Top 10 Best Portrait Photographers Today

December 17, 2011
December 17, 2011 Travis Dewitz

Post originally authored by Travis Dewitz – Eau Claire Portrait Photographer

Top 10 Best Portrait Photographers Websites

As a photographer, I spend a great deal of time looking at other photographer’s work. I look at my local competition, search the internet, and I look through books and magazines trying to find the best and most intriguing. During the great deal of time I spend Googling photos, a few photographers stand out to me. I find myself going back to view and study their work a lot. I have bookmarked their sites and I follow their blogs watching for their latest photographs. Their photographs stand out on another level not matched by very many.  What makes their work stand out from many photographers is how many of their images tell a story in one frame. They make you stop and think longer than many other images that you flick by.

This is my Top 10 Best Portrait Photographers Today list. This top 10 list is comprised of a selection of my personal top 10 portrait photographers today. These photographers stand out because they are very good, PERIOD. I will admit that there are other factors that got them to my top 10 list. Many of them are already well-known (because they are the best) and that helped to get their images in front of my eyes. Some of them are actually famous which Google does a good job at putting towards the top of many of my search terms since everyone else is writing about them too. Factors like these really can mess with someone making a top 10 best of list as there are 1,000s of great photographers that could have easily made this list if I had seen their portrait works. Plus a top 10 photographer list is pretty hard to narrow down. I could have done a top 2,500 list but nobody would have read it. So take my selections with a grain of salt that this isn’t the one and only top 10 portrait photographer list. A few other factors went into my list like, a few of the selected photographers offer training to help other photographers in mastering this craft. The list below is in no particular order and feel free to share anywhere you wish, please just keep my link included at the top or bottom.

Joe McNally

Joe McNally Portrait Photography Website

Joe McNally | portfolio.joemcnally.com

Joe McNally
portfolio.joemcnally.com
Joe McNally’s Photography Books
Google Images


 


Joey Lawrence

Joey L Portrait Photographer

Joey Lawrence | www.joeyl.com

Joey Lawrence
www.joeyl.com
Joey Lawrence’s DVDs
Google Images


 

Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby Portrait Photographer

Scott Kelby | www.scottkelby.com

Scott Kelby
www.scottkelby.com
Scott Kelby’s Books
Google Images


 

Zack Arias

Zach Arias Portrait Photographer

Zack Arias | zackarias.com

Zack Arias
zackarias.com
Google Images


 

Tim Flach

Tim Flach Portrait Photographer

Tim Flach | www.timflach.com

Tim Flach
www.timflach.com
Tim Flach’s Books
Google Images


 

Erik Almas

Eric Almas Portrait Photographer

Erik Almas | www.erikalmas.com

Erik Almas
www.erikalmas.com
Google Images


 

Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis Portrait Photographer

Chase Jarvis | www.chasejarvis.com

Chase Jarvis
www.chasejarvis.com
Chase Jarvis’ Books
Google Images


 

Michael Muller

Michael Muller Portrait Photographer

Michael Muller | www.mullerphoto.com

Michael Muller
www.mullerphoto.com
Google Images


 

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz Portrait Photographer

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz
no personal website
www.vanityfair.com/contributors/annie-leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz’s Books
Google Images


 

Jaime Ibarra

Jaime Ibarra Portrait Photographer

Jaime Ibarra | ibarraphoto.com

Jaime Ibarra
ibarraphoto.com
Google Images


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I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

Comments (39)

  1. Wylee

    I feel somewhat comforted by the idea that the one woman photographer you included is the only photographer whose work I immediately recognize. On the other hand, it does seem like a rather male-heavy list, doesn’t it? Or is it just me? I’m sure it’s just me. Carry on.

  2. Now that you pointed that out, it really is male heavy. I choose the portrait photographers based solely off their photography. My number 11 pick was a female photographer though.

  3. RickN

    Any list that omits Dan Winter, is, well……… Nice try, though.

  4. Travis Dewitz

    I don’t know if I want to work harder or quit, when I look at my Top 10 Favorite Portrait photographer’s portfolios.

  5. Great suggestion, Jordan. I will say I’m not a big fan of her latest set of high detail (HDR looking) portraits but they are unique and eye catching. Her other work is great. Very inspiring. Thanks again.

  6. CHARLES T.H.

    I also like Robert Maxwell’s B&W and I do agree with Wylee’s earlier comment that adding another female to your top 10 would have been a good move. I am not a feminist but more of an egalitarian in today’s complex society.. Cheers!

    • I can say that I only choose the photographers by the work that I found and not by the name attached to it. I love Sally Manns work, but she has a very narrow field of portrait subjects that she works with which was the reason she didn’t make the list. Not a global enough appeal. Do any female portrait photographers come to mind whose work should take the place of someone on my list? I really would love to know. Thank you for your suggestions.

    • Thank you. I have not heard of him so I checked his work out. Very nice work especially his black and white photos.

  7. Ed

    Yes I really like the black and white work also, I met George when I took a workshop on lighting at his studio.

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  9. I like much of Cowart’s work but as a whole when this was put together, his portfolio wasn’t as strong as the 10 photographers above but he was considered.

  10. Nick

    @stopticphotography – I find it interesting to follow new photographers and watch their work evolve as they experiment with new styles. One that I just discovered

  11. Diane M

    I absolutely love, love love Scott Kelby’s work. Absolute genius. Thanks for sharing this post and I cant wait to ckeck out the rest of the people on the list. Readers might want to check out this tutorial on cool photography tricks they can use on their own bit.ly/fotomasterclass

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