Only the BEST portrait photographers are members of the IPA

When you hire a portrait photographer from the IPA, you are hiring a professional with proven experience, peer recognition and a track record for making beautiful portrait imagery. To put it simply, our membership consists of the best portrait artists in the world.

What is the IPA?

Quite simply, International Portrait Artists is a grouping of the best portrait photographers in the world!

Why should I hire an IPA member for my portrait needs?

These portrait photographers are truly the best in the world in their field. Each one has dedicated their lives to their craft and will work tirelessly to create the very best imagery possible… for you.

Is there a difference between the IPA directory and other portrait directories?

Absolutely! We are the only portrait organization with a strict application process. To be selected, each member must demonstrate above-average photographic skill, provide client testimonials or be sponsored by a current IPA member, and participate in our exclusive peer-review process. Only the best make it.

Veteran of at least 2 years portrait business

Submit images for review

Sponsorship or references required

Agree to operate by Code of Conduct

Application Approved by IPA Members

Interested in a particular kind of photographer? We’re making it easy for you to jump right in.

Family Portraits

Classy or casual, fun and fancy, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for in family portraits. Click on the link above to see the work of the very best family portrait photographers.

Editorial Portraits

The most creative and unique editorial portraiture is found here on IPA. But don’t take our word for it, click through the link above and see for yourself.

Documentary Portraits

Photographing your life as it unfolds, completely unscripted, is what we’re all about in our documentary portraits. Check out our collection of the world’s best documentary portrait photographers by clicking the link above!

Newborn Portraits

People are only brand new for a very short time. We know exactly what it takes to capture this fleeting moment with gorgeous portraiture that will last a lifetime. When you click the link above you’ll see our very best work in newborn portraiture.

Intimate Portraits

Intimate portraits celebrate beauty and we are the best of the best when it comes to making images in this style (commonly referred to as boudoir). Be aware before you click the link above, some images may contain partial nudity.

Engagement Portraits

Celebrating a commitment between two people is a big deal! And you won’t find better engagement portrait photographers anywhere else. Follow the link above and get a taste of the best in engagement portraits!


Realtors to your blogger-next-door, coaches to CEOs, we’ve all seen our share of headshots. It’s more important than ever to make a great first impression. IPA photographers take our time to create excellent images for our clients in the professional world.

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits are a record of the end of childhood and the beginning of a new independence. Clicking the link above will take you directly to the best senior images you’ll find in the world!

Pet Photography

We love pets! And we are the very best at capturing them in all their glory. Check out our pet portraits by clicking the link above.
It’ll be worth it, we promise!

Modern Women Portraits

Modern Women Portraits is a new and growing genré in portrait photography. Of course, the very best photographers in this up and coming trend of modern women photography can be found right here on IPA!
Click the above link to see the talent!


We are all about hard work, practice and excellence. Here at IPA, quarterly contests gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our skill and show off our creative abilities.
The galleries below are filled with our most recent award winning images.

Quarterly Contest Results

Check out the top contenders in our latest quarterly contest by clicking the link above!

Photographer of the Quarter

Want to know who our most winning portrait photographers are in the IPA? Well look no further, because when you click the link above, you’ll see all the nitty gritty right there!

Enter the Current Contest

IPA members click the link above to enter the most recent contest!
Not a member of IPA yet? Well if you’re an outstanding portrait photographer with a stellar reputation, then definitely apply here and try your hand at our contests!

What’s trending in portraits today?

We’re full of some pretty awesome ideas, as it turns out.

Our clients love that we have new and unique products that are exclusive to professional photographers. They feed off of our excitement over bamboo wall mounts real, fine art printed albums.
Joe Rumore, Turn Loose the Art
I love photographing the real moments in the daily lives of families. These unscripted, tender encounters tell an entire story of the family, their dynamics and individual personalities.
Being a boudoir photographer, I am happy that women are finally catching onto this and running with it. It’s provided me with the ability to evolve into more then just pretty boudoir photos to now offering 4 different styles of portraits to my clients. It’s amazing really, women are embracing this.
I love simple, clean black and white square portraits on film cameras.
Ben Chrisman, Chrisman Studios
I found after 10 plus years of doing traditional type family portraits that I was constantly fighting against people to be themselves in front of the camera. Time and time again I was frustrated by parents forcing their kids to be something they are not and or people freezing up in front of the camera. I then realized instead of trying to make a family session look like a documentary shoot I should just make it all documentary. As soon as I started documenting families at their homes on any given normal day I started to capture personalities and images that would never happen during a structured shoot. The result was capturing moments that were true, real, and provided parents the perfect chance to look back on how exactly life was at that particular time. The ability to be able to give my clients moments that only they get to witness was amazing.
Tyler Wirken, Wirken Photo

Reasons the Best Photographers are in IPA

  • SEO boost! Links back to your website and social media on your member profile page, blog listings, contest winnings and more
  • Member profile page designed to show off your big and beautiful portrait images!
  • FREE Contest entries! YES! 5 free entries each quarter every year you’re a member.
  • Targeted Marketing! Here at IPA, we are working hard to make sure clients from your area, and all over the WORLD, can see your content!
  • Rub shoulders with the best of the best in the portrait world!
  • Loads of opportunities to be featured on the blog and receive more link backs to your own site!
  • The fastest response time from Admins you’ll find, that’s a promise! We don’t sleep. Some of us are parents, we gave up sleep ages ago.
  • Exclusive access to IPA’s private Facebook group for networking and talking shop
  • The first to know about upcoming educational opportunities!

Join IPA today. You’re already a beer lover, why the heck not?

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