Every pageant girl knows that a good photo can set you apart from the crowd. The judges see your photo before they ever even meet you, and the audience also gets to see you in the program book before you even step on stage.
Once you win, your crown and banner shot will be on autograph cards, splattered on social media, and posted on the pageant’s website. Your photos must be flawless!
Having an excellent, go-to photographer who you trust and who knows the “pageant look” is the key to getting the perfect shot. We’ve put together a list of some of the best photographers in pageantry this past year. With so many AMAZING photographers it is impossible to include them all , but we’ve narrowed it down to the few who we believe really stood out this year.
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Top Pageant Photographers of 2015
10. Eve Dupree
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. (Read: How to Prepare for a Glitz Pageant)
She can be found on Facebook and at eedupreephotography.com.
9. Paula Preston
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.
8. Laura Hunter – Beyond Photography
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.
7. Laurel Austin Studio
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.
6. Southern Exposure Photography
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.
5. Goodwin Photography
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.
4. Clay Spann
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
3. Georgina Vaughan
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.
2. Matt Boyd
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.
1. Fadil Berisha
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.
You can see more of his work at fadilberisha.com.
Having a photographer who is familiar with pageantry, your specific system, and can make you feel comfortable in front of the camera is the key to creating the photo of your dreams.
Headshots can be expensive, but they are the first look that the judges get to see of you. They need to be good for you to win the crown in the end of the competition! (Read: How Important Are Pageant Headshots to Winning a Pageant)
Even if you walk away without a crown, you’re sure to have a beautiful photo to last forever.