Every year Pageant Planet compiles a list of the best pageant photographers from the previous year based on our Best in Pageantry Awards. Not only will this list help you find your next pageant photographer, but it can even assist when finding the pageant photographer best suited for your pageant system. In this list you can find both pageant headshot photographers and pageant event photographers. If your favorite pageant photographer isn't on this list, you can shop our entire list of consultants by clicking Find a pageant photographer.
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Carlos Velez is a hot name in both fashion and pageantry photography right now. In both 2016 and 2017, Velez shot with the United States representative for each of the "Big Four" international pageants, including Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss World and Miss International. While Velez is based in Orlando, Florida, he travels around the country throughout the year, so make sure to keep up with where he's going for an opportunity to shoot with him!
Carlos Velez shooting the Chrisley family, reality TV stars and directors of Miss Florida USA. Photo: Carlos Velez Facebook
Toni Overby is best known for her glitz-style pageant headshots. She travels throughout the country to many different glitz pageants to provide hair and makeup services as well as photo sessions for her clients. Her extensive knowledge of glitz pageants coupled with her experience in the industry makes her the perfect fit if you're looking for your next super glamorous headshots!
Toni Overby with a client. Photo: Toni Overby Facebook
While Summerfrost Photography is based out of Los Angeles, California, its reach extends far beyond the city. Summerfrost Photography is the official sponsor photographer for Miss Alaska USA, Miss Washington USA, Miss Idaho USA, Miss Montana USA and Miss Oregon USA. Not only will you leave your session with a phenomenal photo, you'll leave with a photo that makes you stand out from your competitors at your next pageant.
Courtney Summerfrost with Summerfrost Photography. Photo: Summerfrost Photo Instagram
Fadil Berisha is easily one of the most well-known photographers of our time. Berisha is a fashion, celebrity and pageant photographer who has worked with stars like Kendall Jenner, Tyra Banks, Halle Berry, Olivia Culpo and Pia Wurtzbach. As the long-time official photographer for the Miss Universe Organization, Berisha has had the opportunity to work with many former Miss Teen USAs, Miss USAs and Miss Universes to produce stunning headshots. His work has been featured on networks like MTV, CW, NBC, CBS, CNN, National Geographic and E! Currently based in New York City, this photographer sure knows how to produce stunning photographs of any aspiring star.
Fadil Berisha. Photo: Telegrafi.com
Grant Foto is a photographer based in Houston, Texas, who specializes in fashion and beauty photography, fitness photography, pageant headshots and more. Whether you're looking to build your modeling portfolio or you just want a stunning headshot to wow your judges, Grant Foto has it covered. While Grant Foto does not usually travel around the country, clients do have the option of shooting in the studio or on location. Photographer Steven Grant always works with titleholders and contestants to capture their beauty and get the best photo possible!
Steven Grant working with one of the Grant Foto clients. Photo: Steven Grant Facebook
Carter Studios is no stranger to the pageant industry as it is the official photography sponsor for multiple state pageants in the Miss USA and Miss America pageant systems. Photographer Jonathan Carter has previously had the opportunity to shoot with former Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, Miss United States, Miss America and International Junior Miss titleholders to create stunning headshots. Carter Studios is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, so if you are in the area and looking for pageant headshots, be sure to book an appointment!
Jonathan Carter of Carter Studios. Photo: Jonathan Carter Facebook
Clay Spann is not only a nationally recognized photographer, but he also has his own cosmetics line. Spann's skills with makeup and photography allow him to create a winning look for each and every client. While he is based in Alabama, it is not unusual for pageant contestants and titleholders to travel from across the country for a session with Spann.
Clay Spann. Photo: International Pageants
Owner of Goodwin Photography, Krisna Goodwin is certainly familiar with the pageant world. She has been volunteering in the pageant industry for over 25 years and understands the value of a phenomenal pageant headshot. Goodwin works with her husband, a retired photographer, to create the perfect photo for a winning first impression with your pageant judges! She has previously worked with the Miss United States, Miss America and Miss USA pageant systems at the local and state levels.
