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Mar 2021

57 Women Photographers to Watch in 2021

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Meet 57 women making photographs that inspire, engage, and tell the most important stories of all: their own.


57 Women Photographers to Watch in 2021

To honor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we’ve curated a list of phenomenal female photographers. These women are fine artists and wedding photographers, portrait makers and birth storytellers, published creatives and brand-new shooters.

They are a small sampling of the women photographers you should follow in 2021: women with courage, creativity, and a fierce determination to leave their own marks on this wild, wonderful world.

Adina Davis' black and white photo of a young Black child wearing an astronaut helmet.

Photo: Adina Davidson

Adina Davidson

adinadavidsonphotography.com | @adinadavidsonphotography


Adventure Instead's photo of newlyweds hugging in the snow. They're both wearing snow shoes.

Photo: Adventure Instead

Adventure Instead (Maddie Mae, Amber, and Tori)

adventureinstead.com | @adventureinstead


Amber Fouts' photos depict a smiling, mustachioed man selling doughnuts from a kiosk; then a smiling Black woman wearing a white shirt and jeans sitting against a pink studio backdrop.

Photos: Amber Fouts

Amber Fouts

amberfouts.com | @amberfouts


Amy Anaiz's photos depict a pregnant Black woman in a gray studio wearing a sheer black gown; then a photograph of two slim Black models wearing pink lingerie against a tan backdrop.

Photos: Amy Anaiz

Amy Anaiz

amyanaiz.com | @amyanaizphoto


Aneta Lehotska's wedding photo depicts two newlyweds processing up the aisle as their guests shower them with flower petals.

Photo: Aneta Lehotska

Aneta Lehotska

anetalehotska.com@aneta_lehotska


Ara Roselani's portrait of a bride and groom standing on a mossy, fallen log in the middle of a pacific northwest forest.

Photo: Ara Roselani

Ara Roselani

aralani.com | @aralani


Photo: Ashleigh Coleman's photo of a toddler wearing only a diaper, wandering into a corn field

Photo: Ashleigh Coleman

Ashleigh Coleman

ashleighcoleman.com | @ashleighcoleman


Birdee's underwater photograph of a nude woman with flowing red hair. The sun flare spilling into the water looks like the tentacles of a massive jellyfish.

Photo: Birdee

Birdee (Jamie Johnson)

bird.ee | @bird.ee


Photo: Brandi RIchardson's portrait of infant twins shows them bundled in soft cloth atop a barnwood backdrop.

Photo: Brandi Richardson

Brandi Richardson

brandirichardsonphotography.com | @brandirichardsonphotography


Photo: BreAnne Weston's lifestyle image shows a mom in a yellow shirt lifting her toddler daughter into the air as her young sun jumps on the green velvet sofa next to her.

Photo: BreAnne Weston

BreAnne Weston

breannewestonphoto.com | @breanneweston


Photo: Candy Kennedy's documentary portrait shows a young boy sitting in a row of brightly colored chairs against a wood paneled wall. His face is shielded by the open newspaper he's holding. A small black and white dog sits in the chair next to him.

Photo: Candy Kennedy

Candy Kennedy

candykennedy.com | @candykennedy


Photo: Charlotte Ani's in-home lifestyle newborn portrait depicts a mom sitting in a blue chair breastfeeding her infant. Her husband sits on the arm of the chair beside her, and their young son sits opposite his father on a small side table.

Photo: Charlotte Ani

Charlotte Ani Photography (Alexandra)

charlotteaniphotography.com | @charlotteaniphotography


Photo: Christina Karst's moody couple's boudoir portrait shows only an outline of a couple reclining on a white floor as the woman smokes a cigarette.

Photo: Christina Karst

Christina Karst

ckboudoirstories.com | @ckboudoirstories


Website: Collette Fu's pop-up books and photo collages are supported by her travel imagery, like this photo of a man smoking a long pipe as his sits in the doorway of his home in China.

Website: Collette Fu

Colette Fu

colettefu.com | @collette_fu


Photos: Cristin More's newborn portraits show side-by-side the difference a day makes. On the left, the baby lies on a printed sheet and the stub of their imbelical cord is visible. In the right photo, the baby's cord is gone.

Photos: Cristin More

Cristin More

cristinmore.com | @cristin_more


Photo: Diana Frohmueller's in-home lifestyle portrait of a couple depicts them reclining on a large gray sofa. An abstract painting hands on the wall behind them.

Photo: Diana Frohmueller

Diana Frohmueller

dianafrohmueller.com | @diana_frohmueller_photography


Photo: Erin Falkenham's freelens portrait of a young girl with a pixie cut.

