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Best Portrait Photographers in Boston

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Boston, MA 02114
  • Lifestyle
  • Family

Why choose this provider?

Alex Gordias Photography is a professional imaging company serving Boston and nearby locations. Its team holds indoor and outdoor fashion portrait shoots. The photographers produce both conceptualized and lifestyle-themed fashion editorials that are shot in studio and on location. They also take family portraits, cover weddings, and hold engagement sessions. The company is led by Alex, who has over 15 years of experience. In 2020, Alex Gordias Photography was included in the Wedding Photojournalist Association's Top 50 International Wedding Photographers list.

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5.0 / 5 (21)

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2 Central St Ste 17, Ipswich, MA 01938

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David Shopper Photography is a portrait photography studio that has been in operation in the Boston area for over 30 years. It specializes in natural light portraits, business portraits, and headshots that have been used in company websites and publications. David, the portrait photographer, also captures candid photos of employees in their workplaces during regular workdays. David is also a short film director. He has taught photography classes at NESOP and the Art Institute of Boston for over a decade.

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5.0 / 5 (5)

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2 Central St STE 17, Ipswich, MA 01938

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Cynthia August Images Photography has been serving clients in the Boston, Massachusetts, area for more than a decade. The company works out of its office in Ipswich, offering on-site and in-studio portrait photography for business and commercial purposes. Photographer Cynthia August specializes in headshot photography. Her images are typically used for company websites, business magazine advertisements, trade journal profiles, print collateral, or corporate social media marketing. Photo packages include editing and professional backdrops and lighting.

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5.0 / 5 (9)
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5.0 / 5 (4)

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North Main Street, Natick, MA 01760

Why choose this provider?

Natick-based OJRT Photography is a photography studio that serves Boston and the surrounding areas. It specializes in family portraits, corporate headshots, advertising, and marketing imagery. Its principal photographer graduated with a degree in Photography from the United Kingdom in 2004. OJRT Photography has worked with several clients, such as WellesleyWeston Magazine, General Catalyst, Big City Moms, and IPSEN. His previous customers have mentioned his ability to work well with children, his good taste, and how he is able to capture the essence of people.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (15)
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5.0 / 5 (3)

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Medford, MA 02155

Why choose this provider?

Cydney Scott Photography, headquartered in Medford, can help people from Boston, Arlington, Winthrop, Cambridge, and other nearby cities who are seeking portraiture services. Ms. Scott has been practicing photography for decades, although her professional photography career didn't begin until 1998. She takes editorial, marketing, and portrait photographs throughout Boston and its suburbs.

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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Dighton, MA 02715

Why choose this provider?

Alternate Angles is a leader in the industry, having created images professionally for the past 25 years. Passionate Owner and photographer Laura Pineda specializes in newborns, babies, & family portraiture, working in and around the Boston area. She hand crafts the majority of her props and outfits, making your imagery unique. Alternate Angles is committed to delivering beautiful images and excellent customer service to its clientele and looks forward to serving you with a smile.

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5.0
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (9)
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5.0 / 5 (3)

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81 Tanglewood Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703

Why choose this provider?

Photography by Casey serves the greater Boston area, capturing lifetime moments with her camera. The studio’s portfolio includes newborns, maternity, children, families, high school seniors, and headshots. Her mission is to bring your photo journey from vision to completion in a fun and stress free environment. Assisting in location, clothing and selection of photo products to suit your decorating style.

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5.0
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (13)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Boston, MA 02118

Why choose this provider?

Anthony Grassetti Photography has been serving Boston clients since 2014. Anthony specializes in portrait and fashion photography, both commercial and editorial. He captures acting and corporate headshots, children's portraits, and offers portfolio building for model development. He leverages his fine arts education and working experience with modeling agencies to produce editorial-quality photos that clients can use to stand out in a professional setting or simply to keep as beautiful family mementos. Some of the agencies Anthony has worked with are Wilhelmina, Ford, and IMG.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (29)

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Burlington, MA 01803

Why choose this provider?

Ronnie Saini Photography, a photo studio in Burlington, offers a variety of portraiture and event photography services. Mr. Saini particularly excels at portraits and corporate headshots. Past clients speak highly of him for his friendly, energetic demeanor, and the exceptional quality of his final products.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (67)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (32)

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Website
Boston, MA 02210

Why choose this provider?

Beaupix is a small photography studio in Boston whose selection of services includes family, individual, and professional portraiture. Ryuji Suzuki, who owns and leads the studio, is an inveterate photographer who works primarily in the Boston and NYC Metro areas. In addition to doing commercial work for businesses and creative professionals, he shoots fine art photography. Prospective clients can visit the Beaupix website to view a detailed list of businesses and organizations to whom Mr. Suzuki has provided his services. Recently, his work was featured in "re:development," an exhibition in the Gallery at Atlantic Wharf.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (557)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (117)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (101)

Website
Lawrence, MA 01840

Why choose this provider?

