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Best Portrait Photographers in Oakland, CA

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Oakland, CA 94577

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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (2)

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Anika Janell Photography is located in Oakland, CA and provides superior photographic artistry for clients in the entire Bay Area. Anika Janell specializes in maternity, couples, newborn, children's milestones, first birthdays, family, and individual portraiture. Anika Janell prides herself on superior customer service and works with her clients to develop creative concepts for every engagement. Anika even has customized props that are available on request, and Anika guarantees that all photo sessions will be filled with conversation and laughter. Anika Janell has received excellent reviews on social media and offers prices and packages that can be tailored to any budget. Anika Janell Photography happily accepts reservations and inquiries for new engagements.

Oakland, CA 94608

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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (2)

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Dana Davis Photography is a full-service professional photography studio operating in the community of Oakland, California, and the surrounding areas. Established over 30 years ago, Dana Davis Photography is a locally owned and operated business specializing in fine art portrait photography. Owner and lead photographer Dana Davis graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from the Visual Studies Workshop/ State University of New York in Rochester, New York. This studio provides a range of services including product photography, editorial and promotional photography, architecture, fine art, event photography, and art installed. Clients recommend Dana Davis Photography for their attention to detail and unique imagery.

Oakland, CA 94577

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5.0 (6)
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5.0 (2)

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AGB Photographics is a photography company based in the Bay Area of California. The business was founded by Angela Gail Banchi, a photographer who has had a passion for the art since she was young. Banchi has experience working with a variety of photography styles, including fine art photography and alternative photography, and she now specializes in wedding and portrait photography. Wedding services she provides include shots of the ceremony, engagement photo shoots, and documentation of the getting ready process. Portrait services encompass family portraits, business headshots, and a variety of other situations. Clients speak highly of Banchi's positive attitude and artistic talent.

Oakland, CA 94608

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4.9 (17)

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Martin Backhauss Photography is a professional photography company producing upscale and innovative reflections in Oakland and San Francisco, California. Martin Backhauss is an experienced and published photographer of fashion, portrait and beauty photography. Clients may find his published work in 7x7 magazine, California Apparel News, COCO Fashion Magazine, East Bay Express, Filmmaker Magazine, Westfield Style Blog, and Macys Fashion Blog. Martin has also done fashion designer collaborations including four seasons of Project Runway and can be booked for fashion editorials, look books, advertising campaigns, and actor and musician portraits. Clients rave about Martin Backhauss Photography and highly recommend his expertise. To learn more about his services and view his striking gallery customers may visit the website.

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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.

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