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Best Portrait Photographers in Mesa, AZ

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11102 E Rutledge Ave, Mesa, AZ 85212 Rating

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Magical Memories by Michelle specializes in capturing high school senior portraits in a stress-free and memorable environment. Located in Mesa, AZ, Michelle Robertson services the entire Metro Phoenix area. Her award-winning senior pictures are featured in Senior Year Magazine. A free consultation helps each student choose outfits, makeup, and locations that reflect their individual personalities. With over ten years of experience, Michelle records a memorable portrait for every client she photographs.

Mesa, AZ 85206 Rating

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5.0 (12)

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Good Vibes Photography is a Gilbert portrait studio founded by a creative, enthusiastic, and energetic artist with a love for preserving special moments. The photographer tailors each session to the customer's needs, vision, and tastes, using soft, natural colors, dramatic black and white, and creative angles to make each image come alive. From steamy, romantic boudoir sessions and sharp editorial images to heartwarming family pictures and elegant beauty portraits, the studio offers something for everyone. Even the most camera-shy customers can feel relaxed and enjoy working with a caring, supportive, and no-pressure professional and get to see themselves in a whole new, creative, and beautiful light.

Gilbert, AZ 85295 Rating

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5.0 (44)

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Cadwallader Photography, in Gilbert, Arizona, has been capturing images for the most significant chapter of her people’s lives for years. Katie Cadwallader, chief photographer, offers a variety senior and lifestyle portrait options including consultations, basic, standard, advanced sessions, business and portfolio studio headshots, wall portraits, digital file collections, and a la carte prints. Also, for a yearly fee, the KCP legacy program includes bi-annual in-studio photo shoots of any style such as headshots, athletic portraits, and theme sessions, plus an annual family session. The photographer employs a team to help customers style outfits and prepare for shoots, and sample pictures are available 48 hours after sessions on the business’s media app.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Rating

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3.0 (2)

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Headshotsaz is a headshot photography company located in. The company’s headshot sessions include two look or outfit changes, three professional high-resolution retouches, low-resolution social media images, an online gallery, and a headshot preparation guide. Professional make-up is offered by an artist trained at the Joe Blasco Hollywood Academy. Photo sessions may take place outdoors, in-studio, or any office or company location within the Phoenix metropolitan area. The company’s photographers will also travel outside the Phoenix region for professional group or team needs and headshot tours scheduled throughout California and New Mexico. In addition to headshots, the company also offers commercial, editorial, fashion, and modeling photography sessions.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Rating

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5.0 (37)

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Michael Luna Photography is a photo studio based in Scottsdale, AZ that serves Scottsdale and the surrounding Maricopa County, AZ area. It is owned and operated by Michael Luna, who has many years of professional photography experience. He specializes in beauty and model photography and is recommended as a photographer by the FORD/Robert Black modeling agency. Michael shoots many types of portraits, including business head shots, portraits for families and individuals, head shots for models and actors, as well as commercial and product photography. Many clients have spoken highly of Michael for his professionalism, friendly service, and quality of the photos.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Jack Narayanan photography provides high-quality services to people throughout Scottsdale, Arizona, whose lead award-winning photographer has worked in the field for over one and a half decades. Jack is employing his life-long passion for images which was initially sparked while observing his father working on Bollywood film productions. He strives to capture real emotions and believes in the importance of printed photography for tangibly holding on to memories. Jack specializes in family and senior portraits and enjoys using Arizona’s beautiful scenery as background. Taking regular classes and attending seminars is at the core of Narayanan’s up-to-date approaches, techniques and application of modern technology. Jack is a recipient of the Kodak Gallery Award and a member of the Professional Photographers of America.

Compare our Top Portrait Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Magical Memories By Michelle
11102 E Rutledge Ave, Mesa, AZ 85212
Good Vibes Photography
Mesa, AZ 85206
Cadwallader Photography
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Michael Luna Photography
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Jack Narayanan
Scottsdale, AZ 85260


  • 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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