The 7 Best Portrait Photographers in Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, is a year-round destination that attracts visitors from all over the country. If you’re in the market for a family portrait session or brand-new headshots, check out our list of the best Colorado Springs portrait photographers. They’re experts at bringing out the best in their clients, especially when the photoshoot is set outdoors!

1. Vanessa Freeman of Blissful Studios Photography

Vanessa Freeman blends a flair for fashion photography into her portrait work, and the resulting shots are refreshingly funky and stylish. She is a relatively recent addition to Colorado Springs, and that’s fortunate for the city, as she is an amazingly talented and thoughtful creative. Before moving to Colorado, she lived in Miami long enough to blend its Art Deco aesthetic into her work. Since she is a true portrait artist — knowing which angles are the most flattering and how to make the light fall just so — you can rest assured your final images will be just about perfect. Plus, her experience in shooting outdoors is great for those with an adventurous streak.

2. Jessica Vallia Photography

Jessica Vallia is among the top Colorado Springs portrait photographers for her heirloom-quality work. Her classic style blends shots of your family looking polished with candid moments, so you can remember everyone just as they were in the moment. In addition, her love of natural light and nature itself means that you can have beautiful shots of your family wandering through yellow aspens, as well as lovely photos of your children playing in a river or frolicking in the grass. Work with Jessica if you’re wanting a professional shutterbug who can produce priceless works of art.

3. Adriana Carlson

Adriana Carlson has an indelible way of highlighting the essence of the people she photographs — an elegant pose and head tilt emphasizes a woman’s regal air, while dappled lighting makes a teenager look as mysterious as they are, with bright sun flare and swinging hair resulting in a youthful and free-spirited portrait. Both her studio and on-location work have the same sense of authenticity, which makes sense as she is a conceptual artist as well. Contact Adriana if you have a specific idea for your photo in mind — she will help bring your vision to life.

4. Kate Carlton Photography

Kate Carlton creates a different kind of portrait — raw, real, and beautiful, her work captures the journey of motherhood. A birth photographer, she won’t get photos of you and your family looking your prim and proper best, but will deftly capture the moment you become a family — or the moment your family expands, the moments you will want to cherish forever. Her portfolio is full of strength, tenderness, and love. If you are looking for a birth storyteller, Kate is your gal — we cannot recommend her highly enough.

5. Rob and Michelle of Crimson and Clover Studios

Rob and Michelle are the Colorado Springs portrait photographers behind Crimson and Clover Studios, and with five kiddos between them, you know they are adept at working with kids of all ages. They blend lifestyle photography, showcasing the real connections among your family members, with a fine art portraiture flair, the best combination for priceless pictures. Their easy-going documentation of sweet family moments won our hearts, and we’re sure they’ll win yours, too — check them out! 

6. Jonathan Betz Photography

Jonathan Betz has produced portraits of Colorado Springs residents for over 15 years, though he has been a photographic artist for decades. Serving on the local Professional Photographers Guild Board of Directors, he lives for his craft, which clearly shows in his awe-inspiring work. Adding to the drama of the moments captured is his impeccable editing — heavily contrasted warm tones make for portraits that seem somewhat nostalgic. When you want to have real moments captured in a vintage-inspired and glamorous style, work with Jonathan!

7. Trig Bundgaard and Charlotte Chance of Trystan Photography

Trig Bundgaard and Charlotte Chance each have their own signature style, but they share both technical skill and an eye for genuine moments. Combined, their work has a high-definition polish — ideal for capturing those dramatic cloudy skies in your portraits and giving it a magazine-worthy feel. Making timeless portraits of families, documenting wedding days, and creating art out of transitional moments like graduation, Trystan Photography does it all! Charlotte even has a boudoir studio, so if you want to feel glamorous, definitely give her a call. 

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