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Best Portrait Photographers in Buffalo, NY

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Buffalo Portrait Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Williamsville, NY 14221

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5.0 (4)
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4.6 (1)

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Knight Studio Photography is based in Williamsville, NY, and specializes in wedding, engagement, and commercial photography. The team has over 25 years of photography experience, and photographers Robert Knight and Tiffany Answeeney take a journalistic approach to their shoots creating images that document the occasion.

Buffalo, NY

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5.0 (42)
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5.0 (29)
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5.0 (1)

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Natasha helps ladies who are searching for tasteful boudoir portraits, to look and feel fabulous in front of the camera. Her clients can have exquisite, romantic portraits that mesmerize them, without feeling self conscious and un-photogenic. The relaxing studio combined with Natasha's laid-back approach and creative eye helps women to pose confidently and look exquisite! Very shortly they find themselves looking stunning in tasteful and romantic portraits that they love and will be mesmerized by!

Grand Island, NY 14301

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5.0 (13)
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4.9 (12)
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5.0 (1)

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Elizabeth Snyder Photography is based in Grand Island,NY and specializes in wedding and portrait photography. Photographer Elizabeth Snyder has been taking pictures for many years and became a professional photographer in 2012. Clients speak of Snyder’s professionalism and high quality work. Snyder is highly rated on WeddingWire by past clients.

Williamsville, NY 14221

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5.0 (20)
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5.0 (2)

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Katie LaDota Photography is based in Williamsville, NY, and specializes in photographing maternity, newborns and babies, families and couples, and high school seniors. Photographer Katie LaDota offers photography packages for newborns and babies taking pictures at three-month intervals to capture their growth during the first year of life.

Lancaster, NY 14086

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4.7 (14)

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Jacqueline Connor Photography is based in Lancaster, NY, and specializes in wedding, engagement, and portrait photography. Photographer Jacqueline Connor studied photojournalism and previously worked as a documentary photographer for national newspapers. Clients speak of her high quality work and affordable prices.

Lockport, NY 14094

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5.0 (1)

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Easy Photography Studio is based in Lockport, NY, and specializes in photographing weddings, engagements, newborns, children, high school seniors, families, events, and real estate, and commercial photography. Owner and Chief Photographer Yizi Yang is a Global Marketplace photographer with Flickr, and her photos have been featured in publications such as the Europe Times and the Rochdale Observer.

Buffalo, NY 14214

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5.0 (61)
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5.0 (3)

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Michelle Day Photography is based in Buffalo, NY and specializes in wedding and lifestyle portrait photography. Photographer Michelle Day has been professionally shooting weddings since 2010 and emphasizes telling a story through her photos in a natural, photojournalistic style. Clients speak of Day’s energy and positive attitude during their busy wedding days.

Buffalo, NY 14201

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4.7 (12)
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5.0 (1)

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New York West Photography is a full-service photography studio located in Buffalo, NY that specializes in photographing weddings, portraits, and events. Owner and photographer Jim Cookfair has over 25 years in the industry, and is available for session in the studio or on-location.

Buffalo, NY 14214

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5.0 (1)

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KC Kratt Photography is based in Buffalo, NY, and specializes in photographing people, food, places, and projects for corporations, institutions, ad agencies, and editorial clients. Photographer KC Kratt’s work has been featured in magazines and placed on display at residential facilities.

60 Arielle Court, Buffalo, NY 14221

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5.0 (17)
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5.0 (1)

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Gillian Riesen Photography has been serving clients in the Buffalo area since 2016. The creative portrait photographer takes beautiful, memorable, and usable photos of couples, individuals, newborns, kids, engagements, maternity, and intimate family gatherings indoors or outdoors. Gillian Riesen uses her skills and experience in photography to capture unique, glamorous images for artists, opera singers, composers, and directors in different locations. She also makes customized and effective website designs to promote the pictures.

279 Wellingwood, East Amherst, NY 14051

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4.9 (37)
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5.0 (14)

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TBC Photo is a business offering portrait photography to clients in the Buffalo area. The company has the skills and experience to capture high quality images for classic, creative, and group portraits. It provides formal portraits for commercial and business purposes as well as portraits for families and children. TBC Photo also retouches photos with personal and background enhancements. Company owner and photographer Tara Bazilian Chang has been practicing photography for over 30 years.

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  • Lifestyle
  • Environmental

Compare our Top Portrait Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Knight Studio Photography
Williamsville, NY 14221
Natasha Staszak Photography
Buffalo, NY
Elizabeth Snyder Photography
Grand Island, NY 14301
Katie LaDota Photography
Williamsville, NY 14221
Jacqueline Connor Photography
Lancaster, NY 14086
Easy Photography Studio
Lockport, NY 14094
Michelle Day Photography
Buffalo, NY 14214
New York West Photography
Buffalo, NY 14201
KC Kratt Photography
Buffalo, NY 14214
Gillian Riesen Photography
60 Arielle Court, Buffalo, NY 14221
TBC Photo
279 Wellingwood, East Amherst, NY 14051

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.