When it comes to fine art photography, there are no “rights” or “wrongs”, just a blank slate for creatives to express themselves through the use of both digital and film mediums. Oakland is home to several highly talented fine art photographers who work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, working in genres that range from wedding to landscape and street photography. In this guide, we’ll introduce 10 of the best who have caught our attention.

Aaron Reed Photography

One of Aaron Reed’s fine art nature images [Aaron Reed Photography]

Aaron Reed is a self-taught fine art landscape and nature photographer who specializes in creating large-format photographic prints. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and is passionate about showing viewers the natural world in ways they may not have seen before. His attention to detail and creative use of light are what sets him apart and he receives rave reviews from clients who have purchased his limited-edition prints. Aaron also offers a Comprehensive Mentorship Program to aspiring and professional landscape photographers.

Audrey McCann Photography

A wedding reception table beautifully set [Audrey McCann Photography]

Audrey McCann is a Northern California-based photographer who documents everything from engagements and weddings to corporate headshots, events, and sports. She serves clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Napa Valley, creating images that capture all the joy and emotion of the moment and will be treasured for life. Her “Portfolio Stories” offer a glimpse into the breadth and range of Audrey’s talents, with everything from birthday parties to Little League games documented.

Richard Wong

A striking landscape image by Richard Wong [Richard Wong]

Born and raised in Southern California, Richard Wong is now based in the Bay Area where he specializes in fine art nature photography. His passion for the craft was inspired by family trips along the California Coast and through the Canadian Rockies, then was reignited after discovering the work of Galen Rowell in an edition of “Outdoor Photographer”. Richard has won numerous awards for his stunning landscapes and nature-inspired scenes and also offers photography classes and post-processing tutorials to other photographers.

Marlon Moments

A groom leads his bride down a beachside dune [Marlon Moments]

Marlon Balajadia is the photographer behind Marlon Moments, a Bay Area photography business that specializes in weddings. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013 and pursued his love of photography, believing that humans thrive best when they choose to follow their passion. Marlon loves sharing his journey with others and connecting with clients while making them feel their most candid selves. He strives to get shots right in-camera (rather than relying on post-processing) and prides himself on not using quick filter solutions to fix problems.

Andy Amyx Photography

A vintage tractor in an agricultural field [Andy Amyx Photography]

Andy Amyx is another talented Bay Area-based photographer who works across a diversity of genres. His broad-ranging portfolio includes everything from chefs in action to vintage tractors and action sports shots, as well as wedding, boudoir, and real estate photography. He offers portrait sessions at his studio or at his clients’ preferred location, as well as providing a high-end service for brides and grooms. He edits all of his wedding photos himself and designs beautiful albums that he hand delivers to their door.

Emily Pillon

One of Emily Pillon’s experimental images [Emily Pillon]

Emily Pillon is a freelance portrait, wedding, and music event photographer whose images have a fine art edge. She has extensive experience working in administration at art galleries and museums, as well as having studied Fine Art and Business Management at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Emily says that she is passionate about capturing “fleeting moments in order to make your memories timeless” and has had her work displayed in several art exhibitions throughout Northern and Southern California.

Daniel Blue Photography

An aerial architectural photo by Daniel Blue [Daniel Blue Photography]

Originally from Miami, Florida, Daniel Blue is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area where he specializes in fine art architectural photography. Whether he’s shooting interiors, commercial spaces, or aerials, his images are highly detailed and editorial, with many having been published in international design magazines. He uses both natural and artificial light to capture artistic shots, drawing on his qualifications in Commercial Photography from Boston University. Aside from his impressive online portfolio, you can find Daniel’s work in “Architectural Digest” or “Atomic Range Magazine”.

Jack Simpson Photography

A man and woman unknowingly walk past one another [Jack Simpson Photography]

Based in the Napa Valley, Jack Simpson is a digital photographer and visual creative who specializes in weddings, portraiture, and commercial photography. He collaborates with several wineries in the region, as well as being passionate about documentary and candid street photography. He says that his experiments in this genre have shaped his photographic approach, particularly when it comes to capturing moments. Jack has had his work published in “World Street Photography” Vol. 6, which is a testament to his talents.

Elizabeth Dixon Photography

Fine art wedding photos by Elizabeth Dixon [Elizabeth Dixon Photography]

Elizabeth Dixon’s professional photographic journey began when she took her sister’s engagement photos before enrolling in a photography program at Santa Monica College. She’s since shot in a wide range of genres, using both natural light and artificial sources to create fine art images. Elizabeth describes her style as “creative photojournalism”, with her goal being to “create images that tell a story and capture a moment in an artistic manner”. While she predominantly shoots digitally, Elizabeth also works with film cameras on occasion.

Tri Nguyen Photography

A minimalist shot of a pomegranate on a black plate [Tri Nguyen Photography]

Tri Nguyen specializes in corporate portrait and lifestyle photography throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He originally pursued a career in information technology after receiving his MBA from Johns Hopkins University before discovering that his true passion lay with photography. He’s since worked with big-name clients that include Stanford University, Intel, and Hyatt Hotels, drawing on his unique background and photographic skills to create images that stand out from the rest.

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