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Best Portrait Photographers in San Leandro, CA

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Alameda, CA 94501 Rating

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4.4 (7)
5.0 (5)

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Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography is a photography company in Alameda, California, serving clients for more than 25 years. They have successfully served editorial, commercial, and non-profit clients throughout the years. Their photo services include corporate: executive head shot portraits, corporate: event and conference photography, healthcare, and non-profit. Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography offers portraits, healthcare photography, corporate photography, education photography, photography for non-profits, lifestyle photography, and more. They have worked for the gay prom, Portrait of the AIDS Generation, documentary projects, and iPhoneography. Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography is a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers, Advertising Photographers of America, International Association of Business Communicators, and San Francisco Chapter of AIGA.

Oakland, CA 94610

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Based in Oakland, CA, Manalo Pictures has been serving the surrounding Bay Area since 2010 with creative and compelling portrait photography and cinematic video from its boutique studio. Principal photographer and owner Gregory Manalo takes a hands-on approach to his craft. Fashion photography is one of his specialties, where he has worked with stylists and designers like Michael Gregory Allen and The Neo Dandy Fashion Collective. Gregory Manalo is also an expert in promotional and film content, as he shoots, edits, writes, and directs all projects that he undertakes. In addition to fashion and film, Manalo also uses his cinematic and photographic skill to capture individual and group dance. His many commercial clients include the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel Channel, eBay, Sephora, PC World, and Discovery Digital Networks.

Oakland, CA 94602 Rating

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5.0 (42)
5.0 (7)
4.8 (4)

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Francis Baker Photography is a studio that specializes in photographing people and their elements. Owner/photographer Francis Baker has made visual art from a broad range of subjects and situations, from a chef preparing a meal to a bride planning her wedding day to a business executive taking an important phone call. Clients have commented that Baker has a knack for making art from the mundane. Baker’s unique style uses a 19th Century process referred to as gum bichromate, which makes use of contact negatives to produce a final image. Baker primarily serves businesses and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, though travel and location-based photography is also an option.

Oakland, CA 94601 Rating

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5.0 (6)

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Light Illusions Photography has specialized in portrait photos for clients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2002. The studio can cater to sessions for maternity, children, headshots, models, weddings, sports, pinups, commercial products, boudoir and nude shoots, fine art, events, fashion/fitness, and performance/dance. A photobooth is also available, and people can review the photographer's equipment and past work on the group's site. Photographer Tiffany Davis studied photography with Professor David Kerr at Skyline College and has been published in CCSF's Magazine and in City College of San Francisco’s newspaper, has photographed the San Francisco Giants, and was a freelance photographer for Tesla Motors as well.

Compare our Top Portrait Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography
Alameda, CA 94501
Manalo Cinematic LLC
Oakland, CA 94610
Francis Baker Photography
Oakland, CA 94602
Light Illusions Photography
Oakland, CA 94601


  • 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.