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Best Portrait
Photographers in
San Mateo

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 Mateo, 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.

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Anna Dobrenski Photography

People interested in the services of Anna Dobrenski Photography can peruse the company’s diverse collection of portfolios to find a quality and style which suits their needs and desires. Ms. Dobrenski is the chief photographer and specializes in helping capture what it feels like to know the people in the pictures, not just their physical appearance. She has lived in many places throughout the United States and currently resides in Portola Valley, where she serves residents of the nearby communities. The company uses a modern, light-filled aesthetic in their portraiture. Individuals who request services from Anna Dobrenski Photography can choose from a few pre-made packages to determine which would work for them. The company allows clients to select images from packages for a discounted rate, or they can make their own on an a la carte system.

Portola Valley, CA (415) 518-8880


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Anne Kohler Photography

Anne Kohler Photography is a professional photography business located in Basel, Switzerland that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area and beyond. Originally from Alameda, California, the company has a social media presence on Instagram and Facebook and can be contacted for booking purposes by phone, via email, or through the messaging system on the company's official website. Anne Kohler Photography specializes in portraiture work, including photo shoots of people, landscapes, cityscapes, and products. The company is also available for family and children photo sessions and features its artistic and surreal photography projects on the gallery section of its website.

Alameda, CA


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Brad and Rachel Photography

Brad + Rachel Photography is a wedding and portrait photography business in San Francisco, CA. Brad and Rachel use a documentary style to their maternity, newborn, family, senior, and portrait photography, shooting for an hour and providing at least 45 edited photos for clients. The couple also photographs engagement sessions, with 90 minutes of shooting and 75+ edited photos. Brad + Rachel Photography also photographs weddings with two photographers and beginning-to-end coverage. Clients who refer others can get a $50 photo credit. Reviewers praise the couple for their photography skills and their ability to make subjects feel comfortable in front of their cameras.

Redwood City, CA (951) 398-1116


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Lulu Jane Photography

Lulu Jane Photography has been a portrait photo studio serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years. Clients hire the group for family photography, newborn sessions, child portraits, maternity sessions, high school senior portraits, and couples photography, and all sessions typically take place with plenty of natural light outdoors or in Lulu Jane's studio. Video sessions are available as well for fun family mini-films that are three to four minutes in length and accompanied by music. The photographer was a commercial photography major at Columbia, worked as a freelance fashion stylist after graduation, and strives to capture perfect memories for families to cherish forever.

Portola Valley, CA (650) 521-2309


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Photography By Jovanni

Photography by Jovanni is a photography service run by Jovanni Casaus. Located in San Mateo, Casaus serves numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Francisco, and San Jose. He provides packages for headshots, events, and portraits. There are special rates for actors, entertainers, and businesses. Packages include password-protected proofing pages, photo editing, and coaching of posing techniques. Event options require a two-hour minimum and do not have a limit on the number of photos taken. Sessions can be scheduled online, and a deposit is required upon scheduling. Clients remark on Casaus’ patience, relaxed coaching style, professionalism, and inspirational environment.

San Mateo, CA (650) 458-7512


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Sue Choi Photography

Sue Choi is a photographer who serves the San Francisco area. She is available to take photos of children’s birthday parties and other family events as well as family portraits. Each photo session includes a pre-session consultation and an online private photo gallery. Client-selected photos will be edited within a week; clients should allow an additional two to three weeks for family portrait prints, canvas gallery wraps, photo books, and greeting cards. Certain venues for photo sessions throughout San Mateo, Los Altos, and San Bruno will receive discounts. Clients are recommended to book Choi one to three months before their scheduled session. She is a licensed and fully insured photographer. Clients appreciate Choi’s professionalism and fun spirit.

San Francisco, CA (650) 340-6150


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Superb Imagery

Superb Imagery is a Half Moon Bay-based photography company run by Josh Murphy. Murphy’s services include family portraits, headshots, candids, events, and maternity photo sessions. Sessions last one to two hours and include ten to 50 edited, high-resolution photographs depending on the selected session. Murphy can include extra photos for additional charges. His maternity session services feature monthly sessions with ten photos from each session. Private online photo galleries are available one week after a session, and fully-edited photos are available two to four weeks after the clients select their photos. Murphy is also available to do events lasting up to five hours. He accepts cash and credit cards and a deposit is required to book sessions.

El Granada, CA (650) 504-6919


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Vandenbroeck Photography

Vandenbroeck Photography is a San Mateo, California based portraiture and documentary company with over five years of experience. Owner Audrey has a long history of photographing clients of all types in all manner of situations, including engagement, lifestyle, and maternity sessions. All of Audrey's shoots are held on location and use natural lighting. Sessions come with editing services, and proofs are generally ready to be delivered to clients within three days of completion. Prospective customers interested in contracting Vandenbroeck Photography's services can contact the company by phone, through the company's online form, or via its social media platforms.

San Mateo, CA (650) 278-9747


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