Getting professional portraits done can seem like a lengthy process. You have to find the right photographer, choose the right location, and — if it’s an outdoor shoot — hope the weather is good on the date of your booking. But it doesn’t have to be that hard. We’ve done some of the work for you by seeking out the nine best Dallas portrait photographers. And though we can’t do anything about the weather, we’ve made it easy for you to scroll through these photographers’ Instagram feeds to find the perfect fit for your portraits.
1. Amy Karp
Amy Karp is one of the premier wedding and portrait photographers in the Dallas area. She also offers boudoir, bridal, and engagement photos, and can shoot in her studio near the design district or at a location of your choosing. She has experience in underwater photography, so if you’re a swimmer or diver — or simply want a unique look for your portraits — an underwater photo shoot may be the thing for you. Amy has shot everywhere from Fort Worth to China, and she says her “passport and bags are ready for your destination wedding.” Amy prides herself on being invested in her clients’ experiences.
2. Casey Lee
Casey Lee is a Dallas-area photographer focusing on music and lifestyle portraiture. Are you a tattoo artist? Cyclist? Musician? Casey may be the right photographer for you. With years of experience in music and documentary work, he’s the ideal photographer to capture your band live on stage or get the perfect portrait for your album cover. He says that his mission is to “tell stories” and catch a “single image that stops you in your tracks.” His portraits feature subjects looking right into the camera, making the photos seem confrontational and humanizing at the same time. You really can’t look away!
Recognized as one of the top 100 senior portrait photographers in the U.S., Cindy Swanson enjoys working with high school students to capture this unique time in their lives. Her photo packages include a phone consultation to discuss clothing choices, makeup, and hairstyle, as well as a welcome packet with a checklist to prepare for the shoot. She makes the shoot fun and casual, with “magazine-style” poses, and will even let you peek at a few images. A few weeks after the shoot, you’ll visit her studio to see a slideshow of all of the photos and choose your favorites.
4. Heart Pumpin
Heart Pumpin is run by Carmen Polk, a Dallas portrait photographer who specializes in photos of women. She offers boudoir photography, maternity and newborn shoots, corporate headshots, and more. With a background in abstract art before she shifted to photography, her goal is to “capture the true essence of women and the people who love them.” You can also buy a gift certificate for you mother, wife, sister, or another special woman in your life.
5. Ivey Studio
Ivey Studio is a Midlothian photo studio offering the “Storybook Santa Experience” and other kid- and family-themed photography packages. The Couture Kids package is a stylish, fashion photo shoot for one to three kids that includes unlimited costume changes from the studio wardrobe. Run by Chris Smith, Ivey Studio also offers senior portraits, family portraits, wedding photography, and professional headshots. Check out their website for a complete list of offerings and rates.
6. Jen Bertrand
Jen Bertrand is a Dallas-based photographer with a focus on actors, models, and lifestyle portraiture. She’s inspired by Annie Leibovitz’s celebrity portraits, and works with her clients to create “editorial, magazine-style imagery that speaks to the individual.” In addition to actors and models, she offers packages for business professionals and high school seniors, and her shoots typically include hairstyling and makeup to make you look your best. She also offers workshops and mentorships to help aspiring photographers learn the tricks of the trade.
Michelle Khan offers portraits and lifestyle photography in the Dallas area, with a modern style well-suited to Instagram. She’s as comfortable taking senior portraits and graduation photos as she is taking photos of glamorous models in outdoor locations. Her packages include 25-minute mini-shoots to full 2-hour shoots with multiple outfits and up to 65 finished photos. A frequent traveler, Michelle can take your portraits on the beach or at a waterfall. Just send her a request to see where she’ll be available next.
Instinctive Shot is a Dallas-based studio run by Finny John, with a specialty on portraiture. Finny takes a psychological approach to photography and says he tries to “evoke happiness, sadness, reverence, and more.” His lifestyle portraits use inventive angles and often include architecture in the background, displaying his subjects in relation to the cities they inhabit. In addition to these artistic images, Finny offers wedding and engagement packages.
The Hundred Dollar Headshot is your go-to option for fast and affordable headshots. The website makes it easy to book a 20-30 minute studio session with a one-day turnaround time. It’s ideal for actors who need a headshot in a hurry, or creative professionals who don’t want the hassle of having to book a photographer months in advance. With a team of photographers available throughout the week, it’s easy to find a time and session that works for you. If you need something a little fancier, you can pay more for an advanced session. HDH also offers business headshots for your entire team.
With so many Dallas portrait photographers to choose from, we’re confident you’ll be able to find one that’s right for you. Even if you’re not in the Dallas area, many of these photographers are available to travel, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you see one that catches your eye. Whether you’re shooting in a studio, on a beach, or even underwater, these photographers know how to take one-of-a-kind portraits for any occasion. Browse Peerspace to find the perfect studio or rental space near you.