the city and its surrounding areas. Photographer Amanda Dyer offers a variety of portrait services, including senior portraits, family portraits, and corporate headshots. Portrait sessions can be booked in-studio or at a location of her clients' choosing. Amanda is experienced in working with children of all ages and aims to help them and their families feel comfortable and have fun during family portrait sessions.

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Be Light Photography

Birmingham, AL 35242

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5.0 (6)

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Be Light Photography is a team of photographers based in Birmingham whose specialty is portraiture. The studio's specialty is weddings. In 2016, staff members have shot portraits at weddings as far north as Oregon and as far south as Florida. Be Light Photography has received a flurry of awards from wedding websites and publications. WeddingWire gave the team its "Couples' Choice Award," Blue Ribbon recognized it as a "Blue Ribbon Vendor," and Southern Celebrations Magazine has published features about the group.

Birmingham, AL 35242

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Rebecca Long Photography is a Birmingham photo studio that offers portrait photography for weddings, engagement parties, materinity, graduations, and other special occasions. Ms. Long, whose professional background is in graphic design, has progressed over the years from photographing still objects and posed scenes to taking candid shots that look natural, not posed. She does not over-edit her photos. Clients can expect crisp, richly colored pictures, rather than artificially perfect representations.

Birmingham, AL

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5.0 (67)
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5.0 (58)

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Fossil Photography captures memorable moments in the lives of individuals, couples, and families in Birmingham and the neighboring areas. Its photographer, Jessica, helps her clients tell their stories through wedding, engagement, birth and newborn, and family portrait photography. She also creates mini videos that illustrate a whole day or even just a few minutes in a person's life. In addition, her studio provides design services for birth announcements, wedding invitations, holiday greetings, and handcrafted albums.

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2031 Valleydale Road, Hoover, AL 35244

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4.9 (52)
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5.0 (3)

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kp studios is a photography company serving the Birmingham metro. It offers a variety of photography services, including portraits and business, acting, and lifestyle headshots. They provide a headshot and portrait picture that says a lot about a person and their business. Advertising, commercial, lifestyle, editorial, and industrial photography are also available. The company's owner, Kristie Pickett, aka KP, LaRochelle, holds a bachelor of fine arts degree. She has 20 years of advertising and commercial lifestyle photography experience.

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FAQs

  • Introduction

    Portrait photography can be the perfect way to capture special moments for adults, children, couples, and families. It's a popular option for occasions, such as graduations, weddings, birthdays, and various milestones reached throughout childhood. However, you don't need a special reason to get a portrait professionally done, as there are many photographers eager to work with new clients at a reasonable rate.

    Professional portrait photography takes years of practice, and the right photographer can achieve results that go far beyond the typical selfie. A magnificent portrait can bring out the subject's inner qualities, allowing their unique personality to shine through for generations to cherish.
  • What is portrait photography?

    Portrait photography is the art of capturing a sitter's likeness with a camera. While this may sound as simple as snapping a quick shot with your mobile phone, the truth is that a truly good portrait photo is difficult to achieve. The goal of a high-quality photo is to capture the personality and emotions behind the subject.

  • What is the history of portrait photography?

    Since the invention of the first camera in 1839, portraits have been one of the most popular kinds of photos. However, way back when, photos needed an exposure time of 20 minutes or more, meaning you would need to sit completely still for that time or else end up with a blurry image.

  • Where can you learn portrait photography?

    Many art schools across the country offer degrees in photography, and some even have specialized classes in portraiture. This can be a good option for young photographers who want a well-rounded skill set. However, many dedicated portrait photographers are self-taught and rely on their portfolios to serve as their credentials.

  • How do you start a portrait photography business?

    Before starting a portrait studio, it's best to gain experience shooting your friends and family so you have a strong portfolio to show clients. Once you're confident in your work, try making a website where you can direct new businesses interested in having their pictures taken.

  • How to eliminate shadows in portrait photography?

    The secret behind many photographers' success is that photography is 50% editing. If you're working digitally, you can open up your pictures in editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, and use its digital tools to manipulate shadows and highlights. If you prefer to work analog, the best way to mitigate shadows is proper lighting.

  • What are the four categories of portrait photography?

    The four categories of portrait photography are constructionist, candid, environmental, and creative.

    1. Constructionist photographs involve working with a photographer who will sit you in different poses and lighting to create the perfect shot from the ground up.
    2. Candid photos are taken with minimal setup, trying to capture their subject in the moment.
    3. Environmental photos try to capture subjects in their natural environment.
    4. Creative photography uses a variety of experimental techniques and elements to create an original image.