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Browse these portrait photographers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santa Monica.

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Desert Rose Photography
4.9
from 157 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 353 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jessica C.
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We hired Will to shoot two large group photos for a corporate training and deliver prints by the next business day and he completed the job seamlessly and professionally. He was easy to get in touch with and very reliable. I coordinated this training in 15 different markets with 15 different photographers, and Will was one of our favorites! I would recommend Will for any photography job in the area!

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Brad Zangwill Photography
4.8
from 126 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 276 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Melissa S.
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Brad was fantastic! When he arrived at our location, he quickly scanned the scenery, and within seconds was able to determine the most beautiful spots to shoot. He picked several places based on existing architecture, landscape and foliage. His vision was amazing! A true photographer. I was worried about all the people in the area, but he knew how to set up the shots so it looked like we were the only ones there. He was also able to direct us into poses that may have felt unnatural, but translate wonderfully to the finished photo. The results were beautiful! I'm always concerned about color and lighting - I see so many photographers get it wrong, but our photos are truly professional quality. If you want someone who strikes a nice balance between efficiency, artistry, and reasonable pricing (and who doesn't?) then I highly recommend Brad!

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MacTaggart Media
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 199 hires on Thumbtack
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Joyce E.
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I was asked by a university to have my pictures taken professionally for an article that is going to be published. Fortunately, I didn't have a lot of time to think about it, because I was becoming quite nervous. Kelli arrived with all of her equipment. She suggested I pull out a few accessories from my closet. I had a couple of clothing ideas in mind. She recommended I add some scarves and jackets that were added to compliment what I chose. She helped me relax, knew just what would look good inside the house and outdoors. She has an eye for backgrounds, lighting, and an exuberance comes out that makes the subject have fun and really enjoy the experience. I loved that she would show me some of the shots as we went along, and I loved the ability to veto pictures taken so the publisher couldn't choose them. If you need professional pictures,she is the photographer to call! Thank you, Kelli!

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Tovicand Photography
5.0
from 76 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristen E.
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I could not ask for more!!!! Two photographers at a great price plus so many beautiful pictures!!! I had so many guest say your photographer was everywhere and they are taking so many great pictures!! I truly recommend Tovicand Photography!!! They are the best in my book! https://scontent-https://scontent-

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Monesson Photography
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen L.
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Joshua gave me exactly the headshot I was looking for. He really listened to me, and he was great at getting a good "look" from me. I love that I had so many shots to choose from. Technically everything was excellent--lighting, retouching, etc. Also Josh's communication skills were really good. We had to go back and forth a bit for scheduling, but he always got back to me right away and he was really flexible. I also thought the cost was very reasonable. I would recommend Josh to anyone looking for photography of any kind--wedding, product, portrait, whatever.

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Aloha | Dinocean Photography
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Ted A.
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Dino did some portrait photos for me to use for my office's website, and he worked magic with what is usually a not so photogenic subject. He knew how to bring the best out in me while all the while being laid back, genuine and professional. I highly recommend his services. You will come away with a good experience and great photos.

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Amina Touray Photography
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
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AMINA is an excellent photographer. She photographed my daughter at the beach for her Senior photos and they turned out BEAUTIFUL! She made her feel at ease and they had fun which came through in the pictures. She is a true artist with a camera. We will definitely use her again.

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John Brice Photography
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Anthea R.
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John is Awesome. Very professional. Very motivated. You can tell that he loves what he does & that makes it better for whoever he's working with. He did a photoshoot for me & the outcome was amazing. He's also very prompt to get my pictures back to me (which is a relief when I've had photographers take months without any communication). Overall, I love him & his work.

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Samer Yousef Photography
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Janan S.
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Samer was a gem to work with over the phone and in person. He is great for portrait and family shots.

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Natalie Baidi Photography
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Daniel L.
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Natalie was very professional in her approach as a photographer. Photos came out great, and so were the edited versioon of the photos.

