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Best Portrait
Photographers in
Kansas City
2020

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. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

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

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Adrienne Maples Photography

Adrienne Maples Photo Studio in Overland Park has been featured in Modern Bride, The Knot, Southern Bride, and other publications and has been seen on TV shows like David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding and Girl Meets Gown. The company specializes in capturing the emotional moments of weddings in a natural and unobtrusive way. The studio also offers professional portraits and other commercial photography services, senior pictures, and maternity and family photos.

Overland Park, MO 66204

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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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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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Bundles Photography, LLC

Bundles Photography LLC is a portrait photography studio serving clients in and around Kansas City, Missouri. Photographer Joyce Thao spent seven years working with newborns, babies, and children at a children's hospital before starting the studio and specializing in newborn, maternity, and lifestyle photography. Sessions are held in clients' own homes and Joyce provides all the necessary fabric, swaddles, and props. Client reviews recommend Bundles Photography for Joyce's passion, friendliness, and unique photography style.

Kansas City, MO 64133

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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.

1101 Mulberry Street
Kansas City, MO 64102

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Fountain City Studios

Fountain City Studios is a Kansas City photography and videography service that focuses its talents on senior pictures, lifestyle and family portraits, and commercial photo and video presentations and promotions. In the past, Fountain City Studios has served clients like McDonald’s, AAMCO, Lennox, and more.

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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Laurel Austin Studio

Laurel Austin Studio is a photography business in Olathe that specializes in fashion photography and portraits of children, families, and high school seniors. Laurel Austin Studio has referrals for professional makeup artists on its website and has a page of preparation tips for those who may have a photo session coming up. Senior picture packages start at one hour of shooting, including three different looks, for $225.

LIT Headshots

Lit Headshots is a portrait photography service based in Kansas City, Missouri, that exclusively focuses on photographing headshots for professionals, seniors, and senior students. The business is owned and operated by Amy Martin, a local photographer with more than 15 years of experience shooting portraits. During her sessions, she guides clients through natural poses that bring out their best features. Emailed images are generally sent to the client two days after the photoshoot.

Kansas City, MO 64106

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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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Portraits by Lucinda

Portraits by Lucinda in Olathe takes a photojournalistic approach to documenting engagements, weddings, families, pregnancies, babies, and more. The most basic wedding day package Portraits by Linda offers includes six hours of continuous photography, a 60-picture leatherbound photobook, multiple prints, and online viewing, and starts at $2800. The business offers maternity and “watch me grow” packages that document babies at three, six, and twelve months.

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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Salt & Light Photography

Salt & Light Photography is a husband-and-wife team in Lee’s Summit that offers photography and videography for special occasions such as weddings and engagements. The team also offers portrait and boudoir photography sessions. Portrait sessions start at $750, and wedding packages start at $2,900, including engagement photos and two active photographers on location for the special day’s festivities. Regarding their wedding photography experience, one couple said, “Rachel and Austin made it so easy. It was just the right balance of guidance and execution on our special day that made our pictures and our experience more that we could have imagined.”

Lee's Summit, MO 64086

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Sara Marie Photography

Sara Marie Photography is a business in Overland Park that shoots weddings and engagements and is comfortable with capturing intimate moments in either natural or posed settings. Sara received her BA of Fine Arts in Photography from Kansas State University and was recognized as a “Best of Weddings” photographer by The Knot in 2016. Her business has also been featured on Midwest Bride and Borrowed & Blue.

Overland Park, KS 66223

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SmashGlam

SmashGlam is a professional makeup and photography studio in Kansas City that specializes in professional headshots, fashion editorials, commercial photography, and custom portraits. The business’s photographer and makeup artist had years of experience and worked together on many projects before deciding to form their own company in 2013 to “create the ultimate photoshoot experience,” SmashGlam has been featured publications like Institute Magazine, Pretty Pearl Bride, Community Investor, and others.

Kansas City, MO 64101

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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.

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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