Top Nine Female Portrait Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram in 2018

Out of the over 1 billion Instagram users on the platform in 2018, it's important to stand out. Check out my top 10 favorite female portrait photographers on Instagram and go give them a follow! Be ready to be blown away!

In the photography industry today, women are seen to be underrepresented. In this article, find the best talent out there and discover the women who are crushing it in the industry today. Below is my list and my favorites, but if you know anyone who is your favorite, leave their links in the comments!

Kate Woodman

Kate Woodman is known as a master of color. Her delicate and thoughtful use of colors combined with the wit she has in her images make them a joy to look at. Each one of her photos conveys a feeling and just makes you want to keep looking. 

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler is a fashion and beauty photographer known for her graphic and bold style. Looking through her portfolio, you will see her work stands out immediately by her fearless use of edgy lighting and bold colors.

Elaine Torres

In Elaine Torres' work, less is more. She flawlessly blends her seamless paper background with the models wardrobe to create eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing images to look at. 

Sue Bryce 

Sue Bryce is a glamour and portrait photographer who focuses on making women look powerful and beautiful. Each image shows the women she photographs in the best light and is truly inspiring to look at. 

Donatella Nicolini 

Donatella Nicolini is a maternity and portrait photographer based in Italy. Her use of soft lighting and motion in her images conveys the elegant beauty her subjects have within them. 

Bella Kotak

When I came across Bella Kotak's profile for the first time, the first thing that popped into my head was "wow!" The immaculate level of detail she uses in building her sets accompanied by the flawless retouching makes for an eye-catching portfolio. 

Brooke Shaden 

Brooke Shaden is a fine art portrait photographer. Her images look like scenes out of our dreams or nightmares. She often uses herself as the model and depicts the darkest and most vulnerable moments in her life. Her pictures convey darkness but in a beautiful light. 

Monica Lazar 

Monica Lazar is primarily a self portrait photographer. The special things about her work are how personal it is and the great lengths she goes to create her dreamy images. She carefully puts herself in captivating scenes and depicts the emotions that place elicits.   

Annie Mitova

Annie Mitova is best known for her dreamy and soft images that take on a painterly look. The way she represents her models in her work is stunning and regal. 

Be sure to share your favorites in the comments! 

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Nira V has been a long time favorite of mine! Thanks for the list. I love checking out new portfolios

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Same! Hope their work inspires others too!

liliumva's picture

I'm kind of sad to always see the same 6 photographers on top lists when there are so many very underrepresented female photographers out there.

But here's a few that are amazing that hardly, if ever, make the top 10's

kevin hoehne's picture

Thanks for adding some more. Natalie Shau and Christina Otero"s is freeky awesome.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Thanks for these additional links! Thats why i made this article. To help discover more talent.

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Elizaveta Porodina and Lina Tesch

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Awesome! Will check them out!

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Dennis Johnson's picture

how about a top 10 of white male portrait photographers? or a a top 10 of male portrait photographers not taller than 4 foot ?

kevin hoehne's picture

This would be interesting.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Sounds good! I will give it a go!

Dennis Johnson's picture

cant wait for that top 10 straight white male portrait photographers.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Didn't you already make the same exact comment?

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Dude it's a contributor based website. If you prepare an article about it there's a good chance FS will publish it. PP will do it for sure, there's an article about a guy shoooting a train through fence over there

Kalpesh Modi's picture

Nira V is a male photographer. His name is Nirav Patel.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Whoops! Good catch!

Ted Nghiem's picture

You aren't going to edit this article, considering Nirav is a guy? Pretty awesome photographer for sure, but.. you know. Doesn't fit in with the whole 10 female portrait photographers kinda post.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Will try my best to change it. It's up to the editors to approve it.

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Andy Janning's picture - recently named a Hasselblad Master. Stunning work.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Wow awesome!

Ryan Burleson's picture

This site is full of “you shouldn’t, you need” and various titles similar lately. I need to skip these articles.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Good point. I will keep that in mind for my next articles.

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Great list! I am totally vibing with Bella Kotak! Glad you introduced me to her page! Hope i can make it to the best of the best one day! <3 @TawnyHorton

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Glad you found the list helpful!

John Ohle's picture

Another great photographer is Dutch artist Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk at

I attended a workshop with herself and Kate Woodman and I was blown away by both of them.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Sweet! I'll check them out!

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I don`t need to do anything. Why don`t you write 10 inspiring female photographers according to my opinion?I hope writers for this site will soon graduate from "you need" "you must" titles...

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

You're right. My apologies. Will keep this is mind for future articles.

timgallo's picture

Thanks for reply.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Sure! Always trying to improve my writing :)

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I like how different each of them shoots and processes. I'm not huge into portrait photography, but I have a lot of respect for how creative people can get. I tend to avoid doing portrait photography because I don't seem to have that creative itch... and I'm cripplingly awkward so, I feel more comfortable spending a hours alone with a waterfall or sunset than people, haha.

I'm trying to broaden my knowledge regarding different styles I don't quite understand (fine art/architecture/portrait) so I can learn to appreciate them more, so lists like this, and the names added in the comments are always appreciated.

Thanks for sharing!

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

OF course! So glad to hear you found some inspiration from these people! I sure did.

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any fujifilm female photographer?

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

I don't believe so. Have any suggestions?

Rex Larsen's picture

I know this is Fstoppers, but the addition of a photojournalist or documentary photographer might add to this list of talented photographers and retouchers.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Good thought! Know of any? I search instagram for a few hours and these were just my favorite. As Im a portrait photographer.

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Nirav Patels work is lovely, however, he is a man.

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Glad you managed to fix it!

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Of course!

Richard Downs's picture

I rather like Susanne Middleberg's work:

Very interesting article.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Cool! I'll check it out! Glad you got something out of it.

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The irony of this article, if I went to those photographers and complimented them "your a very good female photographer" they would all be offended.

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

I don't know they seemed very thankful that they were in the list. So I'll take it

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Good to hear!!

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