Krisna Goodwin. Photo: Goodwin Photography
Georgina Vaughan has been working with cameras since she was born. Vaughan found a love for photography and a natural-born skill after working with her father, a famous photographer. She has a passion for making her clients feel like superstars through her photos, and her work has been featured on the Miss Teen USA and Miss USA websites. Vaughan is proud of the unique vision she has for each of her clients' photoshoots and the stunning results they create. Whether you're a contestant looking for your next headshot or a titleholder looking for your crown photos, Georgina Vaughan Photography is one of the absolute best photographers in the industry!
Georgina Vaughan. Photo: Georgina Vaughan Photography
Matt Boyd Photography is made up of husband and wife, Matt and Meredith Boyd, who make their clients feel and look like stars. Meredith glams up each client with her expert hair and makeup skills, and then Matt captures each client's individual beauty on camera. Boyd is an official Miss America photographer and has photographed many former Miss Americas. While Boyd works extensively with the Miss America Organization, the photos he produces can be used for almost every pageant system you could think of.
Matt and Meredith Boyd. Photo: Matt Boyd Photography
John Flynn is the owner of Clover Storm Photography and has experience in pageant event photography, runway photography, portrait photography and headshots. He has photographed numerous pageants, including PURE International Pageants and the Miss Ohio International pageant, a preliminary to Miss Teen International.
Miss Ohio International winners. Photo: John Flynn
Bobby Dalto is the photographer for the MARUSA system and travels alongside the system to various locations. Having been the official photographer for Rocking Roll Magazine, Dalto has been able to develop his own unique style of photography. However, unique does not immediately mean pricy, as Dalto is known for his affordable stage shots.
A contestant at MARUSA nationals. Photo: Bobby Dalto
Eric Choy is the official photographer for multiple pageants in the Northwest, including the International Junior Miss Washington and Oregon pageants and the Regal Majesty International pageant. Choy is repeatedly brought back to photograph pageants because of his dedication to the contestants. Not only does he capture beautiful stage shots, but he also photographs contestants throughout the entire competition, including when they are backstage or off stage. Choy has been described by clients as "easy to work with, kind to all he interacts with in the different pageant systems and willing to go the extra mile for his clients when they need it." Not only is he a positive presence wherever he goes, but his photographs are a high-quality way to capture memories.
A contestant at the Regal Majesty pageant. Photo: Eric Choy
Amanda Ferguson has over 13 years of photography experience under her belt. Although she is based in South Carolina, her passion for traveling has allowed her to photograph pageants across the country. Ferguson is best known for capturing spectacular moments at the USA National Miss national pageant and various USA National Miss state pageants.
In addition to capturing once in a lifetime moments on stage, Ferguson is a headshot, wedding and fashion photographer. Her main focus, however, is fashion and pageant photography. Her ability to capture the perfect first impression for any contestant has allowed her to become a well-known name in pageant photography.
Kendra Hale prior to being crowned USA National Miss 2017. Photo: Amanda Ferguson
Edwin Shaw is the owner of Pageant Images, one of the leading pageant event photography businesses. Shaw has recently photographed the Miss USA state pageants in Michigan, Ohio and New York. His expertise in pageant photography has allowed him to travel all around the United States.
Miss Ohio USA 2018 crowning moment. Photo: Edwin Shaw
Heather Orawsky is a Connecticut-based photographer who has a decade of experience in various types of photography. Orawsky has photographed both the 2017 International Junior Miss pageant and the 2017 Miss Teen America pageant. She has worked with both of these top-ranking systems for five years. In addition to having experience in photography, Orawsky has experience in graphic design and holds a degree in Visual Communications.
