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Crystal Wiggins Photography

San Francisco, CA 94016

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Crystal Wiggins Photography is based in Providence, Rhode Island, and San Francisco, California, and additionally travels to the Boston, New York, and Los Angeles areas. Years ago Crystal became a professional photographer because she understands what it's like to feel awkward in photos and wants to make her clients feel at ease and frame them in a way that makes them look better than they ever thought they could. Her mission is to take photos that become cherished artworks and family heirlooms. She shoots weddings and portraiture. Clients praise Crystal's comforting demeanor and her ability to put her subjects at ease to allow their true personalities to shine through in their photographs.


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Karen Vaisman Photography

5624 Silver Valley Ave, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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Karen Vaisman Photography is a private studio serving Thousand Oaks. It also offers services in Agoura Hills, Woodland Hills, Camarillo, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura Counties. With over 20 years of experience, Karen Vaisman, the owner, provides in-studio and outdoor services for corporate, business, and LinkedIn headshots. The studio’s services include family portraits, senior photos, pet portraiture as well as glamour photos. Karen is a member of Professional Photographers of America and The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Syracuse University and is a Master Retouch Artist.


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Tito Fine Portraits

Westlake Village, CA 91362
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Tito Fine Portraits is a studio that specializes in portrait photography for clients in Westlake Village and the surrounding communities of Ventura County and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Owner Tito Vilela came to the United States from western Europe, where he amassed many years of experience behind a camera before opening their studio in 1996. For more than two decades, Tito has built a lengthy client list that includes business execs, models, and performers from the worlds of acting and music. He works with shadows, natural light, and black-and-white, offering a mix of in-studio and location-based photography for each session.


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Toki Lee

Camarillo, CA 93010
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Toki is known for creating joyful, vibrant portraits that exude warmth and emotion. Based in Southern California, Toki regularly works with not only local clients, but those who travel to see her. Each session begins with a phone or video consultation so that she can get to know you and learn your story. Toki loves to create an experience for clients, capturing the essence of her subjects through fun, relaxed sessions. Clients may choose a lifestyle session great for families and high school seniors or spruce up their professional image with a variety of headshot styles. A breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about making portraits that touch others and preserve memories.


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Frequently Asked Questions


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.

How many different types of portrait photography are there and what are they?

Within the four categories of portrait photography mentioned above, there are countless types of styles and approaches used by photographers today. Some of them include traditional, lifestyle, glamor, fine art, conceptual, surreal, and abstract.

How much is a portrait photographer?

Usually, portrait photographers charge per session, though the total cost can range widely. On the low end of the spectrum, you can find photographers who will charge $150 for a two-hour session. Other photographers may charge $500 per session or more.

What makes a photo a portrait?

A photo is a portrait if its intention is to capture the emotion, personality, or essence of a human being or pet. Usually, a portrait focuses on the face, though some portrait photographers include the full body.

How can I learn portrait photography?

There are many how-to photographer books that can teach you the basics of portrait photography. If you're looking to round out your skill set, getting a degree at an accredited college can be another good option.

What\'s the best camera for portrait photography?

If your goal is to take professional-quality photos, a DSLR camera is a good bet, as it can achieve a high resolution and allows you to switch lenses for different effects. There are many models available by top brands, such as Nikon and Canon.

Should props be included in a portrait?

Traditional portrait photography rarely includes props, though many photographers believe the right prop can add personality to the image. If you're going to use a prop, make sure it adds something meaningful to the photo or reveals something about your sitter.

What are some examples of portrait photography techniques?

One useful trick when taking a portrait with artificial light is to diffuse your light source. Rather than have harsh spotlights on your sitter, reflect it off a nearby wall for a more natural effect. You can also try using gels, which can change the color of the light.

Who are the most famous master portrait photographers?

In the early 1900s, Man Ray and Ansel Adams were two of the most famous portrait photographers, producing fine art images with famous and non-famous subjects. Today, Annie Leibovitz is one of the most recognized names in portrait photography.

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