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Best Portrait Photographers in Venice, CA

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Venice, CA 90291

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5.0 (5)
Yelp
5.0 (3)
Facebook
5.0 (2)

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Nadia Tyson Photographer is the business home of documentary, fine art, and headshot photographer Nadia Tyson. She has over fifteen years of experience in the photography industry, beginning with her work as the photo editor for the newspaper at the University of California Santa Barbara. Since then, Nadia has traveled the globe for years following her freelance photography muse. Her travels have included over fifty countries, including Syria, Ghana, India, and Cuba. In her work, Nadia aims to capture the humanity of her subjects without commercializing them. Her photographs showcase a wide swath of humanity, including people from different cultures and with different customs and backgrounds across the globe.

Santa Monica, CA 90291

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5.0 (5)
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5.0 (2)

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Margie Woods is the founder of Woods Photography, a Venice, CA-based studio specializing in portraits, families, children, weddings, engagements, corporate headshots, and branding sessions. Photography packages start at $350 for a session that lasts up to two hours, pre-session phone conversation, and all edited and retouched images on a password-protected online gallery. Full-day wedding packages start at $3,200. Clients can book Woods' services using a convenient online form. Woods is passionate about illuminating and celebrating the true essences of her subjects through photography. Woods Photography has earned a five-star overall customer rating on Yelp. Clients say she is engaging and does beautiful work.

Venice, CA 90291

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5.0 (47)
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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (1)

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Bright Bird Photography specializes in wedding photography. Lead photographer Alexa Gallo likes to capture the funny, quirky moments of weddings and the happenings in-between to show what makes each family different. Alexa is currently based in Los Angeles but sees herself a local of Montana. She is available for location shoots even in far off places. Her primary camera is the Canon 5D MKIV's, but she also shoots films using vintage cameras like the Holga, Polaroid, Fuji, and Hasselblad. Alexa also provides engagement, family and portrait photography services. Her photographs have been featured in many publications, including in Style Me Pretty, Elle, Marie Claire, Grey Likes Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, Brides, and The Knot.

Venice, CA 90291

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5.0 (3)

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Love Bucket Photo is a photography studio located in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA that serves Los Angeles and the surrounding area. It is founded, owned, and operated by Sophie, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree and over a decade of photography experience. Sophie specializes in portrait photos of families and children, but also provides services for professional headshots, event photography such as birthday parties, and business photography such as fashion lookbooks. Sessions can be taken on location in the Los Angeles area or in Sophie’s studio. Clients receive printing and display rights for all their photos.

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FAQs

  • 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.