Lifestyle photography is all about showing a “slice of life” through a still image or series of images. It’s an effective way for brands to convey messages and connect with audiences in an authentic way.
In Philadelphia’s creative community, you’ll find plenty of lifestyle photographers who can elevate your personal brand, with each taking a unique approach. We’ve scoured the internet to find 10 of our favorites whose work is a notch above the rest.
Ready to start your search for lifestyle photographers in Philadelphia? Check out this list of some of the city's top talent to find the best match for you.
Serving clients throughout Philadelphia and beyond, Jeff Wojtaszek is an editorial and advertising portrait photographer. He’s garnered a reputation for his detail-focused lifestyle work, with an ability to connect with people authentically and tell engaging stories.
Jeff works closely with each of his clients to develop a goal-oriented plan, whether it’s a small or large-scale project. Jeff’s previous clients include Boston University, Dartmouth College, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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Scott Lewis Media
Scott Lewis describes himself as “insatiably curious” and “a storyteller,” with photojournalism allowing him to indulge his passions while creating stunning images.
Today, he works with editorial, advertising, and commercial clients to help build their brands, drawing on his two decades of experience as a photographer and his role in driving the business operations of a small-scale ferry in San Francisco. Scott has been recognized by the Art Directors’s Club of Philadelphia for his lifestyle photography, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Anna Laura Sommer
Anna Laura Sommer offers “photography that shines for female-driven brands and products” and runs the Philadelphia-based Shine Studio. She created her studio to help businesses showcase their unique stories through beautiful images, with a style that is brightly colored, light, and airy.
Originally from Arkansas, she built a successful women’s health and fitness business after graduating from college. Anna's life and school experience helped her refine her passion for photography and boosting other female entrepreneurs.
Celia Ragonese Photo
Celia Ragonese describes herself as a “story-driven branding photographer” who has been developing her signature style since 2014. With roots in New England, she holds a Master’s of Science in Communication from Temple University and has a background in art and psychology, all of which she draws on in her branding and lifestyle photography.
Celia has shot more than 100 branding sessions and headshots throughout her photography career, with a clear authenticity to her work that we absolutely love.
Sophie Cécile Xu
Having lived in Paris, China, and New York City, Sophie Cécile Xu now proudly calls Philadelphia home and has built a strong presence as a lifestyle photographer. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design and has worked across the worlds of fashion, photography, and graphic design as a coordinator, creative director, and in post-production.
Sophie’s extensive list of clients includes Anya Lust, Compass, and Farfetch, and she offers everything from strategy consultation sessions to photo retouching and social media campaigns.
Gene Smirnov says that he first discovered his love for creative expression around 20 years ago when he started experimenting with Quark and Photoshop. Over time, he was drawn to photography and has pursued a career where he gets to produce photos and videos for like-minded creatives and visionaries.
Gene’s work has been featured by Philly Mag, Dpreview Showcase, and Wonderful Machine and he’s worked with clients that range from Inked Magazine to Vice and People Magazine.
While Joe Longo identifies as a photographer, he also believes he is a “guide to help connect you to your true self” and a “teacher to help you see the light within and without.” He strives to create content that effectively represents businesses and personal brands, with a particular focus on yoga and fitness images.
In addition to lifestyle and personal branding photography sessions, Joe also offers life coaching shoots that draw on his knowledge of yoga and meditation to help clients set intentions and gain focus.
Drawing on a background in wedding and documentary photography, Dantone Creative is headed by a Philadelphia-based lifestyle commercial photographer who prides himself on taking a collaborative approach with clients.
Dantone strives to create something unique with every project he works on through images that are boldly colored and expressive. He collaborates with a diverse range of clients, from factories to restaurants and everything in between. At the end of the day, Dantone believes there is nothing more satisfying than creating an image that effectively translates a message to the viewer.
Based in Philadelphia, Matt Stanley is a talented lifestyle photographer who is willing to travel worldwide for client projects. He works with everyone from large pharmaceutical companies to small nonprofits and is skilled at conveying brand stories to prospective clients.
Matt has a knack for being able to connect with the people he photographs, which enables him to convey emotion and authenticity through his images. Previous clients include Princeton University, VisitPhilly, and The New York Times.
Working between Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles, Stevie Chris has established a solid reputation for his creative compositions and skilled use of light. He’s one of the most unique commercial and advertising photographers on our list, with images that are highly dramatic and often a little surreal.
Stevie describes himself as a “creative partner”, not just a photographer or director. His goal is to help his clients sculpt their visions into effective productions that stand out from the rest.