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Best Portrait Photographers in Baltimore

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Baltimore 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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Baltimore, MD 21209

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5.0 (33)
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5.0 (11)

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Maria Ortiz Photography has provided the Baltimore area with a wide selection of portrait options since 2009. Maria Ortiz Photography specializes in teens and highschool senior portraits crafted to capture the personality of each client. Ms. Maria accepts only a very limited amount of clients per season in order to create a unique and personalized boutique experience. Ms. Ortiz's photographic sessions may take place in a studio or in indoor and outdoor locations throughout the city. She blends available lighting with the backdrop to enhance her clients' features. Additionally she photographs a very select number of maternity, newborn and family sessions per year.

3000 Chestnut Avenue, Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21211

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4.9 (41)

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Vickie Gray Images has been in the business of portrait photography since 2009. Based in Baltimore, MD, this photography service produces various creative images, such as mid-century vintage-glamour and fashion portraits. Additionally, Vickie Gray has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate marketer. Her unique experience helps her create successful brand images and headshots for executives, aspiring actors, and professional models. In 2019, Peerspace recognized Vickie Gray Images as one of Baltimore's Top Fashion Photographers.

Baltimore, MD 21211

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5.0 (17)
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5.0 (6)
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5.0 (1)

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Robyn Osten Photography is a photography studio based in Baltimore's historic Clipper Mill neighborhood. It has worked with customers from all over the city and its suburbs, as well as clients from the D.C. Metro and beyond. Ms. Osten founded the studio as Life's Little Celebrations Photography in 2003. She worked for several years in St. Louis before relocating to Baltimore, where she now creates high-quality fine art and wedding portrait photography.

Annapolis, MD 21401

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5.0 (3)

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David Anderson Photography is a photo studio based in Annapolis, providing Baltimore-area clients with a broad array of portrait options. These include headshots for actors, models, and musicians, corporate portraits, family portraits, senior class photographs, and pet portraits. Mr. Anderson is a Certified Professional Photographer, and he bears a PHotographic Craftsman degree. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as TV shows and websites.

Hanover, MD 21076

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5.0 (19)

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Located in Hanover, Kanayo Adibe Photographer offers photo studios to clients from throughout the Baltimore Metro area. Mr. Adibe is an experienced lifestyle and destination wedding photographer. His style is artistic and photojournalistic, taking cues from cinematic images. In all of his portraits, he is telling his clients' stories. In the past, Mr. Adibe has received recognition as an Aisle Perfect "Pretty Perfect Vendor," and he has been featured in Baltimore Bride and Pretty Perfect Living. He is also a member of the professional organization Fearless Photographers.

Baltimore, MD 21224

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Steve Parke Photography is a Baltimore professional photography business. Mr. Parke is an accomplished photographer whose previous and current clients include Warner Bros., HBO, the Discovery Channel, Arista Records, DC/Vertigo Comics, Houghton Mifflin, and NBC, as well as such renowned entertainers as David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, and Prince. Some may recognize him as the digital artist for I, Paparazzi, a well-received DC/Vertigo Comics graphic novel. He can take artistic portrait photos of pets, children, and families, among other subjects.

Highland, MD 20777

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5.0 (29)

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L.A. Birdie Photography, founded in Highland in 2010, is the photo studio of wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer Lindsay Anne Belliveau. Ms. Belliveau specializes in wedding photography, but she can also produce portraits of families, couples, and other subjects as they are having fun. This results in artistic, candid photographs, enduring artworks derived from ordinary, day-to-day interactions.

Hydes, MD 21082

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Elisabeth Master Photographer and Artist is a Hydes-based photo studio with clients from Baltimore and other nearby cities. Elisabeth Rodomsky, the company's owner and principal photog, is a Certified Master Photographer and Master Craftsman whose style is simple, elegant, and soulful. She brings a formidable knowledge of composition, lighting, and design to all of her portraiture work. Notably, Ms. Rodomsky has received almost every award given by the Professional Photographers of America.

Annapolis, MD 21401

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5.0 (29)
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5.0 (1)

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Heather Crowder Photography Studio is an Annapolis photo studio that can also help families from Baltimore and its suburbs. Ms. Crowder, the studio's owner and principal photographer, only works with a limited number of clients per year. This enables her, collaborating with the client, to craft virtually every aspect of the portrait, including the styling, the wardrobe, and the backdrop. Sessions start at $250.

Owings Mills, MD 21117

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At George Skepton Photography, Mr. Skepton takes portraits with a contemporary, emotional style. Although his home studio is in Owings Mills, he has an additional studio located in downtown Baltimore. Mr. Skepton can take not just portrait photos but also wedding and event pictures. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America as well as the Maryland Professional Photographers Association.

Annapolis, MD 21403

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Since opening in Annapolis over 20 years ago, Amy Raab Photography has provided numerous local clients with photo services in her photojournalistic style. For the past seven years, Ms. Raab has received recognition in the Washingtonian Magazine as "One of Washington's Best Wedding Photographers." As a portrait photographer, she primarily takes engagement photos and images of kids and families. On the Amy Raab Photography website, prospective clients can peruse multiple portfolios to get a sense of the artist's style and technical skill.

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.