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12 Best Photographers: For Portfolio Development

Finding the right photographer to help bring you closer to building your perfect portfolio can be challenging in this Digital Age. No worries. I’ve simplified your search.

The photographers on this list have either worked with OBVIOUS or handpicked by me because I’m a big fan of their work. I’m only presenting images of their work. You can see more photographs on their Instagram pages listed in the feature. Each of them is worth the investment.

PART ONE

 

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JAMES ANTHONY
LOS ANGELES, CA
INSTAGRAM: @iamjamesanthony

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH JAMES: James is both an artist and a photographer. His work is fresh, colorful, and sparks conversation. He’s made a name for himself on his terms and travels abroad producing great imagery.

JR WEST
ATLANTA, GA
INSTAGRAM: @thejrwest

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH JR: I’m so proud of his growth. His work keeps me in awe every time! He’s produced several covers for us, and his use of color and movement is fantastic. He is worth the investment.

 
 
 
 
 
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TARRICE LOVE
BROOKLYN, NY
INSTAGRAM: @im.tarricelove

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH TARRICE: Tarrice has helped launch the careers of 100s of models worldwide. Often forgotten about by the modeling industry for his contributions; he is a national treasure, and his work speaks volumes.

 
 
 
 
 
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JESSY J.
DALLAS, TX / LOS ANGELES, CA
INSTAGRAM: @jessyjphoto

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH JESSY: Jessy J. produces some of the most beautiful work we’ve seen. Her use of color saturation, especially with Black models is breathtaking. She must be in your book for body and beauty.

 
 
 
 
 
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ITAYSHA JORDAN
BROOKLYN, NY
INSTAGRAM: @itayshaphoto

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH ITAYSHA: Itaysha is a modern-day Steven Meisel. She’s fashion hands down and can tell stories with clothes beautifully. This underrated Boston-native knows her stuff. I’m proud to be a fan. 

 
 
 
 
 
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JESSICA BLOOM
NEW YORK, NY
INSTAGRAM: @jbloom

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH JESSICA: Jessica Bloom burst with creativity! She shoots beauty, men, women and more. She’s a true storyteller. This diverse create gem is inspiring.

 

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MEECH
LOS ANGELES, CA
INSTAGRAM: @meech213

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH MEECH: Meech seems to have come out of nowhere! And, he’s not even in his 30s yet. He produces eye-catching, stunning images and fashion videos. He is the one-to-watch.

MAYA GUEZ
NEW YORK, NY
INSTAGRAM: @mayaguezart

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH MAYA: If you’re looking for high-end produced beauty, body, and fantasy, go to Maya. Her artistically beautiful images will elevate your social media presence and portfolio with a WOW factor!

 
 
 
 
 
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LARETTA HOUSTON
LOS ANGELES, CA / ATLANTA, GA
INSTAGRAM: @larettahouston

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH LARETTA: Laretta is a beast! Bold and creative about her work. She produces fashion, beauty, and lifestyle images for models and known brands. One of our go-to photographers in LA. 

GREG VAUGHAN
NEW YORK, NY
INSTAGRAM: @gregory_vaughan_

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH GREG: You will see a lot of images circulating social media from various models. More than likely Greg photographed them. An industry favorite from agencies and models around the world.

CARLOS JONES
ATLANTA, GA
INSTAGRAM: @iamcarlosjones

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH CARLOS: Carlos is like a quiet storm. He posts on social media when he has something to stay through his work. His work is calm with a twist, and he’s not one to shy away from pushing the envelope.

 

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MARC VINCENT
PHILADELPHIA, PA
INSTAGRAM: @marcmystyle

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH MARC: Marc is creative and isn’t afford to take risks to express his vision. His work is clean and poetic. His work is honest and not overly retouched. He is one of Philly’s best photographers.


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