The 6 Best Fine Art Photographers in San Antonio
- Date: March 22, 2022
- Topic: Photography
- By: Peerspace
Interested in discovering the best San Antonio fine art photographers? Then you’ve come to the right place since that’s exactly what we have for you today! As the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, we at Peerspace work with San Antonio photographers daily, helping them secure creative spaces that help bring their visions to life. We’ve seen a lot of fine art photography and hope to pass our expertise on to you by way of this list.
San Antonio is known for the Alamo, Tex-Mex cuisine, the Riverwalk, and the Spurs. But did you know the Alamo City, befitting its status as one of the largest metro areas in the United States, is home to hundreds of talented photographers as well? Finding a fine art photographer for your wedding, event, or portrait session can be difficult if you don’t know how to choose the best. But again, we sorted through dozens of portfolios and found the most talented fine art photographers in San Antonio as of 2022!
1. Jeanann Wilkinson
Jeanann Wilkinson is a fine art wedding and lifestyle photographer based in San Antonio. Her work covers nearly every moment possible in romantic and family relationships, from couples sessions to engagements, weddings, maternity, and baby photography. We love how she uses a pastel color palette that flatters skin tones. And when combined with her use of bright natural highlights, this style gives her work an ethereal, free-flowing fine art quality. Plus, her use of shallow depth of field puts her clients in the spotlight as their very best selves.
Jeanann’s work focuses on classic portraiture, with couples moving into natural relaxed poses and shifts to documentary and environmental portraiture with children. She also makes great use of monochrome images that lend a timeless element to specific portraits. If you’re looking for fine art portraiture, don’t hesitate, contact Jeanann today.
2. Al Rendon
Born and raised in San Antonio, Al Rendon has been snapping family moments with a 35mm film camera since he was a boy. As a cultural documentary fine art photographer, Al’s passion lies in capturing the people, places, and moments that abound in the San Antonio landscape. Early in his career, he even worked with Selena Quintanilla-Perez, taking several stunning portraits of the beloved songstress.
His work also covers educational topics, such as Edible Immigrants, a feature on important culinary fruits and vegetables from ancient Mexican culture. From there, he branches out into documentary monochrome works, such as Mi Cultura, showcasing his personal fusion and embrace of American and Mexican cultural values. We love that his work shows us his personal vision of San Antonio as much as it teaches us about what SATX has to offer. Al’s photography is a part of his personal story, rather than a purely documentary take. And the result is that his images have an impact stemming from his own personal connection.
3. Dane Miller & David Martinez of Dos Kiwis Fine Art Portraits & Wedding Studio
As members of both the Texas Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of America associations, Dane Miller and David Martinez are in the highest echelons of photography and take their work extremely seriously. What makes them stand out in our eyes is their focus on environmental portraiture. Many, if not most, professional photographers work with a shallow depth of field. This works to create a dreamy background blur for “proper portraits”. Instead, Dane and David work to include background elements to tell the story of each client, couple, or group. We get to see the entire wedding venue, a baseball field where two sports lovers met, a family barn, a gathering under a Texas live oak, and more.
Each image keeps us looking because it’s about the subjects and what they value in life. Their editing style uses a nice, light touch as well. Tasteful vignettes, natural yet vibrant color grading, and even lighting culminate in each photo being a wall-worthy piece of fine art. As masters of the environmental portrait style, Dane and David are two of the best San Antonio fine art photographers today.
4. David Medina
What draws our eye to David Medina’s work is his standout personal style. For starters, he’s no stranger to shadows in his photography. David’s work includes silhouettes and rooms shrouded in darkness save for a single couple bathed in light, for example. This is the antithesis of the bright, glowing highlights that are the trend in today’s wedding photography. It enhances the documentary character many of his images have. While he does do classic portraiture and environmental portraits, many of his images are spontaneous.
David’s work whispers a story rather than shouting it as classic portraits sometimes do. Each photo leads into the next as a continuous body of work. His style is incredibly varied; he has a lens, style, and color palette for the desires of any client imaginable! Just listen to how David describes his mission: “My approach to photography and storytelling is emotional, romantic, impressionistic, authentic, & cinematic. I want to create masterfully crafted artful photographs that will take your breath away, make your heart flutter with emotion and fill your life with joy, meaning, and laughter”. This is the perfect maxim for fine art lifestyle photography, in our opinion.
5. Liliana Mackenzie Fine Art Portraits
Whether you’re looking for a professional rebranding or a personal portrait, she has you covered. Liliana wants you to see yourself as a work of art, and her images are what get you to that realization.
6. Hayward Gaude
Looking for classic fine art portraits for your children or family? Then we’d be hard-pressed to recommend a better photographer than Hayward Gaude. His work uses the color grading, backgrounds, and poses of classic portraiture going back before even film photography. Hayward is out to prove that Facebook smartphone snaps simply can’t compete with true family fine art photography.
In Hayward’s own words: “Clients who choose me are looking for much more than a thumb drive or a CD. They are looking for a living experience in their home every day showing the beauty that is their family. They want to hide that tear at the corner of their eye when their children or grandchildren run to the revered family albums…” If you want to continue the tradition of physical photo albums with an impact that reverberates through the decades, Hayward should be your go-to.
Bonus: Kevin G. Saunders of KGS Studios
Kevin G. Saunders is a globally-lauded, high-end portrait artist based in San Antonio. His fine art portraits cost thousands of dollars to procure, yet are their own art investment. He specializes in signature, family, and corporate portraits, all of which can be taken in one of Kevin’s distinct styles. His “red carpet” portraits are typically solo shots of a subject reposed or standing and look gloriously from another era. He also offers “Renaissance” finishes for his fine art portraits, meaning the subjects are bathed in light while the edges of the photo are draped in shadow. And have we mentioned his monochrome portraits? Those too are ethereal, otherworldly, masterful.
Peerspace + San Antonio fine art photographers = magic
We loved creating this list of the top San Antonio fine art photographers and hope you enjoyed reading it! If you have a creative project in mind, be sure to reach out to one of these incredible talents and make it happen. Then, come back to Peerspace and book a stunning San Antonio hidden gem. We have beautiful and well-equipped spaces across the city that will make it easy for you to build something magical while creating lasting memories.
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