10 portrait photographers who will impress you

Usually, portrait photography is meant to reveal the personality, expression or mood of the subject. However, in stock photography world, we often use the portraiture to imply concepts.

In the last two centuries, everything has been done, portrait photographers tried all the tricks, followed or broke all the rules, so what more could it be out there to surprise you?

We compiled a list of ten portrait photographers on Dreamstime who could still impress. In no particular order:

1. Mykyta Starychenko

Beautiful girl standing at the window watching

Mykyta's portraits are sincere, clean and natural. He focuses more on environmental portraits and manages to bring his models' emotions to life.

2. Branislav Ostojic


Branislav's models look like they've just got out of a fantasy book. If we could describe his portraits in a single word, that word would be "dreamy".

3. George Mayer

Surrealistic woman with cage

Probably the best portrait photographer on Dreamstime, George Mayer has won numerous awards in international competitions for his images, including the Photographer of the Year title in the prestigious Black and White Spider Awards.

4. Kantver

B/w double exposure portrait of a bearded guy and tree

Kantver's impecable technique allows him to experiment not just with simple, well lit portraits, but also with more innovative, trending double exposures.

5. Constantin Opris

Sad child looking through window

Constantin is one of Dreamstime's admins since 2006. He never stops trying new things, probably the reason why his photos are simply different.

6. Doodkoalex

Portrait of girl with flying hair

Doodkoalex likes to combine light and movement to create active, dynamic portraits. A clear example of well done studio work.

7. Konradbak

Woman's head

Any of Konradbak's portraits could illustrate the "A picture is worth a thousand words" saying in a dictionary. He doesn't create photos, he writes stories through photography.

8. Chaoss

Young woman winter portrait

When he's not shooting fitness models and dancers in action, Chaoss creates simple, wonderful portraits. Like this one above. But you should check out all his works and techniques.

9. Oleg Gekman

Photo of beautiful woman with magnificent hair. Perfect makeup

Oleg doesn't need many props to create high quality portraits, in studio or outdoors. While his technique is flawless, his main asset is the creativity.

10. Subbotina

Girl with colourful autumn leaves hairstyle

An inspiration to all of us since she first started, Subbotina never ceases to amaze us with her creativity. She uses lighting techniques and advanced post-processing to create portraits which are close to perfection.

One thing to remember after checking out these ten great photographers is that in stock photography, the most important feature of a portrait is the concept it implies.

So, which one is your favorite?

Photo credits: Chaoss, Constantin Opris, Doodkoalex, George Mayer, Oleg Gekman, Mykyta Starychenko, Kantver, Konradbak, Subbotina, Branislav Ostojic.

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January 04, 2016


Great Post. Enjoyed it. # 10. Subbotina has always been my favorite.

August 17, 2015


#4 is the best!

August 11, 2015


Excelent article and amazing images !

July 07, 2015


Amazing! nicelyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

May 21, 2015


Beautiful, congratulations!

April 27, 2015


Fantastic portrait!!!

March 27, 2015


All very unique and interesting! Thank you.

March 25, 2015


amazing, thanks for sharing

March 13, 2015


Amazing portraits!!!

March 07, 2015


They're all good but I'd probably give it to Mayer as my favourite as I am a fan of good black and white and the creative twist appeals to me.

And now having looked through the portfolios I add Konradbak as a favourite for the technical excellence and creativity.

March 03, 2015


Thanks for sharing!

March 02, 2015


Nicely done...

March 02, 2015


Love them all,But #8 is my favorite.Thanks for sharing

February 28, 2015


Love them all, but you forgot MY personal DT favorite, who happens to live just down the road from me. That contributor would be SeanLockephotography, so if you are in need of some great imagery, check out the two thousand or so files he has loaded up already, with several hundred more coming every month....

February 26, 2015


Excellent Blog. Much appreciate it!!

February 26, 2015


Great blog!! Wonderful photographers!! I will definitely study all of their portfolios. Thank you so much for taking the time to pull this together.

February 26, 2015


Mykyta is my favourite. I see portraits as "windows of the soul".
But the others are great works too! I wish I could do the same.

February 26, 2015


Very beautiful! I like most 8 - Chaoss. Thank you for sharing!

February 26, 2015


Love them all, but George Mayer is amazing!

February 26, 2015


Wow! Such amazing talent and incredible photos!!

February 26, 2015


wally, i think Mykyta Starychenko, Branislav Ostojic, Konradbak, Chaoss , Oleg Gekman are more consistent with my taste. but they all are my favorite i hope so.

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