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

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. 

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Beauty lies in simplicity

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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. 

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As a fledgling creator, I didn’t start taking myself seriously until 2014 when I created a picture of a sleeping nymph surrounded by flowers. That picture for me was a step into something new, something special, a world where I controlled the content, where I could explore my love of spring, of femininity, of fairytales, of flowers, of enchantment. It’s what most of you guys know me for and it’s a world I’ve escaped into over and over again, at first to distract myself from a career that wasn’t my calling, and later to experience and immerse myself in the wonders of the natural world and collaborate with artists whom I admire and who are as passionate about their craft as I am mine. . For my latest picture I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone once more, to push myself to create something that captured and symbolised this moment in my life as well as reconnect to the magic that I felt in that little shoot back in 2014. . As a new romantic love blossomed in my own personal life, I found myself growing as a person, as a girlfriend, as a business partner, as a best friend, and as of this year, a fiancee. . Up until now all my pictures featured solo feminine characters blossoming into their own, from sleeping nymphs to warrior queens. The growth of the characters quietly mirror my internal evolution into womanhood while at the same time drawing us into their world. . It was time to add another dynamic. . Check out how this picture was created, along with BTS of the day and a Photoshop timelapse, in the blog post! (Link in bio ✨) . Models: @mariaamanda_official & @jeremymoineau Retouching: myself and @solsticeretouch Dress and headpiece: @agnieszkaosipa Assisting: @solsticeretouch and Scarlett

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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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72 Comments

Michael Holst's picture

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!

Crystal Johnson'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

https://www.instagram.com/olgaboyko_photo/
https://www.instagram.com/cristinaoterophoto/
https://www.instagram.com/marie_killen/
https://www.instagram.com/natalieshau/

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.

Jeff McCollough's picture

But you just wrote about people that are already known.

Robert Sakowski's picture

Elizaveta Porodina and Lina Tesch

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Awesome! Will check them out!

alan christie's picture

instaw**k

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!

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

Eli Dreyfuss's picture

Didn't you already make the same exact comment?

Jeff McCollough's picture

Me too. I feel underrepresented.

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.

https://instagram.com/tinasignesdottir - recently named a Hasselblad Master. Stunning work.

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.

Tawny Horton's picture

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!

Another great photographer is Dutch artist Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk at https://www.instagram.com/gemmy.woudbinnendijk

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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