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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored portrait photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best portrait photographers in Hayward, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Cerissa Mangrum Photography

Headquartered in the Uptown section of Oakland, California, Cerissa Mangrum Photography is a professional photography studio that serves clients in the wider San Francisco Bay metropolitan area. A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Cerissa Mangrum Photography specializes in luxury portraiture work and offers clients such services as glamour shots, personal branding photography, high school senior portraiture, mother/daughter photo shoots, family and pet portraiture, and more. Sessions with owner and photographer Cerissa Mangrum include hair and makeup work as well as an initial consultation. Studio sessions are available on Wednesday and the company can be contacted by phone or email.

Castro Valley, CA(209) 627-8478


Creative Portrait Photography

Creative Portrait Photography by Gretchen Bell is a photography business in Walnut Creek, California that provides images for customers to cherish for a lifetime. Chief photographer Gretchen Bell has years of experience, is familiar with the most beautiful settings in the East Bay, and seeks to artfully capture the individuality of every client. She offers environmental portraits that include sessions in the customer’s preferred outdoor location. Portrait service is available for families, couples, children, pets, and more. She can be contacted by phone or by e-mail, a gallery featuring her work can be viewed online, and she has been described as affordable, knowledgeable, and skilled.

Walnut Creek, CA(925) 998-4937


Desmond Rogers Photography

Desmond Rogers Photography is a studio featuring the work of owner/photographer Desmond Rogers, who has served clients in the Oakland and San Francisco Bay area for many years. Rodgers specializes in capturing weddings, events, and portraits. His work includes a mix of both posed and candid shots. He has documented moments between engaged couples, church services, bachelorette parties, and corporate events. Clients have also utilized his portraiture abilities for professional headshots or to immortalize special moments in a child's life and development. Rodgers also features family sessions and anniversary photo shoots in an extensive portfolio, and he offers free consultations before taking on each project.

Alameda, CA(510) 472-9753


Diane Villadsen Photography

Diane Villadsen is a portrait photographer in San Francisco, who “masterfully combines color and light to create eye-catching imagery.” Diane primarily takes fashion-related projects for commercial clients, and she commits to meeting their requirements. Diane has years of industry exposure and training, and her works have appeared in various digital and traditional publications. The company strives to deliver high-quality pieces to wow the audience, and its social media pages feature some of Diane’s most recent projects. The shop can provide mentoring for enthusiasts and aspiring professionals, and it offers a free copy of the guide, “Building a consistent body of work,” through its website.

Campbell, CA(408) 507-9167


Jerry Hamilton Photography

Jerry Hamilton Photography is a San Leandro, California based photographic company that has been providing private and commercial service to a wide range of clients for over 15 years. Owner and operator Jerry Hamilton is a graduate of Chabot College in Hayward, California where he studied technical photo and visual arts. He graduated with Honors as a Certified Photographer and is now a member of the following organizations: the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area, the African American Business Council, and the International Freelance Photographer Association. Some of his specialties include wedding photography, family portraits, special event documentation, and senior and graduate photographs.

San Leandro, CA(510) 346-4792


Justin Schlesinger Photography

Justin Schlesinger Photography is a professional photography business located in the San Francisco Bay Area that serves clients in the surrounding communities and beyond. Owner and lead photographer Justin Schlesinger specializes in portraiture work and is available such events as weddings, company gatherings, couple photography, maternity photo shoots, pet photography, and other special events. The company has been featured on the Kodak Photo of the Day Screen in New York's Times Square and was published in the Best of Photography 2015 list Photographer's Forum Magazine. Justin Schlesinger Photography also offers services for fashion and fine art photography as well as commercial photo shoots.

Alameda, CA(650) 293-7590


Michael Erdman Photography

Michael Erdman Photography is a photography company in San Francisco Bay Area, California, founded in 1991. Their photographer, Michael R. Erdman began his photography career in 1984 and received his advanced photography education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. They offer product photography, executive portraits, a variety of portraits, fine art photography, and pet photography. They produce photographs for advertising agencies, design firms, and direct clients throughout the U.S. Michael Erdman Photography provides exemplary imaging through advanced lighting and camera techniques. Michael R. Erdman transforms ordinary everyday things into objects-of-desire and living beings into works of art. Michael R. Erdman is proud to offer unique imagery, consistency, and professionalism.

Oakland, CA(415) 441-8888


Photograffiti by Auey Santos

Auey Santos Photograffiti is an Oakland, California based photographic company that works in multiple different areas of the industry throughout the greater Bay Area. The company has been shooting professionally for over eights years, and owner Auey Santos was recognized as a Certified Professional Photographer by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission in 2009. The company's primary area of expertise is wedding photography, and Auey offers all her clients full service print and editing services along with every booked wedding package. Interested customers can contact Auey Santos Photograffiti by phone or through the company website to schedule an appointment or to request a pricing consultation.

Oakland, CA(510) 676-2725


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