Ciana Pelekai being crowned Miss Teen America 2017. Photo: Heather Orawsky
Rob Aberegg and Steve Drury tied for third place in this year's ranking. Both photographers always manage to capture photographs at the perfect time to show pure emotion. Every special moment on stage is captured and available to contestants for a reasonable price. Aberegg and Drury are photographers for one of the top 10 national pageants of 2017, National American Miss. Aberegg is also the photographer for the International Junior Miss California pageant and the California High School America pageant.
Crowning at National American Miss and National All-American Miss. Photos: Steve Drury (Left) and Rob Aberegg (Right)
Krisna Goodwin is the official photographer for an extensive number of pageant systems, including the Miss and Mrs. United States systems. She is the official headshot photographer for the Miss Virginia Organization and America's National Teenager system. The Miss Virginia Organization has raved about Goodwin's photography skills. "We’ve used their photos for official headshots and for our national ad in the Miss America Competition Magazine." Goodwin has been involved in pageantry for 25 years as a pageant volunteer. She is a pageant partner with Miss Virginia USA, Miss Virginia Teen USA and Miss Teen America. Her work has been featured on the cover of Pageantry Magazine and Supermodels Unlimited Magazine.
Cecili Weber, Miss Virginia 2017. Photo: Krisna Goodwin
Colleen Charleton, of La Belle Fille Productions, has experience shooting both glitz and natural pageants. She has photographed numerous systems, including International Junior Miss, USA National Miss, National Elite Miss and Darling Divas. Her passion and expertise have propelled her to the forefronts of the pageant photography industry. Charleton also owns and runs Belle Visage' Photography. In addition to being a pageant event photographer, Charleton is a headshot photographer. She has captured glamorous headshots for contestants that compete in a variety of systems. Specifically, her glitz headshots for contestants in younger age divisions truly stand out from the rest.
“Mr. Tim” Whitmer. Photo by Colleen Charlton/Belle Visage' Photography
Jeanna is no stranger behind the camera; she is well-versed at working with numerous pageant contestants and titleholders across all types of systems. Her style of photography for headshots can be classic studio shots to trendy fashion-styled shoots to outdoor sessions. The Miss Virginia Organization uses Jeanna for the official headshots for their titleholders. Jeanna also does pop-up photo events throughout the Southeast to allow more pageant contestants to utilize her photography skills for their official pictures. Jeanna Beasley Photography is based in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jeanna Beasley takes the official crown shots of the Miss Virginia Organization. Pictured here is Courtney Garrett, Miss Virginia 2014.
Located in Brandenburg, Kentucky, Lyndzie works with all ages and all walks of life. Her diversity of clientele allows her to not only photograph seniors, themed/styled sessions, but also pageant contestants, ranging from young girls to Teen, Miss, and even Mrs. contestants. Contact Lyndzie if you need a timeless, studio-based headshot for your upcoming pageant.
Abbie Gibson looks great for her headshot with Lyndzie Hack.
Kathy Whittaker has a keen eye not only for posing her clients but also for lighting and the prep work that is involved in the perfect headshot. She even has a styling team for hair and makeup to make your session that much easier. Her approach is very fashion-forward and glamorous, but she can also do more casual photo sessions, such as senior portraits or professional headshots. Based in Austin, TX, she also travels throughout the country to widen her client reach.
Kathy Whittaker Photography has a glamorous approach to her headshots, as seen on the model Alexandria Black.
Based in Dayton, Ohio, John Flynn owns Clover Storm Photography and specializes in pageant headshots as well as dance and cheer photography. John is great at capturing both still and action shots, perfect not only for your headshots but even your pageant itself if you are a director. According to his reviews, he is also quick with his editing turn around, so even if your pageant is quickly approaching you can still contact John.
John Flynn of Clover Storm photography is great for any headshot, even Victoria Brown used him for her Miss Indiana USA headshot.
