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Best Portrait Photographers in Santa Clara, CA

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San Jose, CA 95123 Rating

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4.8 (5)
5.0 (2)

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Rob Sirota Photography offers portraits, headshots, sports, real estate, pet, and aerial/drone photography. He provides a studio in San Jose, California, and he is willing to travel to homes, offices, or other outside settings in his 100 percent mobile studio. For more than 25 years, Rob has used his skills and talents to provide people with lasting images that allow them to sell themselves in today's world. Clients on Yelp rated him five stars, and others on Google+ gave him 4.8 stars. Customers said Rob was professional, talented, personable, knowledgeable. His jokes put them at ease, and he listened to their preferences and feedback.

2010 El Camino Real #749, Santa Clara, CA 95050 Rating

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5.0 (13)
5.0 (9)
5.0 (6)

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Laura Michele Photography offers portrait photography services in the San Francisco Bay Area. The talented photographer is passionate about photographing maternity, families and children, and outdoor headshots, specializing in families with young children and in-home newborn photography. Laura Michele prints quality pictures professionally for custom wall art or photo albums. Her services also include hand delivery of the photographs and design and installation of wall art for galleries. She aims to capture unique moments that tell the family’s story.

San Jose, CA 95153 Rating

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James Garcia Photography is located in San Jose, CA and specializes in quality lifestyle portraiture and photographic services to clients throughout the San Jose metropolitan area. James Garcia Photography also offers video, illustration and commercial logo work and James Garcia's clients include Cukui Clothing, Kava Clothing, Arrow Surfboards, AD Autowerks, The Bangerz, Brain Clothing, Chomoroboy671 Clothing and much more. James Garcia Photography offers affordable pricing and customized packages for just about any photoshoot, and all sessions can be conveniently booked online or by telephone. James Garcia's website includes various portfolios from recent photo engagements for maximum customer convenience, and James Garcia provides free estimates and consultations on all prospective reservations.

Santa Clara, CA 95050 Rating

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4.2 (5)
4.0 (3)
5.0 (1)

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Mauricio Palomar takes pride in helping regular people have celebrity style photo shoots which demonstrate their personalities. He serves residents throughout the San Francisco Bay area and has worked for clients ranging in age from young children to seniors. He specializes in portrait photographer and encourages people to check him out if they are interested in celebrating milestone birthdays, mother and daughter photo sessions, would like a makeover, or are getting married. Mr. Palomar’s main categories of portraiture are contemporary, modern, and glamour. Interested individuals can look at before and after snapshots of previous customers to see what they would look like on camera compared to their everyday appearance. People can also look at his diverse portfolios to find a style which works for them.

Compare our Top Portrait Photographers

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Rob Sirota Photography
Laura Michele Photography
2010 El Camino Real #749, Santa Clara, CA 95050
James Garcia Photography
Mauricio Palomar


  • 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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