Photo: Erin Falkenham

Erin Falkenham

erinfalkenham.com | @erinfalkenham


Photo: Fernweh & Fair's portrait of two Black people sitting close together on a cozy bed, gazing solemnly into the camera.

Photo: Fernweh and Fair

Fernweh and Fair (Tasha Renae)

fernwehandfairphotography.com | @fernwehandfairphoto


Photo: Grace Jicha's portrait of a woman in a blue bikini sitting on a rock at the edge of a lake.

Photo: Grace Jicha

Grace Jicha

gracejicha.com | @gracejichaphoto


Photos: Havanah Hamilton's images depict women in stylish slip dresses posing in the desert under a hot midday sun.

Photos: Havanah Hamilton

Havanah Hamilton

@havanahhamilton


Photos: Haruka Sakaguchi's portrait of an Asian businessman sitting on the sofa in his home.

Photos: Haruka Sakaguchi

Haruka Sakaguchi

harukasakaguchi.com | @hsakag


Photo: Holly Andres's photograph of greyhounds playing with feather pillows in a colorfully decorated room fills with trinkets, figurines, and dolls.

Photo: Holly Andres

Holly Andres

hollyandres.com | @hollyandres


Photo: Intimate Lens Studio's portrait of a woman lying nearly naked on a sofa. The natural light spills across her back and hip as she reclines.

Photo: Intimate Lens Studio

Intimate Lens Studio (Ore Adesina)

intimatelensstudio.com | @intimatelensstudio


Photo: Iridescent Photography's lifestyle branding photograph of a crew of colorfully dressed kids sitting outside a pale blue VW van.

Photo: IRIDESCENT Photography

IRIDESCENT Photography (Nikia Paden)

iridescent-photos.com | @iridescentphotography.htx


Photo: J'aime Davis's double exposure of a young Black girl with braids overlaid by a close-up photograph of a blooming pink rose

Photo: J’aime Davis

J’aime Davis

@jaimedavis365


Photo: Jessie Lane's portrait depicts a multi-racial family hugging and playing outside together.

Photo: Jessie Lane

Jessie Lane

lifeinthejessielane.com | @lifeinthejessielane


Photos: Joni Burtt's natural black and white images showcase children playing intently in a quiet lake.

Photos: Joni Burtt

Joni Burtt

joniburtt.com | @joniburtt


Photo: Kailey Jane's in-home portrait of a mom napping with her newborn baby.

Photo: Kailey Jane

Kailey Jane

kaileyjanephotography.com | @kaileyjanephotography


Website: Kate Bones's photographs are actually GIFs! Visit her website to see her brightly colored portraits come to life.

Website: Kate Bones

Kate Bones

katebones.com | @katebones


Photo: Kate Warren's documentary image of a young, white, blonde woman in a pink hat and jacket. She stands in front of the U.S. Capital holding a sign that says, "Rise up. Resist."

Photo: Kate Warren

Kate Warren

katewarren.co | @gokateshoot


Photo: Kayla Wentzek's nighttime portrait of a couple shows them standing face-to-face in a dark forest with only their headlamps to illuminate the scene.

Photo: Kayla Wentzek

Kayla Wentzek

wentzekphoto.com | @wentzekphoto


Photo: Kendrick Brinson's series depicts late age individuals living their lives in Florida. In this image, only the arm of an elder is seen as they pick oranges.

Photo: Kendrick Brinson

Kendrick Brinson

kendrickbrinson.com | @kendrickbrinson


Photos: LaJoy Cox's portraits of a Lizzo look-alike show the gorgeous woman leaning against a concrete wall as harsh sun illuminates her striking face, burgundy leather dress, and the cocktail she's holding.

Photos: LaJoy Cox

LaJoy Cox

lajoyphotography.com | @lajoyphotographyllc


Photos: Lalla Essaydi's series "Harem" is shot in triptychs, like this 3-part photograph showing an Indian woman reclining in an opulent doorway.

Photos: Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi

lallaessaydi.com | @lallaessaydi


Website: Leeor Wild's photographs feature unexpected angles, bold colors, and thoughtfully careless post-production.

Website: Leeor Wild

Leeor Wild

leeorwild.com | @leeorwild


Photo: Maddie McGarvey's portrait of a woman with flowing grey hair shows her brushing her hair back so it flows below her waist as she looks out at a bright blue sky.

Photo: Maddie McGarvey

Maddie McGarvey

maddiemcgarvey.com | @maddiemcgarvey


Photo: Martine Payne's simple portrait shows a mom in a yellow robe and orange head wrap snuggling her infant baby close as she sits on the edge of a white bed.