Edwin is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Detroit, Michigan. He specializes in glamour headshots and photo sessions for any pageant contestant, but also does events and weddings. Edwin's style is more traditional studio images for his headshots, but his lighting and posing is timeless. Edwin also photographs many pageant events and takes the first shots of the winners of numerous state Miss USA pageants.
Edwin Shaw has photographed many Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state titleholders, including Elena LaQuatra, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2016.
Although based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Jonathan Carter of Carter Studios also travels to numerous states to reach more and more pageant contestants looking for great headshots. Specializing in glamour and more fashion-forward sessions, Carter Studio is very on-trend. Carter Studios is also the official pageant photographer for numerous Miss USA and Miss America state programs.
Carter Studios Photography is very on-trend for any pageant system.
Talk about a one-stop shop! Clay Spann is not only an extremely talented photographer but also an impeccable makeup artist. Embedded in each of his sessions is a makeup session with him to ensure you look and feel your best during the time spent with him. Clay has worked with the national title holders for the International System and numerous state and local titleholders for both Miss America Organization and Miss USA pageants. Clay is located in Dothan, Alabama and has a very glamorous approach to both makeup and photography. A bonus about working with Clay? If you love the products he uses on you during your makeup session, you can buy the products from him as he also has his own cosmetics line.
Clay Spann, photographer and makeup artist, showcases e Miss Teen International 2014 Blair Wortsmith.
It was difficult to pick one photo to encompass the skill and flair that Krisna Goodwin of Goodwin Photography has for headshots. Not only is she the official photography sponsor of the United States National Pageants, but she also works with numerous titleholders for other systems. Her ability to work with all ages is showcased by her impressive portfolio, and she also helps showcase the personal brand of career men and women with professional photography. Goodwin Photography is located in Blountville, Tennessee.
Krisna Goodwin of Goodwin Photography has worked with Miss United States 2016, Alayah Benavidez.
Matt Boyd's skill and talent for photography have not gone unnoticed as he has captured beautiful images for numerous state titleholders, as well as plenty of Miss Americas (ahem, Betty Cantrell, 2015, Nina Davuluri, 2014, Mallory Hytes Hagan, 2013, just to name drop a few). His style of photography is extremely diverse. Able to capture casual sessions in an outdoor setting, timeless and classic headshots in a studio, or extremely glamorous fashionable photo sessions, his knack for showcasing the essence of each client is paramount to his business. Matt Boyd is located in Canton, Georgia.
Matt Boyd Photography took the official headshot for Ali Rogers, Miss South Carolina 2012.
Fadil Berisha is one of the most sought-after photographers not only for pageant contestants but also for fashion models and celebrities (his client list not only includes Kardashians but other celebritiess like Halle Berry and Tyra Banks). His skill behind the camera is unequivocally one of the best (hence his spot on this countdown), as his range of style is so diverse. Fadil takes fashion-forward to the next level with his glamorous headshots for pageant contestants, action shots, and even high-fashion photos worthy of Vogue magazine. Fadil is the official portrait photographer at the Miss USA pageant. If you are seeking the most impeccable, trendy, and fashion-forward headshot, Fadil Berisha is your photographer.
Fadil Berisha takes gorgeous headshots of Miss USA title holders, like Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016.
Steve Drury of Steve Drury Photography is based in Irvine, California. He has worked with California International Junior Miss, California Miss Amazing, National American Miss, Miss Jr. America, Miss and Miss Teen Los Angeles County International 2016, and various stage productions. He manages to capture the movement on stage and the fun, lighthearted moments off the stage.
From Miss Jr. America. Photo/Steve Drury.
Catherine photographs multiple pageants throughout New England. She captures movement and memorable moments throughout the day that you'll sure want to remember. She even has a whole album on her Facebook featuring Miss America's "Show Me Your Shoes" 2016 Parade.
From Yankee Miss 2016. Photo/Catherine Fiehn.
