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Best Portrait Photographers in Sacramento

Our Recommended Top 19

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Sacramento 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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Rocklin, CA 95677

Why choose this provider?

Jessica LoCicero Photography has been serving the Sacramento area for more than seven years. The Rocklin-based photography studio captures portraits of high school seniors, families, engagements, expecting mothers, and babies. Jessica LoCicero Photography is a preferred photographer for Shutterfly, and the photographer's work can be seen on Parents.com and in Sacramento Bride & Groom Magazine. Clients say that Jessica LoCicero has affordable prices and creative ideas.

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5.0 / 5 (13)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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Diana Miller Photography specializes in business portraits and headshots, family and lifestyle portraits, pet photography, as well as corporate, and event photography. The business, founded in 1993, is set in a home studio with old stone steps, oak trees, and a creek. Diana Miller founded Little Blessings, a program that photographs chronic and terminally ill babies for free. She also teaches photography classes and offers private lessons. The photographer is a member of the  Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley,  and Professional Photographers of America.    

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (39)

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Sacramento, CA 95834

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DNA Premium Photography provides a range of photography services to clients in the Sacramento metro. The company has a strong focus on portrait photography, and gives its clients the option to have their portraits customized to match their home's interior. Family, maternity, and boudoir photography are also available. Clients can choose from different packages, such as the bronze, silver, and gold folio collections. DNA Premium Photography has a private studio, makeup area, dressing room, makeup artists, and a posing expert.

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4.5
Facebook
4.4 / 5 (33)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (29)

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Rocklin, CA 95677

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Debbie Thompson Photography & Productions is based in Rocklin and has been serving the Sacramento area since 1998. Debbie specializes in weddings, portraits, events, travel photography, and Television/media production. She also offers mentorship and private photography lessons. Her work has been featured in print and Television, and she has twice received the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award. Clients say that Debbie Thompson is friendly, professional, and honest.

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5.0

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Sacramento, CA 95834

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Ryan Angel Studio specializes in a raw and edgy photography style. The Sacramento photography studio shoots lifestyle portraits, corporate headshots, commercial modeling photos, high fashion photos, and portraits of government and city officials. The photographer is a member of Professional Photographers of America and the National Press Photographers Association. Clients give positive feedback for Ryan Angel Studio's professional, kind, and confident photographer.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (4)

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Sacramento, CA 02860

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Stacey Doyle Photography is a Sacramento based business that provides high-end product, branding, headshots, and portraits. Stacey has been in business for over 20 years and loves to create compelling and dynamic images that tell a story. Her main focus is creating artful and engaging visual content, especially for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She offers in house, contactless studio sessions as well as physically distant, on-location photo sessions.

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4.9
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (24)
Google
5.0 / 5 (14)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (4)

Website
Folsom, CA 95630

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Studio 24 specializes in entertainment industry photography. The studio uses natural light to capture professional headshots and has taken hundreds of actor photos over the years. The business' lifestyle portrait package includes hair and makeup, wardrobe styling, online gallery hosting, and full image rights. Studio 24 is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.

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4.8
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (31)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (17)

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Website
2420 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

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Studio A Photography serves clients in Sacramento and the rest of California. The studio offers portrait photography services and covers family events such as quinceañeras, graduations, and weddings. It also conducts maternity and newborn photoshoots. Headshots, cake smash, and holiday photography services are also available. The studio provides photo prints in acrylic and framed Dibond metal. Studio A Photography also accommodates international clients. Co-owners Juan Padilla and Abygail Hernandez have backgrounds in editorial, photojournalism, and sports photography.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (20)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Folsom, CA 95630

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The photographer behind K.Smith Photography is licensed and insured and has been shooting photos since she was in college. The studio's portrait sessions include a private online gallery, up to three clothing changes, and the client's choice of location within 25 miles of Sacramento. Clients say that the photographer is polite and professional and takes beautiful photos.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (2)

Website
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Why choose this provider?

