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The 7 Best Portrait Photographers in Louisville

Louisville’s portrait photographers are blessed with some of the best natural scenery in the country. With waterfalls, mountains, fall splendor, and more, all within a short drive from the city, booking an outdoor portrait session has never been easier. However, finding photographers who can cover the diverse world of portraiture, from outdoors to in-studio sessions, can be more of a challenge. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find the top Louisville portrait photographers for your consideration. Enjoy!

1. Ben Marcum Photography

Ben Marcum has had his work featured in NFocus Magazine,, Louisville Magazine, and many other local and national publications. We love the classic, timeless style that Ben employs in his painterly portraits. Instead of the clear, sharp, and sometimes characterless take of modern photography, these painterly images are reminiscent of fine art created by the masters of yore. Much of his portraiture, boudoir, and family photography is rendered in this style, with a heavy vignette, soft focus, and haziness that really creates a vintage-inspired aesthetic. It’s no surprise Ben is among the best portrait photographers in Louisville.

2. Nathan of Fusion Photography

Lead photographer of Fusion Photography, Nathan sees his art as a ticket to new interactions with people. In his own words, “Photography is my release and my control. It humbles me and builds me. It allows me to meet the most random of people, and stop to hear their stories too.” He has a natural facility with diverse natural lighting situations, shooting in not just a variety of settings but times of day as well.

His portfolio takes us on sunset strolls with silhouette portraits, as well as families in the park on a sunny afternoon! As a corporate and business headshot photographer, Nathan has also mastered styles ranging from traditional studio images with matte backgrounds to classy environmental portraiture with poses that showcase the client’s unique character.

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3. Jessica Ebelhar

Jessica Ebelhar boasts work featured in several national and international media outlets and publications, including The New York Times, CNN, Louisville Magazine, and many more. Her work is vibrant, with an editorial pop normally reserved for food and product images. Only instead of candy or beverages, she takes those punchy backgrounds and creates portraits with loads of personality. Given Jessica’s specialization in advertising, as well as creating editorial food and beverage images, it makes perfect sense that she applies this bold style to her portraiture. We especially love the props employed, from rotary phones to typewriters, whichever best satisfies your creative concept.

4. Pascal Photographs

Pascal’s a master of classic and environmental portraiture. As a portrait photographer, Pascal uses his art to make connections with people and find the best way of expressing their individuality. He says himself, “Capturing the photos just happens to be a by-product of the human-to-human connection.” We enjoy the subdued, natural color palette he uses, giving his work a more documentary character that feels true-to-life and, as a result, timeless.

5. Brook Hollis Photography

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Brook Hollis is a gifted lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in children’s photography and family portraiture. Ever since she first developed an interest in photography in 1998, Brook has worked extra hard to nurture her vision and find ways of showing others the beauty she sees in them. Though many of her shots are in color, her monochrome images are especially striking, with a matte aesthetic that gives it a vintage flair. Using classic portraiture techniques, Brook works with her clients to find expressive styles, clothes, and locations that show them to best effect.

6. Elizabeth of Lizzie Loo Photography

Elizabeth is a passionate photographer whose love of connection and family comes through both in her written words and her photography. As she says, “The nuance of relationship has always been clear to me. It’s a gift of sorts. A big gift that I send down a joy funnel, through vibrant color and ethereal light to deliver images that remember life’s pleasure and joys… Lets us sit a spell and get to know one another so that I can see your people for who they are and make images for remembering.”

She has a special talent for finding candid moments where kids are being kids at events or during planned photo sessions. The unabashed smiles of infants and small children is a miraculous thing, and Elizabeth has so many examples to offer! With Elizabeth’s more than 14 years of wedding photography and portraiture experience, it goes without saying she’s one of the best portrait photographers in Louisville.

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7. Craig Paul Studio

Craig Paul Studios is an award-winning portrait studio serving the Louisville metro area. (Fun fact: The studio is housed in the historic Joseph Abell House, built in 1803, this structure was part of the Underground Railroad.) Among his many recognition, Craig has earned the Senior Photographers International Presidential Award for his work.

He has a knack for finding creative angles and modes of expression that depart from the everyday images that other senior photographers take. Each subject genuinely looks different in terms of composition, clothing, expressions, and poses. He seeks to do something new with every single one of his clients, making him one of the most innovative Louisville portrait photographers.

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