A creative Seattle portrait captured by Sasha Reiko [Source: Sasha Reiko]

Portrait photography encompasses a huge diversity of genres, from engagement sessions to business headshots and family snaps. While some photographers focus on weddings and documenting couples’ love stories, others use their talents across a broader spectrum, including environmental portraiture, corporate branding, and social justice initiatives.

In this list of the top 10 portrait photographers in Seattle, we’ll introduce some of the city’s most talented creatives and the various ways they use their cameras to document humanity.

Stephanie Cristalli

A family portrait session captured by Stephanie Cristalli [Stephanie Cristalli]

Specializing in weddings and portrait photography, Stephanie Cristalli is passionate about capturing candid moments. Drawing on her artistic sensibilities, her photographs appeal to a broad range of couples and individuals wanting to document a specific moment in time. Her style has been described as “fresh,” “natural,” and “classic,” and she was selected by Expertise as one of the Best Wedding Photographs in Seattle for 2021.

Teresa Vick

One of Teresa Vick’s inspiring fine art portraits [Teresa Vick]

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Teresa Vick is an award-winning fine art photographer who serves the Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland areas. She creates one-of-a-kind pieces and is regularly engaged in commissioned projects for individuals, couples, artists, and pregnant women. She only takes on a limited number of commissions each year to ensure she offers a high-end experience to her clients.

Patrick Tak

A highly stylized portrait by Patrick Tak [Patrick Tak]

Based out of his 2,400-square-foot studio in downtown Seattle, Patrick Tak is a professional portrait, commercial, and fashion photographer. He works with a talented team of hair and makeup artists for a seamless experience and knows how to make his subjects comfortable in front of the camera. He has an outstanding eye for detail and is skilled at artistic direction, always finding the right angle to capture portraits in the best light possible.

Jenny GG

Jenny GG has a talent for capturing natural engagement sessions [Jenny GG]

Jenny has worked as a wedding and portrait photographer in the Seattle area since 2008 and loves capturing images that showcase the most meaningful moments in life. She has a talent for making people feel comfortable in front of the camera, with a fun photography approach. Clients rave about her natural style and ability to reveal real emotions, as well as gently prompting when required to achieve outstanding results.

Sasha Reiko

An intimate couple portrait captured by Sasha Reiko [Sasha Reiko]

Born and raised in Seattle, Sasha describes herself as a “lighthearted, tree-hugging, badass multi-tasking, cat-loving, adventurous spirit” who embraces the Pacific Northwest as her home. She’s a self-taught photographer who’s passionate about documenting life and seeing things in a different light. In addition to portrait photography, Sasha regularly shoots weddings and collaborates with business owners to launch their brands. Her journey began as a nature and travel photographer, and she loves heading abroad for destination weddings.

Haley McLain

Haley McLain is renowned for her clean and crisp business portraits [Haley McLain]

From beautiful headshots to business branding, Haley McLain is an agency-represented model who draws on her experience in front of the camera to help her clients today. She began shooting with film at the age of 15 and has made the transition to digital photography while striving to achieve the depth and quality of film. She personally retouches every client image she captures while ensuring sessions are lighthearted and candid.

Amy Galbraith

A couple hiking in the mountains on their wedding day [Amy Galbraith]

Specializing in engagement sessions, weddings, and elopements, Amy Galbraith is an adventure-loving photographer based in Seattle. She’s been shooting in the Pacific Northwest and Jackson Hole since 2010 and feels honored that so many couples trust her to tell their love story. When she’s not capturing weddings, she spends time trekking in the mountains, snowboarding, and surfing and uses her love and knowledge of the outdoors to help clients get epic wedding photos that are like no other.

Barbie Hull

Capturing the love between a dad and daughter [Barbie Hull]

Nominated for the “Best of Seattle” by Seattle Bride Magazine across multiple years, Barbie Hull has established a reputation as one of the city’s best photographers. She’s focused on documenting people’s lives, whether it’s their wedding, a pregnancy, a milestone birthday party, or a newborn baby. She captures business portraits and headshots for company profiles, as well as for individuals wanting to update their online networking sites. She’s passionate about volunteering and giving back and is one of the founders of Get Hitched Give Hope.  

Ciccarelli Photography

A newborn family portrait session captured by Ciccarelli Photography [Ciccarelli Photography]

Ciccarelli Photography is husband and wife team Erik and Marissa, high school sweethearts who are now dedicated to sharing the love story of others. Aside from photographing weddings and engagement sessions, they also capture family portrait sessions, kids, and newborns. Clients love the time they take to understand them and that they capture portraits that truly reflect who they are. Erik and Marissa are not only talented but have a knack for making the photographic process fun and relaxed.

Timothy Aguero

Timothy Aguero is renowned for his social justice portraits [Timothy Aguero]‌‌

Timothy Aguero has worked as a photographer for the last 20 years, capturing portraits for a diversity of clients throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. He’s worked alongside several social justice organizations and with the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture on projects that include Poetry on Buses. His previous clients include Alaska Airlines, the Seattle Art Museum, and the City of Tukwila, as well as Amazon and the Committee for Children.

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