Audrey Perez Photography takes outdoor or studio photos of expecting mothers, newborns, kids, families, seniors, and engaged couples. The business provides add-on services including professional makeup application, hair styling, and extra shooting time. Clients give positive feedback for the studio's fun photoshoots and quality photos.

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Sacramento, CA 95816

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Green Vintage Photography is a Sacramento portrait photography studio that shoots photos of newborns, kids, families, and high school seniors. The studio fully customizes its sessions to its client's needs and provides up to 75 edited images, print rights, a planning consultation, and a shareable online gallery. Clients have praised Green Vintage Photography for its talented, friendly, and organized photographer.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (52)

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Website
Gold River, CA 95670

Why choose this provider?

Brenda Bisharat Photography is run by an award-winning photographer who has been shooting portraits for more than 25 years. The business, based in Gold River, shoots photos of newborns, kids, families, and high school seniors. Brenda Bisharat is a member of Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley, Professional Photographers of America, the International Registry of Children's Photographers, and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. The photographer also volunteers her talent for Moment by Moment and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Rio Oso, CA 95674

Why choose this provider?

Nadeen Flynn Photography specializes in senior, teen, and tween portraits on location. The Rio Oso business also shoots family portraits, still life photos, and landscape photos. Nadeen Flynn runs personalized mentoring programs for aspiring photographers. Clients have praised the photography studio for its fun photoshoots and talented photographer who captures beautiful, distinctive shots.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (13)

Website
Sacramento, CA 95816

Why choose this provider?

The founder of Rudy Meyers Photography has been shooting photographs for more than 25 years. The Sacramento studio captures lifestyle portraits, professional headshots, corporate portraits, medical portraits, and editorial photos. Clients give positive feedback for the company's passionate, hardworking, and personable photographer.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (19)

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Website
Woodland, CA 95776

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Luke Is the Blacksheep captures lifestyle portraits, high school senior portraits, professional headshots, and any other kind of portrait. The Woodland photography studio also shoots photos of engagements, weddings, families, kids, and costume portraits. The company's standard photoshoots last up to 90 minutes and include digital images of the edited photos on a CD or delivered digitally. Clients say that the photographer provides a welcoming and friendly service.

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5.0 / 5 (16)

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Website
Sacramento, CA 95826

Why choose this provider?

The founder of Rachelle Photography has been shooting photographs for more than 15 years. The Sacramento photographer captures portraits at the client's choice of location in an hour-long shoot. The studio's work has appeared in Sacramento Bride & Groom, Ultimate MMA, Where to Retire, and Wedding Chicks. The business won The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 and WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards 2012.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (57)

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Website
Sacramento, CA 95818

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John Decker Photography provides portrait photography services for editorial, commercial, and personal clients. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer has more than 20 years of photography experience and has worked as the personal photographer for Governer Arnold Schwartzenegger. John Decker's work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, and other publications.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (11)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (2)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (2)

Website
Sacramento, CA 95822

Why choose this provider?

Eleakis & Elder Photography has been photographing Sacramento clients since 1986. The studio shoots photos of families, pets, babies, expecting mothers, kids, graduates, and individuals. The photographers donate their time to the Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento SPCA, and are members of the Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (31)

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Website
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Based in Elk Grove, California, Treasured Moments Photography provides personalized photo sessions on location throughout the greater Sacramento area. Treasured Moments Photography can offer services to a variety of events but typically specialize in the areas of senior portraits, children's sessions, newborns, family portraits, engagements, weddings, and real estate photos. However, Treasured Moments is not limited to these services and is available for all kinds of special occasions, events, fundraisers, parties, or conventions. The owner of Treasure Moments understands the sincerity and sentimentality of portraits and has allowed families to pay a sitting fee which includes a physical drive of the pictures taken and the authorization to print them at any time as needed. This, in turn, avoids buying expensive packages only to have wasted photos without use.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

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.