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Best Portrait Photographers in Saint Paul

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Saint Paul Park, MN 55071

Why choose this provider?

Wiggins Photography is a husband and wife team based in Cottage Grove, MN and professionally capturing natural light photography in the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Central Minnesota areas. Mark and Lindsay Wiggins specialize in wedding and portrait photography and are passionate about documenting all the details of their exciting lives. That passion translates to a photography duo that is detail oriented, precise, and pristine when capturing their clients special moments. They are also experienced in family portraits, senior portraits, and engagements. Clients highly recommend Mark and Lindsay Wiggins and their raw, authentic, and timeless style of photography. For more information on Wiggins Photography clients may visit the website.

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Woodbury, MN 55129

Why choose this provider?

Woodbury Picture Perfect is a photography studio located in Woodbury, MN. The studio specializes in photography for schools, sports organizations, dance studios, and businesses. Woodbury Picture Perfect focuses on photographing students in all grade levels, including class and staff photos. Individual and group photo packages are also available for sports organizations and dance studios. Special event photography is provided for businesses and churches as well and includes events such as holiday parties, charitable events, corporate recognition, recitals, and tournaments. In addition, Woodbury Picture Perfect offers a full-service photo booth with the ability to have customized print strips and instant delivery via text or email. The photo booth is open air style with a huge selection of props and customized background options. The company is an owner-operated business with a 100 percent satisfaction, money-back guarantee.

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Blooming Portraits

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2533 7th Avenue East, North Saint Paul, MN 55109

Why choose this provider?

The owner and photographer of Blooming Portraits, Christina Knoche, has been in the photography business in Saint Paul for 13 years. She is a portrait photographer who specializes in baby and newborn photography. She also offers photo sessions for maternity, kids, families, and high school seniors. Her style is classic using wraps, natural props, soft and neutral colors, and accessories. The photo studio has various backdrops, hats, headbands, props, fabrics, and furniture.

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Woodbury, MN 55125

Why choose this provider?

Kirk Portrait Designs is a premier photography company creating timeless art in Minneapolis, Minnesota and surrounding areas. Kirk Duit is an award winning photographer who first established his fine art studio in 1993 and has been producing quality portraits since. Alongside Kirk works Laurie Johnson, the artistic director at Kirk Portrait Designs. She is also a master photographer, creating poses and setting the lighting for portrait sessions. Kirk captures beautiful pictures reflective of his client's spirit with on-location and in studio sessions. He specializes in senior and wedding photography, and fine art portraiture. He is also skilled in family, children, and women's portraits. Kirk is one of the foremost high school senior photographers and is usually booked three months ahead.

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1048 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Rachel Farganis is a portrait photographer in Saint Paul who has been in the industry since 2014. She specializes in family and newborn portraitures, offering options for outdoor and in-studio sessions. Her newborn portrait package includes access to her wardrobe and props collection, including bonnets, clothing items, and wraps. She recommends newborn sessions at below three-week age and conducts fresh48 sessions for 48-hours-from-birth shoots. Family portrait sessions are done as fun as possible. Rachel Farganis also captures milestone portraits.

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Edina, MN 55424

Why choose this provider?

Avalon Photography is a professional photography business located in Edina, Minnesota that serves clients in the wider local metropolitan area. The company specializes in portraiture-style photography and offers its clients such services as horse show photography, family and child photo shoots, pet photo sessions, high school senior portraiture, and more. Avalon Photography is headed by lead photographer Jolene Bertrand, who has been in the professional photography industry for more than ten years and is a graduate of the School of Communication Arts at the North Central Bible College. The company can be contacted for bookings by phone or through its website.

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Saint Paul, MN
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Charnell Timms is a portrait photographer specializing in graduation, family and lifestyle portraits. She offers outdoor portraits in and around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis /St Paul and Maple Grove with popular locations including the Stone Arch Bridge, St Anthony main and Fish Lake Park during Autumn. She provides several LGBTQ+ wedding packages and is available for corporate events around the country. She is one of the only photographers in Minnesota who currently offers underwater photo sessions. Her international experience around the globe (England, France, Germany, Tanzania, South Africa, USA) is testament to her charming personality and adds to her wealth of experience in photographing a variety of cultures, customs and photographic conditions.

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5.0 / 5 (19)

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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.

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