Best Portrait
Photographers in
San Diego

Why These Portrait Photographers?

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 San Diego, 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.

Amy Gray Photography

Amy Gray is a professional photographer who specializes in custom portraits of families and engaged couples. She takes photos at outdoor locations in and around the San Diego area, using natural light to capture beautiful images. Families and couples speak highly of the skill and vision that she brings to their sessions.

Spring Valley, CA(619) 322-4986


Ashley DuChene Photography

Ashley DuChene is a professional portrait specialist in San Diego who has more than ten years of experience working with children and photography. She is a second-generation photographer with a passion for capturing beautiful photos. She has a reputation for professionalism and recently won a place on Yelp's list of Top-100 Business Owners in the US. As well as portrait photography, Ashley specializes in commercial photography; focusing on children, animals, and health & fitness.

San Diego, CA(619) 246-4212


Brandon Colbert Photography

Brandon Colbert is a freelance photographer and cinematographer who specializes in weddings, engagements, and family portraits. Since graduating from the Brooks Institute of Photography, Brandon has built a reputation for skill and professionalism. His clients are also quick to praise his creativity and his patience, as well as his eye for beauty.

San Diego, CA(858) 602-8722


Brant Bender Photography

Brant Bender is a San Diego photographer with thirty years of experience. He is a professionally trained photojournalist (with United Press International) who uses his talents to capture beautiful memories for couples on their wedding days. Newlyweds speak highly of his artistic vision and attention to detail, and they appreciate his genuine and down-to-earth manner.

San Diego, CA(858) 218-4082


CJ Thomas Photography

CJ Thomas is a wedding and portrait photographer. He is based in San Diego but travels all over the world serving couples and families who want to capture special memories. CJ describes his style as bold, artistic, and modern -- he focuses on delivering quality photos, as well as building a positive relationship with his clients. His photographs have earned effusive praise from many couples, who are grateful for the beautiful images that CJ gave them.

San Diego, CA(619) 494-1203


EoLea Photography

Erin O'Leary is a third generation lifestyle photographer who has traveled the world photographing weddings, landscapes, concerts, and a host of other subjects. She describes her style as candid and uninterrupted, and her subjects say that she has a special talent for capturing stunning images. Erin offers photo sessions for weddings, family portraits, events, concerts, and faraway locations. She provides professional editing, and she specializes in posters and graphic design. Erin donates her services to various charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the National MS Society, and the American Freedom Festival.

Carlsbad, CA(760) 213-5552


Ernie & Fiona Photography

Ernie and Fiona Padaon are a husband and wife team of wedding and portrait photographers based in San Diego. They have a reputation for taking spectacular photographs, and their work has been featured Exquisite Weddings, One Fab Day, and The Knot.

San Diego, CA(760) 716-0576


Jessi Photography

Jessi Shidransky is a San Diego photographer who specializes in weddings and engagements. He also provides portrait photography and headshots for actors and business people. Jessi offers quality prints to his clients, and couples have the option of receiving personalized albums that are handmade in Italy. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America.

San Diego, CA(619) 549-5412


John Cocozza Photography

John Cocozza is a professional photographer who has more than a decade of experience photographing bikini models, magazine editorials, and swimwear catalogs. He serves clients in San Diego, South Bay, North County, and Southern California; and he is an expert in capturing a huge range of subject matter, including surfing, martial arts, pets, events, products, business portraits, photojournalism, and landscapes. John digitally markets and promotes the models that he shoots, and they speak highly of his skill, professionalism, and vision.

San Diego, CA(858) 952-9999


Justin Novak Photography

Justin Novak is a professional portrait photographer who specializes in creative portraits, advertising campaigns, and commercial images. He describes his style as "simple and traditional, yet artistically unique". His clients include celebrities, corporate executives, and Olympic & collegiate athletes, -- they all speak highly of his skill and professionalism, as well as his helpful manner. Justin is the current Vice President of the American Society of Media Photographers in San Diego, and his work has been showcased by The New York Times. He travels all over the United States, as well as other countries, to pursue his passion for photography.

San Diego, CA(858) 876-7427


Michael & Kate Photography

Michael and Kate Auda are a husband and wife team who have specialized in wedding photography for more than ten years. They provide their clients with beautiful wedding mementos -- signature albums, coffee table books, large giclee prints, bamboo prints, wood prints, and traditional glossy and semi-gloss professional prints. Newlyweds are delighted with the photographs that Michael and Kate take, and highly recommend their services to anyone who is getting married. Engagement, portrait, headshot, and event shoots are also available.

San Diego, CA(619) 535-8785


Natalya Fiore Photography & Design

Natalya Fiore is a wedding and lifestyle photographer with a reputation for taking beautiful and personal photos. She offers sessions for couples, families, expecting mothers, and newborns on location in San Diego and Southern California. Natalya provides her clients with custom album designs; slideshow designs; canvas, metal, and bamboo prints; custom wedding invitation designs; thank you cards; wedding signs and logos; oil paintings; and watercolor illustrations.

San Diego, CA(619) 962-1492


Paige Nelson Photography

Paige Nelson is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Southern California. She has a reputation for taking beautiful photographs, and couples speak highly of her talent and vision. Paige was a winner of the Top Knots wedding photography competition in 2016, and more of her work has been featured in Wedding Paper Divas, Intimate Weddings, and H&H Weddings. She is available for worldwide travel.

Santee, CA(760) 586-5272


Photos By Leyna

Leyna Butcher is a professional lifestyle photographer based in San Diego. She specializes in family portraits, newborn photography, and photography for special occasions. Leyna creates family heirlooms and custom wall galleries -- to the delight of her clients, who speak highly of her artistic talents.

San Diego, CA(619) 886-7533



SDProHeadshots is a San Diego company that specializes in professional business headshots. The company has an illustrious client list, including Morgan Stanley, MTV, Sony, and Blackwater USA. SDProHeadshots has a strong focus on quality and service, and its clients report a very high level of satisfaction. The company is owned and operated by Donald Carlton, an expert photographer with 10+ years of experience and training. He specializes in commercial and corporate photography, but he also creates landscape photos and offers weekend workshops.

San Diego, CA(619) 618-8003


Tiffany Michelle Photography

Tiffany Michelle Photography is a family, child, and maternity portrait creator in La Jolla. The owner and camera professional shoots in-home and on location, and some of the venues are Balboa Park and Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Tiffany Michelle Photography also takes pictures of high school seniors.

La Jolla, CA(858) 247-1978


Tim Otto Photography

Tim Otto is a wedding and engagement photographer serving San Diego, Southern California, and locations throughout the world. Tim has built a reputation for skill and professionalism over the last 15+ years that he has been in business, and couples are quick to praise his artistic talent. He has a degree in Photography and Graphic Arts, and his work has been featured in local and national publications, including InStyle, Inside Weddings, and Dreamweddings.

San Diego, CA(858) 273-5889


True Photography

True Photography is an award-winning company that provides photography services locally, nationally, and all over the world. Its employees are experts in weddings, engagements, events, commercial, corporate, and family portraiture, as well as enhancing and retouching photographs. Every photographer here has at least ten years of professional experience, and the company has a strong focus on quality --it has a reputation among its clients for delivering beautiful photographs. True Photography has won a slew of awards, including those from The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Channel 10. Its work has been showcased in publications such as People Magazine, E! Online, Martha Stewart, ESPN, and Exquisite Weddings.

San Diego, CA(619) 795-9545


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