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Best Portrait Photographers in Oceanside

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Oceanside 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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Encinitas, CA 92024

Why choose this provider?

Based in San Diego, California, Soul of Photography is a professional photography business that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area and beyond. The company is headed by one of the six Charter Members of the photography collective known as Leucadia Photoworks and is the exclusive photographer for the magazines DelSol, 92024, and 92067. Soul of Photography offers clients such services as lifestyle imagery for families, brands and children, high school senior portraits, headshots, corporate events, engagement and wedding photography coverage. Additionally, the company offers both artistic print, album and digital images. Soul of Photography can be contacted for booking by phone or email.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (16)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (9)

Website
Encinitas, CA 92009

Why choose this provider?

John Dole Photography is based in San Diego, California and has been in business for nearly two decades. John Dole’s is the owner and photographer of the company and incorporates style and edge into his work to help it stand out. Much of his work has been featured in many publications including Inked Magazine, Riviera Magazine, Interiors Magazine, Men’s Journal Magazine, Enroute Magazine, and much more. John Dole Photography can provide portraiture, commercial and advertising, product, food, wedding, engagements, and architectural photography. Clients can contact John Dole Photography by phone or email, both of which can be found on the company’s website.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.7
Facebook
4.5 / 5 (4)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (3)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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Website
Encinitas, CA 92024

Why choose this provider?

Rick Starkman works as a commercial photographer who became interested in the field when he was 15 years old and decided to try out his friend’s new camera. Mr. Starkman possesses over 20 years of experience in the industry and even built his darkroom when he was younger so he could learn to develop film. He takes pride in his professionalism and specializes in photo sessions for products, architecture, people, food, and fitness shots. He and his company operate out of Encinitas and serves residents of the surrounding region. Interested individuals can peruse the company’s portfolios to determine if they like the quality and style and would want to work together with the photographer.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.4
Google
4.8 / 5 (5)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (5)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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Website
Oceanside, CA 92003

Why choose this provider?

Michael Maxam Photography is a full-service professional photography studio operating in the community of Oceanside, California and the surrounding Southern California areas including San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Riverside. Michael Maxam Photography is a locally owned and operated business specializing in creating beautiful fine art lifestyle and portrait photography. This studio provides a variety of services including children and family portraits, wedding photography, professional headshots, glamour photography, commercial images, creative assignments, sports photography, boudoir sessions, and event photography. This studio also offers professional editing services, high-resolution digital images, access to an online viewing gallery, and a variety of printed options.

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

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