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The 7 Best Portrait Photographers in Bakersfield, CA

Everyone loves having great photographs of themselves, but it takes a lot of skill, technical know-how, and an artistic vision to produce stellar images. After all, there are a lot of variables to consider, from the equipment to the gear to the right angles and editing, portraits are best left to the professionals! When you are in the market for branding headshots, high school senior photo sessions, or family pics, look to this guide of the most talented Bakersfield portrait photographers to choose the creative whose style best vibes with yours.


1. Tessa Warner Photography

Modern in style, yet vintage in feel, Tessa’s work emanates a sense of wanderlust and a touch of intimacy, all basked in gorgeous light. One of the premier portrait photographers in Bakersfield, she often finds herself photographing the warm landscapes as well — which is a given as she’s a resident of sunny California. In particular, we love her natural-feeling portraits; reach out to her when you’re in need of a laid-back portrait session or a free-spirited branding shoot.

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2. Aliyah of Leah Mikael Photography

Aliyah Mikael says, “Let me show you what I see,” and, to that, we say, “Yes, please!” What she sees is stunning moments of simplicity — the way lovers smile at each other, or the playful way a hand is tossed in celebration, the swinging of hair — it truly is the simple things in life that are the most beautiful. Her editing is golden and glowing — thoroughly modern with a vintage-inspired vibe. Boasting an eye for authenticity and creating photography with a lifestyle slant, Aliyah is phenomenal.

3. Vic and Sasha Photography

Vic and Sasha are a creative powerhouse — alongside their portrait photography biz (over 250 happy couples!), they have a web design business and produce a podcast about marriage and business. Plus, Sasha is an educator as she even teaches workshops for photographers! In addition to that, they are wedding photographers well-versed in the art of the portrait — sometimes playful, other times serious, and others still simply gorgeous — all of their portraits are thoughtfully designed to capture you in this precise moment in time. 

4. InMotionPro

The dream team at InMotionPro makes sure your high school senior portraits, as well as the photo session itself, are unforgettable. They offer “city life” shoots that showcase you in your favorite places throughout the city, as well as polished studio shots just in case your taste runs more classical. Though they specialize in taking senior pics, they can still create stunning portraits of you — outdoors or in-studio, they make professional headshots, family portraits — all with their traditional and tailored-for-you style. 

5. Ignacio C. of Tru Colors Photography

Ignacio C. is an up-and-coming Bakersfield portrait photographer, and we can’t wait to see what he creates next. His portraits have a Vogue feel — a twist of fashion photography mixed into his photographs of fascinating people. He sincerely allows your “tru colors” to shine! Constantly playing with new techniques gives him a creative edge — ideal for when you want to stand out from the crowd! 

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6. Lori of Simplee Focused

Lori does something truly special in Bakersfield — equine portraits. She is an all-around outdoorsy creative type, arranging flowers, as well as creating stunning photos of ranch life. She caught our eye with her unique vibe — life in the Southern California countryside sure looks gorgeous behind her lens. If you have a horse and want beautiful portraits of your human-animal bond, she should be your top choice. And even if you don’t have an equine friend, Lori can produce jaw-dropping portraits infused with country charm.

7. Makenzie Hollar of Makenzie Photography

Makenzie Hollar has a fashion-forward style that we adore for portraits — simply check out her stylish high school senior portraits to see what we mean. Her work is best summed up by a handful of choice words: cool, refreshing, and vibrant. Her Insta feed is full of citrus tones and conspicuous smiles. If you are a lover of bold colors, have a fierce playful streak, and joyfully in love with life (or a partner), Makenzie is the photographer for you!

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