Our Favorites: 8 of the Best Portrait Photographers in 2020

We’re taking a moment to share our love for awesome portrait photographers.

We love portrait photography. So do millions of our readers. Over the past decade, we’ve had the opportunity to showcase some of the best portrait photographers in the business. Some of the pieces we’ve published include awesome self-portraits, imaginative conceptual portraits, and professional-class headshots. 2020 has been no different from the previous 10 years. We’ve had some amazing portrait photographers share their work with us. And as we bring this unforgettable year to a close, allow us to share The Phoblographer’s favorite portrait photographers in 2020.

Our Favorite of the Best Portrait Photographers

We have previously featured all the portrait photographers listed below. There’s something for everyone, and we had fun reflecting on this year, enjoying some of the great work that was sent our way.

We’re certain you’ll enjoy each photographer as much as we do. Let’s go!

1. The Portrait Kitchen

The timing of us discovering this portrait duo couldn’t be better. The clue is in the name, as these portrait photographers have turned their kitchen into a home studio. While most of the world has been in lockdown, what better way to learn how to make photos at home than from this fantastic partnership. The Portrait Kitchen mainly focuses on millinery photography, and you can see from the image above that they’re clearly experts in their niche!

2. Tadao Cern

Sometimes photographers can be guilty of taking their work too seriously. All too often, we see photographers making work they feel has deep meaning and a mind-altering impact. While Tadao Cern certainly is passionate about his work, he produces imagery that makes the viewer laugh. His wacky, “out there” portraits are hilarious, as he puts his subjects in some unflattering poses. Take a look yourself; we challenge you not to have a little giggle!

3. Matteo Verre

When it comes to portrait photographers, Mattero Verre is certainly one of the most interesting we’ve seen in 2020. His self-portraits are an exploration of his identity. By creating a deeper connection with self, it in turn allows him to understand humanity better. He has a lot to say on the topic, and you can check it out in full here.

4. Carl Schultz

We showcased the work of Carl Schultz in our Creating the Photograph series. In an environmental portrait shoot for Modern Luxury Scottsdale, Schultz photographed Scott Campbell, the CEO of Sierra Charlie Aviation. As he broke down the concept, the lighting, and editing, his attention to detail was impressive. It’s a wonderfully creative set of images and an education to any budding photographer.

5. Adam Moco

Adam Moco’s portrait photography has a very specific goal: to change the way people perceive dating apps. In a time of hook-up culture, Moco wanted to use apps like Grindr to make meaningful connections. He traveled the US and beyond to create intimate portraits of people he met online. He wanted to portray them in their natural environment, in their natural form, creating some meaningful work in the process.

6. Melissa Stemmer

With her trusted Fujifilm XH1, Melissa Stemmer creates charming portraits. From Dusseldorf, Germany, Stemmer is using photography to communicate her interest in people. The result is a varied set of portraits that show the individual in their own personal light. When asked what was at the center of her work, she told The Phoblographer, “The conversation is everything.” And it’s clear, as she finds the core of her subject’s personality, helping them be themselves in front of the camera.

7. Mark Edward Harris

If you’re a wildlife lover, you’ll adore these portraits from Mark Edward Harris. Shot in South East Asia, Harris made photographs of Orangutans on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Honestly, the portraits melted our hearts, and we were fascinated with how close Harris was able to get to the animals. When asked how the Orangutans responded to him, he said, “The older ones like to have me turn my camera around so they can see themselves on my LCD.” Beautiful work!

8. Audrey Woulard

Audrey Woulard’s Girl in the Woods is an example of the thrill of impromptu portraiture. Captured in the woods with no preconceived plan, Woulard seized the opportunity to make some interesting photographs. “I was attracted to this particular location due to the ambient lighting filtering through the trees,” says Woulard. Shot with Nikon z7, Woulard was able to make some playful portraits on the fly – super work!

Your Favorite Portrait Photographers

We’ve given you eight of our favorites, now it’s time to show us yours. Which portrait photographers float your boat? Let us know in the comments below and we will be sure to check them out.

Dan Ginn

Dan Ginn is a content writer and journalist. He brings with him five years' experience writing in the photographic niche. During that time he has worked with a range of leading brands, as well as a host professional photographers within the industry.