Whether you’re after a professional headshot, a family portrait, or a loved-up shoot with your fiancé, there are portrait artists for the job. San Diego is home to countless portrait photographers who have each crafted their own niche and create images that their clients love. We’ve scoured the internet to discover 10 of the best and what it is that sets them apart.

Keeley Miller Photography LLC

One of Keeley Miller’s female-focused portraits [Keeley Miller Photography LLC]

Keeley Miller describes herself as a “photographer, cheerleader, and self-love crusader” who has specialized in documenting women for the last 10 years. She says that she wants to do more than just take a gorgeous portrait but celebrate her subjects exactly as they are in that moment. Why has she taken this route? Because she understands the struggle that women face in seeing their own beauty and worth and knows the power of a photoshoot.

BZM STUDIO Photography

A family portrait in San Diego’s Balboa Park [BZM Studio Photography]

Owned and operated by Beata Pevny (a Polish native), BZM Studio Photography is focused on headshots, business, and family portraits, as well as personal branding and event photography. Beata holds a master's in fine arts from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and has received numerous awards for her photography since graduation. In 2011, Beata founded BZM Studio in a bid to broaden her photography services and she now works with clients in the San Diego Greater Area and beyond.

Jamie Nease Portraits

One of Jamie Nease’s over-40s portraits [Jamie Nease Portraits]

Jamie Nease is another San Diego-based portrait photographer who is on a mission to empower women. She says that her superpower is making people feel comfortable in front of the camera and capturing images that reflect their unique beauty. How does she do this? By connecting with her subjects on a personal level and taking care of all the behind-the-scenes details. She works alongside a skilled team of hair and makeup artists who will make you feel like a million dollars.

Beautiful Vision Photography

A maternity shoot by Caryn Poling [Beautiful Vision Photography]

Owned by Caryn Poling, Beautiful Vision Photography is a portraiture studio in San Diego that’s all about capturing gorgeous images. They offer experiences that are designed to encourage and nurture freedom while creating portraits of you and your family that you will nurture for many years to come. Shawn Lane is the lead photographer at the studio and has a talent for bringing out the best in his subjects. As a team, Beautiful Vision Photography is on a mission to champion women’s lives and legacies.

Karen Floyd Portraits

One of Karen Floyd’s professional headshots [Karen Floyd Portraits]

Karen Floyd is a luxury branding, portrait, and headshot photographer specializing in women over 40. She wants everyday women to feel and look beautiful, particularly if they are at an age where all they see in the mirror is imperfections. Karen’s images celebrate the radiance and strength of women, no matter their age, and are infused with the newfound confidence of her subjects. Even if you don’t feel that way on arrival, Karen has the skills and experience to make it happen.

Cariely Portraits

An adorable young girl photographed by Cariely [Cariely Portraits]

Serving San Diego and the surrounding areas, Cariely Portraits is dedicated to maternity, children, and family portraits, as well as personal branding photography. Ever since she was a little girl, Cariely was in charge of photographing family gatherings as she was one of the few people who didn’t “chop peoples’ heads off!” She took her first photography class in college and instantly became hooked, spending endless hours in the darkroom. To this day, she values photographs as meaningful heirlooms and loves the nostalgia they bring.

Premier Photography by Barbara Steinberg

A personal branding portrait by Barbara Steinberg [Premier Photography by Barbara Steinberg]

With around 20 years of professional experience under her belt, Barbara Steinberg knows a thing or two about photography. Originally from Virginia, she initially specialized in advertising and public relations before transitioning into the world of business headshots. This has become her passion and she’s now dedicated to creating professional images for personal branding. Barbara’s work has been featured in the “Los Angeles Times” and the “San Diego Tribune”, as well as in numerous magazines.

Sarah Morgan Photography

One of Sarah Morgan’s business headshots [Sarah Morgan Photography]

With a focus on personal branding and business headshots, Sarah Morgan is one of the most in-demand portrait photographers in San Diego. She also captures magazine-style portraits of families and seniors, as well as product photography for businesses throughout Southern California. Even with clients who hate having their photo taken, Sarah has a knack for making the shoot relaxed and fun and offers extensive consultations to ensure the session is custom designed for you.

Shadi Ameri

A stylish studio portrait by Shadi Ameri [Shadi Ameri]

Specializing in Vanity Fair-style portraits, Shadi Ameri is both an actress and photographer who understands what it’s like to be on both sides of the camera. She carefully guides each of her subjects through the process to ensure they feel comfortable in front of the lens and has a knack for making everyone look incredible. Whether she’s shooting headshots, portraits, or undertaking a boudoir session, Shadi is on a mission to make women look and feel beautiful.


A creative family portrait by Heidi [heidi-o-photo]

Based in North Park, San Diego, Heidi originally hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied photography at CalPoly San Luis Obispo and established heidi-o-photo soon after graduating in 2004. Since then, she’s had the privilege of documenting countless weddings and engagement sessions, as well as portraits of her clients’ growing families. Heidi’s mission is to create beautiful imagery that will tell your story for many years to come.

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