Eve was featured in our Top 10 Pageant Photographers of 2015, so it's no surprise we see her again this year. Based in Canada, Eve specializes in kid's pageants. She artfully captures all the fun and fashion of pageant day.
From Dreamboat Dolls Pageant. Photo/Eve DuPree
John Flynn of Clover Storm Photography produces consistently high-quality work and truly makes the contestants come alive in the photos from the stage. Other action shots on the Clover Storm Photography website demonstrate this quality, and anyone who produces consistent quality across platforms is certainly reliable. In fact, Flynn has been known to attend rehearsals and other pageant events to take note of the contestants' routines to ensure a perfectly timed photo.
Photo: John Flynn.
Based in Oregon, Eric is the official photographer for Pajama Pageant by IJM Washington Oregon, Ultimate Dream Queen Washington Oregon, National Regal Majesty Pageant, and Queens for Cure. His photos include on stage, off stage, and even selfies with the titleholders.
Photo: Eric Choy Photography.
Select Studios was established in 1990 by fashion photographer Arthur Garcia and is based in Houston, Texas. The photos are candid and make you feel like you are actually at the event and not just looking at a photograph. Staying true to their roots, contestants will be photographed from their beautiful faces to the interesting shoes covering their toes.
Miss Texas USA 2016. Photo:Select Studios
Laurel Austin is based in Kansas and was also featured in our Top 10 Pageant Photographers of 2015. She photographs the state USA pageants with VanBros. She captures all of the photos during the event from check-in to rehearsal fun to crowning moments and even their first photo shoot the next day as the brand new titleholders.
Miss and Miss Teen Missouri 2017 contestants at rehearsal. Photo: Laurel Austin
Edwin Shaw, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Detroit, Michigan with Edwin Shaw Productions/PageantImages.com, photographs pageant day for Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania USA. He documents every moment of pageant day including the setup, contestants signing in, rehearsing in robes, answering on-stage questions, and being crowned. His photos are focused on the subject, even from afar, and the girl stands out every time.
Miss Teen Ohio USA 2017 reacting to her name being called. Photo/Edwin Shaw
Specializing in kids photography for natural and glitz pageants, Eve can get you what you need for a pageant. She is based in White Rock, British Columbia and also does print modeling shots. Glitz photos are very different from natural photos, so when going for this look be sure to choose a photographer who is familiar with glitz style.
Glitz headshot by Eve Dupree. Photo: eedupreephotography.com
Each year, Paula Preston and her team pick up and move from Minnesota to Jacksonville, FL for two weeks to photograph the events surrounding the Mrs., Miss, and Teen International Pageants. In addtion to the national pageants and pageant headshots, Paula also photographs seniors, families, and beauty shots. Her client, Brookley Wofford, Miss Minnesota United States 2015 won Most Photogenic at Miss United States 2015. You can find her on Facebook and at paulapreston.com.
Taylor Woodruff, Miss North Dakota International 2016. Photo by Paula Preston: Taylor Woodruff Facebook page.
As a pageant contestant herself, Laura knows just how to accent the contestant in a headshot and in a crown and sash shot. Her portfolio is filled with girls of all shapes, sizes, age divisions, and pageant systems. She is based in Mill Creek, WA and has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Photography. Visit beyondphotography.net for more information.
Mrs. Washington International 2012, Elizabeth Gibbons. Photo: beyondphotography.net.
Laurel Austin Studio partners with Vanbros and Associates for headshots of their titleholders and pageant shots of the contestants during pageant week. The Laurel Austin Studio Facebook page is filled with crowning moments and silly group shots of the girls backstage. Knowing there is a great photographer snapping away as you walk the runway helps you to stay focused on stage. Visit her on Facebook or at laurelaustinstudio.com.
Hellen Smith, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2016 and Taylor Gorton, Miss Oklahoma USA 2016 after crowning in December. Photo: Laurel Austin Studio.
