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Adam Sheridan-Taylor Photography

Los Angeles, CA 90001
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Adam Sheridan-Taylor Photography was founded by a world-renowned artist who has worked with some of the most respected and well-known celebrities and figures in the modern world. The studio offers high-end, editorial portraits for any occasion and personality, including warm, vivid family portraits, celebrity and corporate headshots, and editorial sessions, all with a crisp, colorful, dramatic style that tells a story with every image. Basic headshot sessions include more than 200 professional images and multiple outfit changes, as well as optional add-ons such as expert re-touching, hairstyling, and makeup for a flawless look. The photographer also specializes in event photography and is available to capture all sorts of special occasions with the same stunning style that has made the studio one of the best in the business.


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Dawson and Associates Photography

Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
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Dawson and Associates Photography has been dedicated to providing extensive and high-quality services to people throughout Southern California for more than three decades. Lead photographer Steve Dawson has photographed people from all strides of life – from world-famous celebrities, to Fortune 50 businesses, to individual families. He personalized approach and understanding of human nature puts people at ease, resulting in powerful and authentic images. He specializes in many different niches of portraits, business and motosports photography, including senior portraits, family portraits, sports banners, executive portraits, military miniatures, publicity, and much more. Dawson has employed his experience to lead photography teams at major events. He has won the Aurora Award four times, as well as other industry awards.

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Emily Sandifer Photography

Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Emily Sandifer Photography is a studio located in Los Angeles that has more than a decade of professional experience doing editorial and commercial photography. Sandifer has taken photographs since childhood, and 15 years ago moved into digital photography. She handles headshots for performers, models, and business executives with after-image editing capabilities to help clients stand out when submitting to talent agencies or casting directors. Her portfolio represents multiple industries that include fashion and beauty, travel, architecture, and videography. Sandifer welcomes many of her clients at her downtown studio, but she is also open to extended travel and location-based assignments.


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Erin Shimazu Photography

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Erin Shimazu received her Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and has trained at Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Santa Monica College, and UCLA. With a love of photography as well as art, she has photographed weddings and created portraits for nearly ten years. Shimazu’s services include wedding photography, international destination wedding photography, engagement sessions, portrait sessions, event photography, and hula sessions. Also available, Shimazu will custom print and design albums, and matte and frame final prints. Believing it is important to find the right photographer, Shimazu recommends meeting with clients before scheduling services.

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Treasured Moments Photography

Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Treasured Moments Photography offers portrait services for the Redondo Beach area. Their team is committed to achieving client satisfaction, and the owner personally trains every photographer on staff. Owner and photographer Adam Almeida has over 25 years of professional photography experience in shooting weddings, families, children, and infants. They are also one of the few studios to have their own processing lab, which allows them to deliver quality prints with a fast turnaround time. Treasured Moments Photography provides a variety of family portraiture packages at scenic locations in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance Beach, Wilderness Park, Palo Verde Estates, and Manhattan Beach.


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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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