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Saints Photography
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Zach H.
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I put out a thumbtack request for a photographer the night before my wedding anniversary in a last minute effort to try to give my wife the gift of family pictures for out anniversary. Due to my last minute request I was sure no photographers would be able to come out the very next day. Within 2 minutes of me submitting the thumbtack request Rachel actually called me on the phone and said she would love to come out the very next day and take our family pictures! Rachel was so accommodating and even was answering text message questions I was sending until 11:00 P.M. that night! The day of my anniversary I surprised my wife with a beautiful little family pictures certificate that Rachel had made custom for me the night before. Rachel met up with us that afternoon for the photo shoot and she even drove all the way up Big Cottonwood Canyon where we wanted the photos done. Rachel's patience with our screaming kids was amazing and her professionalism was unsurpassed. Rachel also has an amazing eye for art and photography and thought of some amazing ways and ideas to capture some truly amazing moments of our family. She really captured the relationships our family shares instead of just pictures of our family staring at the camera smiling. I HIGHLY recommend Rachel. Thanks Saints Photography!!!

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Jess Young Images
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Khadija F.
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Jess is hands down the sweetest photographer I have ever met. She really understood what I was looking for when it came to my engagement photos. She took amazing candid photos, as well as portrait photos that I will forever cherish. Thank you Jess for the hardwork and effort you put in!!! Highly highly highly recommend!!!!!!

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Trittonproductions.com
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Test J.
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Jordan made everything so easy. For my portrait shoot he was perfectly punctual and came with a vision so the whole shoot went very smoothly. Even though it rained on the day we were shooting he improvised with some crafty umbrella work and was able to produce some great shots regardless. He also turned everything around way earlier than I expected, which was an added bonus and I supremely appreciate. Would definitely recommend.

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Jeff Bandy Photography
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
David S.
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I used Jeff for my headshots. He is the most reasonable priced, skilled photographer that I came across after looking at the work of over 20 photographers in the area. Highly recommend him to anyone. Call me if you have questions about his work. 818-421-2170

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April Rocha
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Amanda E.
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April was awesome to work with!! We have had some bad experiences in the past with photographers and she did an amazing job! I would highly recommend her and will definitely be calling her again if we are in her area!! Thank you April :)

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  • 12 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Alicia H.
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Our photographers made our Champaign party the best ever. The pictures were beautiful, as if my girls were celebrities. The family enjoyed the photobooth and we will have such great memories with these beautiful photos. I highly recommend Mr T and his wife. They made our experience worth the world.

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Forrest Leo Photos
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Marco C.
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Forrest did a commercial job for and his attitude and work were fantastic. He made the subject feel relaxed, his energy was great and the shoot was professional and fun. End result, beautiful and artistic images. He put in substantially more time and effort that I could possibly have expected. I just hire him again, to shoot my personal headshots and portrait photos for my professional use. Forrest made me feel totally at ease and he made the shoot fun. Love the photos and hight recommend him. He is a pleasure to work with and a motivated and talented photographer. Great photos, responsive and fast results and super professional. I highly recommend him on all levels.

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La Bouffier Photography
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Peter A.
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Denise is fantastic. It's clear that she's been honing her craft for a long time and the results speak for themselves. She took many, many shots and gave great ideas for which poses would work best. Then she had me pick my favorites and did an excellent touch up job on them. I would highly recommend Denise for headshots or any other type of portrait photography.

Gregory Mancuso Photography
4.6
from 15 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jill W.
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This probably sounds weird but I would probably go back to Greg again even if the photos had turned out mediocre. He’s just such a fun and funny person to hang out with and his calm easygoing manner just made me feel so relaxed--which is the opposite of how I usually feel when being photographed. And his studio is right at the beach so that also made the whole vibe add up to a big stress reliever, nothing like shooting with the sound of the waves. His furry assistant is also one of the cutest, sweetest dogs I’ve ever met. And the photo portraits, that I’m using for acting and social media, are the best ever taken of me, so you add it all up and I have to highly recommend Greg!

  • 26 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mitchell F.
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I worked with Don to get business headshots. Don was extremely professional and one of the best photographers I have ever worked with. He was flexible and easy to communicate with, which was great for organizing the location, time and kind of headshots I was looking for. Don also worked very efficiently to minimize the time needed for the shoot, which I appreciated during my busy workday.

Dmitry Demchenko
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alexandra G.
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Dmitry was a pleasure to have on set! He is a fantastic photographer and I would highly recommend him.

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