Laurels

Best Portrait
Photographers in
Kansas City
2021

Why These Portrait Photographers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Kansas City 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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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Read more about our selection process

Alison Barnes Martin

Alison Barnes Martin is a portrait photographer based in Kansas City whose focus is on modern photography. Because of her commercial background, Martin values the research process when handling projects and always plans around her clients' needs. This photographer specializes in corporate and beauty portraits. She also shoots portraits for actors, singers, and dancers' portfolios. Martin and her team of professionals have handled photoshoots for major brands such as Chrysler and John Deere.

1800 Central Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Bella Boudoir

Bella Boudoir of Kansas City seeks to highlight the beauty of women of all ages, shapes and sizes through sensual angles, lighting, and poses. Petra of Bella Boudoir directs two- to three-hour sessions starting at $425. Albums, wall art, and digital collections start at $600. One happy client said, “I was nervous about being nude in front of someone I didn't know. I'm modest by nature. Petra made me feel so comfortable. It was like hanging out with a close friend or a sister. All my fears quickly went away after we started taking pictures. Petra is a sweetheart....by the time I left, I felt I'd made a new friend.”

Kansas City, MO 64108

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Bliss Photography

Bliss Photography in Overland Park offers posed photography sessions for high school senior pictures, family portraits, professional headshots, modeling portfolios, and more. Owner Carol Bliss has over 10 years of experience in photography and has a working partnership with professional hair and makeup artist Chanda Hutton, who has accumulated over 17 years of experience after attending Sunset Gower Studios Makeup Academy in Hollywood. Bliss Photography has a gallery and current specials posted on its website.

Overland Park, KS 66221

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Bokeh Story Photos

Bokeh Story Photos is a portrait photography studio in Liberty, Missouri. Lai, the photographer, describes her style as classic and timeless. Bokeh Story Photos specializes in couple, family, fashion, headshots, kids, maternity photography, and more. They strive to be masters in telling stories and building memories. Due to the high-quality outcome that they want to achieve, they accept limited clients per month.

Liberty, MO 64068

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Brant Brogan Photography

Brant Brogan Photography is a portrait photography agency based in Kansas City and serving clients in the greater metro area. Mr. Brogan has almost 20 years of experience as a photographer. He takes headshot photos for business people, actors, and models, and he has experience in capturing portrait photographs of families and children. Wedding photography is one of the specialist services offered by the agency. Studio and location-based photoshoots are available.

800 E 101st Ter Ste 350
Kansas City, MO 64131

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Cathy Quarles Photography

Cathy Quarles Photography specializes in capturing images that are somewhere between journalistic and posed, resulting in geometrically stable yet natural photographs of families, couples, and individuals. Located in Kansas City, Ms. Quarles has over 15 years of experience capturing the best of people in images that look good in family albums, on wall canvas, or online and in social media. Session details and prices are available on the company's website.

Kansas City, MO 64156

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Colleen Christi Photography

Colleen Christi Photography, based in Kansas City, Missouri, specializes in natural-light portraits and prefers styled or theme-oriented sessions. Christi is a multi-award-winning, published newborn and children’s portrait photographer who photographs babies, children, tweens, families, and high school seniors. Colleen Christi Photography has collaborated with fashion designers and also hosts “MOMtography” workshops for moms who wish to learn how to best capture the personalities of their children.

701 E 63rd Street, Suite G30
Kansas City, MO 64110

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Freeland Photography

Freeland Photography is a business in Lee’s Summit that specializes in weddings, photographing newborns, children, and families, and senior portraits. Michael Freeland of Freeland Photography has over 20 years of experience in these areas and has recently expanded services to include headshots, corporate events, and other commercial photography needs. The studio’s work has been featured in advertising campaigns for companies like Comcast and InterContinental Hotels and has created images for clients like Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, and others.

Lee's Summit, MO 64063

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JPShots

JP Shots is an Overland Park, KS-based wedding and portrait photography studio that has been serving clients in the Kansas City area for over fifteen years. The studio uses state-of-the-art equipment and offers fixed pricing for wedding photography packages. The package includes capturing all the important moments at the wedding as well as a free engagement photo session. Photographer JP has studied photography at the University of Central Missouri and has also won multiple awards for his work.

8710 W 72nd Ter.
Overland Park, KS 66204

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Lake Forest Photography Studio

Lake Forest Photography Studio offers a range of services from wedding photography to headshots, family portraits, and lifestyle photography. Lifestyle photography aims to capture the “magic of the everyday,” whereas commercial photography sessions by Lake Forest Photography Studio work to shape a business’s public image and to give customers an inside look at that company’s “personality” and products. The studio also shoots boudoir sessions.

Bonner Springs, KS 66012

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Melissa McGee Photography

Melissa McGee Photography is a Kansas City studio that serves clients throughout the Kansas City metro area and surrounding communities. Founded in 2010, the studio offers several photography services and packages, including senior portraits, pet portraits, sports and dance photography, professional headshots, personal brand photography, and content creation. Photographer Melissa McGee can travel to provide destination and on-location photography. Melissa McGee Photography has won several awards, including the 2020 Hulafrog's Most Loved Award, and was recently featured in Shutter Magazine. She strives to make each session a fun experience while creating technically-excellent portraits.

11272 S Ridgeview Rd
Olathe, KS 66061

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Random Photography

Random Photography in Kansas City specializes in commercial and product photography, senior portraits, sports photography, pictures of pets, and creative works, like aerial photography and other styles. The photographer received training in photojournalism but has since focused his talents on these areas. Random Photography is willing to travel outside of Kansas for its clients.

Kansas City, MO 64105

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Sunshine and Shadows Photography

Sunshine and Shadows Photography serves the Kansas City metro area, taking portraits of families, and individuals as fine art subjects. It typically creates photographs that can serve as heirlooms, or be framed for wall decorations in a similar fashion to professional paintings. Sunshine and Shadows Photography offers staged creative photo sessions that incorporate a variety of lighting choices, evocative and bold color schemes, and expressive poses. This studio also does ambient lifestyle photography.

Belton, MO 64114

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The Headshot Studio

The Headshot Studio in Kansas City coaches an individual during the photography session to bring out his or her defining traits that will help project the professional’s desired image. Shea of The Headshot Studio points out on the business’s website that “headshots aren’t just for actors [and] models anymore.” She aims to help each person develop his or her “brand identity” with a powerful headshot. The company’s website also contains a section of tips for session preparation regarding hair and makeup, clothing, and accessory choices.

Olathe, MO 66061

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Wirken Photography and Wirken Films

Wirken Photography and Wirken Films in Kansas City started in 2013 as a collaboration of photographers with skills in photojournalism and cinematography that specialize in capturing the beauty of naturally occurring moments that take place in weddings and among family members. In 2013, American Photo Magazine named Tyler Wirken, one of the business’s founding photographers, as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world.

Kansas City, MO 64108

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