Sitting at the West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania Tri-State Area, Pittsburgh is a regional hub for the Appalachian region. With gorgeous urban parks, forested hills, and big city pleasures, Steel City’s charm ensures a never-ending stream of picture-taking opportunities. But instead of taking out the selfie stick, what about working with an experienced photographer? If you’re in need of an expert for your next fine art portrait or wedding shoot, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up the top fine art photographers in Pittsburgh as of 2019 for your consideration!
Emmanuel Panagiotakis’s fine art photography covers a diverse spread of subjects, including cityscapes, landscapes, wildlife, street, Americana, and more. There’s so much to see that it’s hard to imagine a single photographer having created such an expansive portfolio on his own! The vast majority of his work is in color, with a vivid yet natural take on subject matters. He shies away from hyper-realistic, overly saturated colors which dominate today’s photography world.
In addition, he occasionally works in monochrome with a special appreciation for landscapes bordering almost on abstract photography. His work is striking in how well he covers each photography niche and media, including canvas, framed, and metal prints. Anyone looking for multipurpose fine art will find something appealing in his portfolio.
2. Joey Kennedy
Fine art photographer Joey Kennedy represents the very best of the wedding world. His work is a stunning mixture of classic and environmental portraiture that shows us exotic on-location shoots like beach caves, family pets, and mountain parks, among other locales. His classic portraits use poses both natural and incredibly well-thought-out to produce images seen nowhere else. Joey’s style mixes both digital and film, bringing the best of both worlds to his shoots.
In his own words, “As I create your photographs, I’m constantly thinking of them 100 years from now. I want them to communicate your style and love with my light and atmosphere.” Combined with his muted color palettes that bring out skin tones and wardrobe hues, his work has a timeless flavor that keeps you coming back for a second and even third look.
Maternity, newborn, and child photographer Danielle Lyn is one of the best fine art photographers in Pittsburgh. From wrinkles to eyes, Danielle strives to capture each perfect detail of the newborns she works with. Each three-hour photo session includes buckets, blankets, wraps, and other props to create exactly the atmosphere needed for your combined creative vision. Danielle uses natural infant poses, shallow depth of field, subtle color grading, and expert lighting technique to create her award-winning photography. If you’re looking for a newborn session, Danielle Lyn should be the first photographer you call.
Fine art nature and portrait photographer Lisa Seligman brings a mixture of in-studio work and the outdoors to her portfolio. Her imagery has been featured on websites such as AWA Products and BOLD Pittsburgh. Some of her most distinguished clients include Eat n’ Park, PNC Bank, and the Phipps Conservatory. Looking through her photography, we’re struck by how well Lisa manages diverse lighting environments.
Her work in the fog of the Pennsylvania landscape is just as striking as the vibrant, full sunflowers and trees in her Botanicals collection. Lisa’s portrait collection is a mixture of classic portraiture types that guarantees you’ll have exactly the angle and aesthetic you’re looking for if you need a corporate headshot, branding, fine art, or high school senior portrait.
Pittsburgh-based commercial and portrait photographer Kristi Hoover has an eye for connections and telling the story of her subject. In her own words, she is “inspired by her interest in the human condition-how we live, our passions, motivations, flaws and desires.” And we love just how well Kristi succeeds at this.
Her work takes on a dual dimension of posed portraiture that gets incredibly close and intimate, as well as documentary images that have us wondering what the story of her subject really is. Coal miners, army officers, models, and grocers all come together through her work, giving us a taste of the diversity of American life. As one of the best fine art photographers in Pittsburgh, Kristi boasts photography that has impact regardless of what she’s capturing.
6. Karah Sambuco of Foster Fine Art Portraits
With one location in Wheeling, WV, and a second studio in Pittsburgh, PA, Karah Sambuco is well-situated to work with clients across the Ohio Valley Tri-State Area. She specializes in fine art wall portraiture, employing formal settings, classic poses, and a mixed-media style to produce images that look as good in a museum or gallery as they do in your living room.
Her style ranges from classic dress clothes to whimsical fairy outfits, from cookies with Santa to an outdoor nature shoot. Whichever style best suits the client’s vision, she will make it work. Karah’s color palette ranges from excitingly vivid to muted in a way that gives it a painted or cinematic flavor. Karah Sambuco would be our first choice if we’re in need of a classic portrait to grace our walls!
7. Lauren Renee
Lauren’s background in both design and architecture informs her photographic vision in a unique way. As she describes it: “I love connecting with my clients learning about their personalities, and how they interact with one another as this translates into the imagery I create so that I am able to capture those genuine moments.”
She combines documentary and editorial photography styles that take a lot of the pressure off clients to pose and perform. Instead, they’re allowed to remain immersed in the big day with Lauren finding the right moments and locations to capture as authentically as possible. We love the pastel, relaxed hues of her images, as they feel soft and free.