Photo: Martine Payne

Martine Payne

martinepayne.com | @martinepaynephotography


Photo: Mecca Gamble's personal branding portrait of a writer shows the woman wearing a red plaid suit over a t-shirt that says, "Writer". She's sitting on a set of concrete steps, holding a coffee cup, and laughing as she looks down toward her white Nikes.

Photo: Mecca Gamble

Mecca Gamble

meccagamble.com | @meccagamble


Photo: Michelle Roller's boudoir portrait of a pink-haired woman wearing a silk and fur robe as she stands on a platform before a large bay window.

Photo: Michelle Roller

Michelle Roller

michelleroller.com | @michellerollerphoto


Photo: Mille Stengaard's portrait of a bride and groom is shot against a plane, grey sky. The couple holds a massive bunch of colorful balloons that hides their faces.

Photo: Mille Stengård

Mille Stengård

millestengaard.dk | @millestengaard


Photo: Min Mohd's moody portrait shows a little boy kissing his mother as they lean into a beam of light.

Photo: Min Mohd

Min Mohd (Siti Aminah Mohd Ramli)

minmohd.com | @minmohd


Website: Natalja Kent's website features her portrait series of photo manipulations called Heliorendering.

Website: Natalja Kent

Natalja Kent

nataljakent.com | @natalja_kent


Photo: Nicole Hamic's live birth photograph is shot from overhead as a mother helps pull her new baby from the womb. Her partner sits supportively behind her in the inflatable tub, and friends and kids surround the couple with love and encouragement.

Photo: Nicole Hamic

Nicole Hamic

nicolehamic.com | @nicole_hamic


Photos: Our Wild Abandon's photograph depict a lone adventurer wandering beneath a starry night sky.

Photos: Our Wild Abandon

Our Wild Abandon (Jill and Kyla)

ourwildabandon.com | @ourwildabandon


Photos: LaJune King's personal branding sessions include photographs of men in suits, women holding cameras, fashionista's reclining on a velvet sofa, and more.

Photos: LaJune King

Photos by LJK (LaJune King)

photosbyljk.com | @photosbyljk


Website: Radka Dolinska's overhead image shows a man potting plants on a patio as his partner reclines on a lounge chair.

Website: Radka Dolinska

Radka Dolinska

radkadolinska.co.uk | @dolinskapics


Photo: Rebecca Kiger's black and white photo of a woman in a bikini standing in her brightly sunlit garden.

Photo: Rebecca Kiger

Rebecca Kiger

rebeccakiger.com | @rebecca_kiger


Website: Rita Kovtun's colorful series shows a woman in a bright blue top and orange pants leaning against a shadowy wall.

Website: Rita Kovtun

Rita Kovtun

ritakovtun.com | @ritakovtun


Photo: River West's black and white portrait of two lovers almost kissing.

Photo: River West

River West

riverwest.co | @rivergwest


Photo: Shefali Parekh's simple, muted portrait of a newborn baby swaddled in a seafoam green cloth as a white fluffy dog rests it's head on the baby's belly.

Photo: Shefali Parekh

Shefali Parekh

shefaliparekh.com | @shefaliparekh


Website: Sheila Pree Bright's series of mourners and protesters holding American flags and begging for the violence against Black people and People of Color to stop.

Website: Sheila Pree Bright

Sheila Pree Bright

sheilapreebright.com | @shepreebright


Photo: Stephanie Foden's dusk portrait of a young man wearing a devil mask.

Photo: Stephanie Foden

Stephanie Foden

stephaniefoden.com | @stephaniefoden


Photos: The Frenchs lifestyle fashion portraits of a young man in a parking garage.

Photos: The Frenchs

The Frenchs (Amanda French)

thefrenchsllc.com | @thefrenchsllc


Photos: Traci Lester's photographs of Black babies, toddlers, and families

Photos: Traci Lester

Traci Photographs (Traci Lester)

@traciphotographs


Photo: Tropico's brightly-colored photographs depict products and people like never before

Photo: Tropico

Tropico Photo (Michelle Norris)

tropicophoto.com | @tropicophoto


Photo: Yasmina Cowan's in-home lifestyle portrait of a dad sitting on a hardwood floor and leaning against a bed as his son reclines in his lap smiling into his face.

Photo: Yasmina Cowan

Yasmina Cowan

yasminacowan.com | @yasminacowan


Website: Yellow Bird Visuals creates stunning photograph series that tell stories and bring moments to life.

Website: Yellow Bird Visuals

Yellow Bird Visuals (Michaella Jelin-Till)

yellowbirdvisuals.com | @yellowbirdvisuals


Written by ANNE SIMONE | Header photo by AIÓNY HAUST

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