San Diego is a hub for fashion design and modeling, and there are no shortage of great photographers. But a handful of shutterbugs go beyond what you might spot on social media or flip past in a magazine. Here are eight San Diego fashion photographers who produce images that immediately stop you in your tracks and hold your attention. These photographers are all doing unique and engaging work — check them out!
Aram began his career in cinematography and has applied the lessons he learned to building a great fashion photography business. At the core of his approach is creativity, and Aram strives to make each photoshoot unique. All of this is done to exacting quality standards, and both the models he works with and the brands they wear look great in the final images. And with clients like Vouge, ELLE, and ALLURE, you know he’s got what it takes to make great fashion images.
2. Adam Rowell
Shooting in San Diego since 2003, Adam Rowell is on a perpetual quest for unique fashion images. His style merges the sophisticated approach you’ll find in European high fashion with the edginess familiar to most on the West Coast. Browsing his fashion gallery, you’ll quickly see he’s mastered studio lighting and posing, so you can be sure he’ll take images that make your products look great, whether you’re putting together a quality lookbook or need standard images for e-commerce platforms.
Robert Randall has been photographing for most of his life, and he started his first photography business in 1992 while working in the fashion world. His work is especially focused on fitness and athletic fashion, though he’s also photographed star athletes and celebrities. If you’re looking for a photographer who knows the fitness world and can represent a strong sense of Californian lifestyle, he should be your go-to talent.
At the core of Siobhan Gazur’s approach to photography is the idea that images should fundamentally be emotional — that their value isn’t limited to the present and will be important for future generations. This is a unique approach among San Diego fashion photographers. And her work has caught the eyes of big names in the biz — she’s done work for clients like Seventeen Magazine and Nike. She also teaches fashion photography at San Diego City College.
Like many artists, DQ Fotography makes ample use of the outdoor scenes San Diego has to offer. But his stylistic approach is different from most fashion photographers. DQ Fotography’s approach to fashion is centered on building up trust with his models and getting people completely comfortable in front of the camera. The subjects in his fashion work carry themselves with ease and confidence, creating images that feel completely authentic. Just ask any model: it makes a huge difference.
6. Nicole Smith
Nicole Smith’s work stands out from other San Diego fashion photographers, thanks to its energy. Nicole’s work is equally at home in a catalog as it is on a billboard or magazine cover. Her command of lighting, both natural and in studio, creates bright images that highlight her models and make their clothing pop. She frequently collaborates with agencies and clients aiming for large projects. So, if you need a photographer that can handle a larger shoot, Nicole will get the job done.
7. Rob Andrew
Rob Andrew’s photography aims to capture each of his subjects’ personality. His fashion and lifestyle portfolio are filled with energetic and bright images that convey loads of emotion. Both his studio and location work are consistently high-quality, and his long list of discerning clients is a testament to his capability with a camera.
8. Stacy Keck
Stacy Keck’s lifestyle and fashion work is marked by rich color palettes and natural poses. Her subjects appear completely comfortable in front of the camera, giving her images a relaxed quality. She collaborates closely with her subjects and clients to create a clean aesthetic, ensuring her images will shine whether it’s for a website or magazine ad.