Emily O'Brien Photography is a Boston photo studio that excels at child portraiture. Ms. O'Brien emphasizes creating a warm, welcoming, even playful atmosphere, which makes the space very comfortable for visitors of all ages. In addition to such portraiture services as baby, children, family, senior, and business "headshot" photography, she offers architectural photography services.

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5.0 / 5 (19)
Google
5.0 / 5 (8)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (2)

Website
75 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

Why choose this provider?

Alex Vainstein is an award-winning photographer specializing in various types of portraits. He enjoys taking photos of individuals, families, and groups in a way that will make them feel like they are celebrities featured on the cover of a magazine. He offers outdoor and in-studio sessions for family portraits, professional headshots, business branding, and pet photography. Alex is also a commercial producer and has worked for clients like Bank of America, Dunkin' Donuts, Coca-Cola, Royal Caribbean, and Cadillac.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (9)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (8)

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Winthrop, MA 02152

Why choose this provider?

Photography by Nikki Cole is a photo studio in Winthrop whose specialty is corporate/commercial photography. Professional headshots and portraiture are available both in-studio and on-location. In the past, Ms. Cole has partnered with some prominent brands, including Bio-Oil, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, OMAM, Celtra, Berkshire Partners, and Cablefax.

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4.9
Google
4.9 / 5 (53)
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (30)

Website
Needham, MA 02494

Why choose this provider?

Rick Bern is an executive headshot and family portrait photographer in Boston. He offers both in-studio and on-location sessions. He provides photo retouching and offers up to five outfit changes in his headshot sessions. He also accommodates hair and makeup requests and is partnered with artist Bre Welsh who is recognized by Improper Bostonian Magazine as one of the "Best of Boston". Rick has worked on various projects and campaigns including Beyond Meat's #GoBeyond campaign with professional basketball player Kyrie Irving.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (229)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (54)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (24)

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Boston, MA 02134

Why choose this provider?

Stephen Sherman, in Boston, is a portrait photographer with extensive training and experience. He studied Photography at Boston University, and then the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Creative Photo Lab, learning from nationally acclaimed luminaries like Lee Lockwood, Tod Papageorge, and Jonathan Greene. After several years producing editorial photos for Time, Newsweek, the New York Time, and other publications, he began expanding his repertoire. Now he performs lifestyle, portrait, and conceptual photography for businesses and individuals.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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22 Batterymarch Street, Boston, MA 02109

Why choose this provider?

Boston Portrait Company is a studio in the city's Financial District that specializes in corporate portrait photography. Kristin Emerson founded the business in 1993. Nichole and Michael Fredriksen, who have been involved in BPC since 2007, acquired the business in 2013. Clients may choose to visit the Boston Portrait Company Studio, or they can request on-site photos at their business or office building.

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Google
4.9 / 5 (9)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (2)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Boston, MA 02210

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Joel Benjamin Photography is a Boston studio specializing in fashion photography, but also offering portraiture services of children, families, and professionals. Mr. Benjamin has taken corporate photos for Samsonite, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Thomson Reuters, Houghton Mifflin, Bacardi, Hasbro, and Virgin Records. His editorial photography has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine, Health Magazine, Wired, Bon Appétit, and Improper Bostonian.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

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2320 Commonwealth Ave, Auburndale, MA 02466

Why choose this provider?

Famili Photography is an Auburndale-based photography studio that also serves individuals, groups, and families in the Boston metro area. The studio's sole photographer, Christine Demura, offers various types of portrait photography sessions, such as family portraits, senior portraits, engagement portraits, maternity portraits, baby and newborn portraits, and child portraits. The portrait photographer also offers headshots photography sessions, whether corporate, outdoor, and professional headshots. All Famili Photography portrait packages include digital prints.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (46)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (7)

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720 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339

Why choose this provider?

Kimberly Ann Empowerment Photography, LLC, caters to the people of Boston. Its owner and photographer, Kim Murphy, offers boudoir portrait sessions with the aim of empowering women and making them feel better about their bodies. She schedules a meeting with clients before the shoot to discuss their preferred style of photography and dress choices. The session package she offers includes hair and makeup and posing instructions. Following the shoot, Kim allows her clients to view their photos and choose which ones to put in their gallery or album.

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5.0

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1060 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
  • Environmental
  • Commercial
  • Documentary
  • Photography

Why choose this provider?

David Degner is a freelance photographer who serves clients in Boston. He takes portraits in different settings, environments, and challenging situations. He has shot portraits for the New York Times and Time Magazine. He also captures advertising photos for academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and internal and external communications. David has been working on photojournalism and philosophy for over nine years. He has covered in-depth stories of human rights, religion, and cultural life in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Sudan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.