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Best Portrait Photographers in Thousand Oaks, CA

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5624 Silver Valley Ave, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 Rating

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4.8 (48)

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Karen Vaisman Photography is a private studio serving Thousand Oaks. It also offers services in Agoura Hills, Woodland Hills, Camarillo, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura Counties. With over 20 years of experience, Karen Vaisman, the owner, provides in-studio and outdoor services for corporate, business, and LinkedIn headshots. The studio’s services include family portraits, senior photos, pet portraiture as well as glamour photos. Karen is a member of Professional Photographers of America and The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Syracuse University and is a Master Retouch Artist.

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San Francisco, CA 94016 Rating

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5.0 (12)
5.0 (12)

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Crystal Wiggins Photography is based in Providence, Rhode Island, and San Francisco, California, and additionally travels to the Boston, New York, and Los Angeles areas. Years ago Crystal became a professional photographer because she understands what it's like to feel awkward in photos and wants to make her clients feel at ease and frame them in a way that makes them look better than they ever thought they could. Her mission is to take photos that become cherished artworks and family heirlooms. She shoots weddings and portraiture. Clients praise Crystal's comforting demeanor and her ability to put her subjects at ease to allow their true personalities to shine through in their photographs.

Camarillo, CA 93010 Rating

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5.0 (9)

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Toki is known for creating joyful, vibrant portraits that exude warmth and emotion. Based in Southern California, Toki regularly works with not only local clients, but those who travel to see her. Each session begins with a phone or video consultation so that she can get to know you and learn your story. Toki loves to create an experience for clients, capturing the essence of her subjects through fun, relaxed sessions. Clients may choose a lifestyle session great for families and high school seniors or spruce up their professional image with a variety of headshot styles. A breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about making portraits that touch others and preserve memories.

Westlake Village, CA 91362 Rating

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5.0 (11)
4.0 (4)

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Tito Fine Portraits is a studio that specializes in portrait photography for clients in Westlake Village and the surrounding communities of Ventura County and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Owner Tito Vilela came to the United States from western Europe, where he amassed many years of experience behind a camera before opening their studio in 1996. For more than two decades, Tito has built a lengthy client list that includes business execs, models, and performers from the worlds of acting and music. He works with shadows, natural light, and black-and-white, offering a mix of in-studio and location-based photography for each session.

Compare our Top Portrait Photographers

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Karen Vaisman Photography
5624 Silver Valley Ave, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Crystal Wiggins Photography
San Francisco, CA 94016
Toki Lee
Camarillo, CA 93010
Tito Fine Portraits
Westlake Village, CA 91362


  • 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.