Owned by Jack Bains, Southern Exposure Photography, Inc. has 4,000 square feet of studio space in Oneonta, AL. Their Facebook page is full of pageant contestant photos that showcase both the girl and her personality. Visit them on Facebook or at southernexposurephotos.com.
Madison Guthrie, Miss Alabama USA 2015. Photo: Southern Exposure Photography Facebook page.
Founded in 2006 and based in Blountville, TN, Goodwin Photography can do it all from headshots to crowning moments. Their headshots accentuate the natural beauty of the girl and highlight her smile and eyes. You can find more information of their Facebook and at their website, goodwinphotography.com.
Paiton Patterson, Miss Tennessee Valley United States. Photo: Goodwin Photography.
Clay Spann Photography began in 1998 and is based in Dothan, AL. He and his team also have a cosmetics line and can provide a full service photoshoot with hair and makeup. They sponsor the International Pageants queens during their reign, provide their official portraits, and host a Trunk Show in April to help prepare contestants for the competition. You can visit his website at clayspann.com
Samantha Riddle, Miss International 2014. Photo: Clay Spann Facebook page.
Georgina Vaughan's work is seen on both the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA website. Her titleholders photos are vibrant and full of life, and could easily be put on a glossy magazine cover as they are nothing short of glamorous. Georgina's headshots are always bold and beautiful, and stand out among the crowd of headshots. You can see her work on her website at georginavaughanphotography.com or on her Facebook page.
Victoria Mendoza, Miss World America 2015. Photo by Georgina Vaughan.
A Southern gentleman always knows how to make a girl look and feel beautiful. Matt Boyd is no different. Based in Smyrna, GA, he has photographed many pageant contestants across the country across a variety of pageant systems. He is known for his photos of our gorgeous Miss Americas, and he is an official MAO photographer. You can find him on Facebook or at mattboydstudio.com.
Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016 in a photo by Matt Boyd. Photo: Matt Boyd Photography Facebook page.
Based in NYC and founded in 2006, Fadil is the go-to photographer for any girl looking for a high fashion, Miss Universe look. He has worked with numerous titleholders including Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, and Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014. Fadil also works with Sherri Hill.
Nia Sanchez, photo by Fadil Berisha.
As you can see, Angel does amazing work! Black and white or color, this pageant photographer's work is excellent! Based out of South Carolina, check out this popular artist.
Eve's work is cute and fun for kids! Specializing in natural and glitz photos for children, you're sure to walk away with a stunning and beautiful photo.
He's shot the Miss Galaxy titleholders! Group shots, headshots and a range of unique photos are found in this photographer's portfolio. Go there for a headshot but you may end up adding several other pieces to your collection! Talented and innovative, according to his fans, their office is located in Dayton, Ohio.
Todd's photos aren't always your traditional pageant headshots. Fashionable and multi-purpose, the images from Todd Ward's studio are visually compelling and fun.
Fadil is a popular photographer for the Miss USA system. From concept to final product, it's no surprise that this very popular pageant photographer was nominated so many times! His work with the MUO is always highly sought-after by pageant fans.
Jeanna Beasley creates beautiful pageant headshots. If you've been in pageants for any period of time, you have definitely seen one of this photographer's headshots. She's got an eye for color and pageant headshots that stand out in program books, and she's very fun to work with!
Goodwin Photography is a notable pageant photographer If you haven't heard of this company yet, you will see more and more of their work in the future. An up and comer, this photography studio earned the #4 spot because they've got a knack for techniques that highlight the subject's individual beauty and personality.
3. Southern Exposure Photography
Based out of Alabama, this photographer is skilled in working with all kinds of subjects.
Amanda has photographed Miss Nevada Teen USA. Whether you're a reigning titleholder or hoping to capture the crown yourself, you can expect vivid images from Amanda Ferguson's work!
Matt Boyd's work is notoriously beautiful. This photography team has made a name for themselves in the realm of pageants by working with titleholders in many different systems.
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