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The 9 Best Portrait Photographers in Raleigh, NC

The vibrant city of Raleigh has a mix of urban backgrounds, parks, and a large population of talented artists to take full advantage of the scenery here. Are you in the market for creative headshots, family portraiture, or slick images for branding purposes? If so, take a look at our favorite Raleigh portrait photographers. One of these incredible shutterbugs is sure to exceed your expectations!  

1. Alex Willams of APW Media

Body-positive Alex Willams makes every woman (and man, couple, what have you) in front of her lens feel — and look — absolutely gorgeous! With a specialty in boudoir photography, she is able to bring out the genuine goddess or deity within. Her style is natural yet polished, elevating the “I woke up like this” vibe to a literal art form. If your idea of sexy is slightly rumpled hair, easy poses, gorgeous light, and real expressions, Alex is the Raleigh portrait photographer for you. If you’d rather be photographed fully clothed, you can expect the same impeccable eye for beautiful details and genuine, fun vibe. 

2. Jennifer Rhoades of Spoken in Red Photography

Jennifer Rhoades blurs the line between portrait photography and digital art, producing truly creative prints. Her work is conceptual, collaborating effectively with her many clients to make unforgettable art with them, instead of focusing solely on documentation. Blending reality and fantasy, her final results are ever-interesting, perfect for those who want an heirloom-quality piece to treasure. Work with Jennifer when you want something truly unique that’ll stand the test of time. 

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3. Sara Coffin Photography

Sara Coffin creates the kind of glowing, authentic, portraits that make their way into magazines. Her style is refined — perfectly cropped vignettes, minimalist lines — while retaining the true-to-life feel. If you’ve ever wanted lifestyle shots of you and your significant other in your home, or wanted branding portraits of you looking effortlessly chic, or fancied having your photo taken as you are going about your day, Sara is among the Raleigh portrait photographers for you! 

4. Kathy Howard Portrait

When you want to work with a gifted photographer who specializes in making people look their absolute best, choose Kathy Howard. A portrait photographer through and through, she will guide you through all of the subtle poses to flatter your every angle — perfect for headshots and personal branding. She can even do makeovers with hair and makeup for a full-service studio experience. Collaborate with Kathy when you want to be pampered for a day and look absolutely stunning in your photos.

5. Michelle Studios

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Michelle Prince has had her work appear in Inspire Fine Art Photography Magazine, Child Model Magazine, and Model Source Magazine, and it’s easy to see why — her whimsical portraits of kids are pure art! She creates magical, fairy-tale inspired prints of newborns nestled within her “fairy garden;” carefully styled steampunk toddler shots (how cool do those kiddos look?!); and relaxed, cool portraits of teens. Focusing on photographing children has developed her understanding of their needs, so she is always able to bring out the best in them. Michelle is an incredibly talented artist, definitely one of the best in Raleigh for kids’ portraits — check her out today.

6. Yesenia Bocanegra

Blending elements of fashion and lifestyle photography into her portraits, Yesenia Bocanegra has one stylish body of work! Allowing her subjects to be their natural selves in front of her camera makes for genuine smiles. However, it’s her artistic eye that adds a dimension — flattering angles, leading lines, and just enough background to add depth to the portrait without overwhelming the subject. Mostly working in natural light gives her subjects the smooth, dewy glow that makes Insta-worthy portraits every time. 

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7. Megan Kime Photography

Megan Kime is one of our favorite Raleigh portrait photographers for her creatively styled newborn shoots — tiny crocheted deer antlers, fuzzy texts, and pastel florals steal our hearts every time! With over 10 years of experience, as well as awards and recognition to boot, Megan is more than ready to produce unforgettable, quality pictures with each shutter click. If your child is past the newborn stage wherein they are easy to pose, worry not, as she works with families of all ages, offering the same thoughtfully composed and beautiful photos! 

8. Season Moore Photography

Season Moore does more than take photos, she creates custom art to treasure for a lifetime. Her phenomenal work is modern, yet timeless, ideal for headshots or senior portraits wherein clients resemble models pulled from an editorial. She is somehow able to balance polish with real smiles, professionalism and fun, a neat skill for a portrait artist. Work with Season whenever you want a gorgeous photo of yourself or your family, whatever the occasion — she’s a pro.

9. Bethany Wilder Media

If you have a passion for the outdoors, a rustic elegant streak, or a thing for kicking back and relaxing, Bethany Wilder is the Raleigh portrait photographer for you. In her easily identifiable style — desaturated tones, neutrals, and authentic love abounding — she captures those little yet significant moments you’ll want to remember forever. We can’t get enough of her free-spirited vibe and think you’ll feel the same after flipping through her work!

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