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Best Portrait Photographers in Hollywood

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Los Angeles, CA 90068 Rating

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Valentina Socci Photographer is a Los Angeles, California based photographic company that has been in operation for over 20 years. Owner and chief photographer Valentina Socci has previously worked as a fashion photographer in Milan for five years, and past clients of hers include Rossi Moda, Rene Vaovilla, and Mastro Raphael. She has had her work published in magazines such as Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Veranda. Valentina's strong suits include portrait and headshot sessions, celebrity photography, product and commercial documentation, and fashion images. She is active on social media where she maintains a large gallery of her past work for clients seeking to visualize the type of work she produces.

1060 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

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Willo Headshots has been serving the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY for more than 15 years. Willo Headshots studios are experts at providing major talent agencies across the country with elegant photos of individuals trying to break into the film, TV, stage, and media industries. As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, William has honed the technical skills needed to portray the true character of his subjects. The regal headshots of those aspiring stars are created by using the correct combination of location, light, technology, and passion. The portrait experience of Willo Headshots also positions them to excel in the fashion photography arena.

Los Angeles, CA 90001 Rating

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Sean Patrick Photography is an on-location photography company creating one of a kind headshots in Los Angeles, CA. With 15+ years of experience as an actor and photographer, Sean Patrick knows just what his clients need from a headshot to peak the interest of any director. When shooting with Sean Patrick Photography clients can expect to be themselves and be guided by their intuitive feelings. Sean encourages clients to lean into their authentic selves and release their focus on trying to force a pose or expression for the camera. Clients may rely on Sean Patrick Photography for high-quality men's and women's headshots.

Los Angeles, CA 90001

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AZB Studios operates as a photography and videography company dedicated to helping its customers create long-lasting imagery which demonstrates personality and individuality. Their trained photographer specializes in different areas, including headshots for potential actors, professional headshots for businesses, portraits for individuals or groups, and commercial or special events. People interested in AZB Studios can peruse the company’s portfolios to determine if its quality and style suit their needs. The company serves residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding community. Adam Buchsbaum owns the company and works as its chief photographer. He is a native of the city and enjoys screenwriting, sampling unusual foods, and directing as well as creating high-quality pictures and videos for his diverse array of clients.

Los Angeles, CA 90027 Rating

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David Carlson Photography is a portrait photography studio based out of Los Feliz and serving the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. It is the original studio for David Carlson, who has more than two decades of experience in the studio and even more behind a camera. Carlson focuses on five primary areas — men, women, children, corporate, and lifestyle photography. His clients have included families and couples as well as corporate executives and the occasional celebrity. Each package includes a meeting or phone consultation and hundreds of images per look. Carlson also offers special rates for retouching photographs, and he is open to group discounts.


  • 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.