Deborah offers Editorial Portraiture for Individuals and families, the H.S. Senior Experience, Surprise Proposals and Special Events
I’ve been a professional photographer for over 3 decades. While living in the Colorado mountains for 15 years, and taking photo courses I launched my career as a photojournalist at a weekly newspaper, the Fairplay Flume.
In ’87, I attended the Ansel Adams Workshop and learned from some of the “greats” including John Sexton, Chris Rainier and Morley Baer. I was so inspired, I hung up my skis and moved to Santa Barbara where I was accepted to Brooks Institute of Photography. Graduating in ’91, I made the big move to S.F. After assisting 2 years, I launched my studio and developed a successful business in commercial and catalog photography for 16 years in downtown S.F.
Forced to move when my building was converted to high tech offices in 2012, I relocated my business to Marin County where I lived for over 24 years.
I’ve recently moved to Contra Costa County and live in the historic town of Martinez. I now offer a fresh and fun experience with high school seniors and family portraits on location.
“I capture the depth of my subjects and their passion in telling their stories through the lens of my camera.  I call this “Outdoor Lifestyle Moments.” “


  • 5 CD covers, 1 book cover
  • Fairfax Gallery – ‘Essence of  Woman’ show
  • Open Studios – SF – ‘Essence of  Woman’ show
  • ‘I Love My Body Now’ project ’81 to present
  • Mercy Terrace Residence Home SF – ’65 and After’ portraits show
  • Brooks Institute of Photography, ’91 BA
  • Colorado Press Assoc. Award
  • Photojournalist – Park County Republican/Fairplay Flume newspaper
portrait photography, self portrait


taken from Goggle My Business

Lydia L

Deborah has done head shots for me through the years. They have always been great. She is able to capture my personality while still looking professional. She is fun to work with and is a pro.

Jacob R

If you are looking to capture the memory, the moment, the best look I highly recommend Deborah Welsh.
She photographed my family and kept my grandson amused and captured the smiles when they showed up.
She knows her stuff and was worth every penny. Every time I look at the pics I am reminded of how special that moment was, thanks Deborah!

Barbara G

Deb’s photography is amazing! She catches the true essence of every situation and setting. I highly recommend her for any type of photography assignment. You won’t be disappointed!

Tom B

Deborah had suggested a photo of my dog Rufus and me together, as he was getting up there in years. Her studio at the time was across the street from my home. I did a walk-in and there was a window between appointments for our “head shot. “Because of Deborah I have a great, professional and valued portrait of a lasting memory of my “best friend”, Rufus the schipperke! Thanks Deborah!

Chris S

Deborah has great technical expertise, a very good eye and an artistic quality that makes her subjects come to life. I strongly recommend her for any photographic needs you may have.

Leslie G

I love the portrait that Deborah took of me in a tree; the photograph brought out a photogenic side of me that I had never seen before. Deborah is great to work with I love all of her ideas and new ways of making me look fabulous!

Claudia B

Deborah is a passionate, perceptive and creative photographer. She aims to deliver what you will appreciate. She is amongst the best photographers in the SF Bay Area.

Jonathon W

Deborah took some business headshot photographs for me recently. The process was extremely smooth. She took a few dozen photos in a couple of poses and they came out looking very professional. I would not hesitate to return.

Ilene P

Deborah has designed and photographed my holiday cards for the past four years. She is extremely talented, capturing my personality and style with ease. The reactions from my friends and family are positive usually resulting in a phone call from them! Comments like: “Who took that picture?” “Amazing” and “You never looked so good!” Mission accomplished! Looking forward to a continued experience!

Cynthia G

When it comes to a classic headshot, which is yearly for me in my business, call Deborah Welsh Photography Fabulous sitting for her and great captures were the outcome. As a professional, Deborah knows what the agents and pros are looking for. And with her encouragement and positive reinforcement behind the camera, got great results with a bit of coaching from her behind the lens. Quick turnaround with proofs and even quicker with the hi-res photos needed under the pressure of ASAP.

I’ve also engaged her services for events that I produce, capturing the smiles, backdrops and essence of the entertainers I work with. For your next event, I’d go with Deborah to ensure your efforts are captured, for all to enjoy.

I was so impressed over the past few years, I keep going back. We know there are many lens crafters out there pitching for business. I recommend Ms. Welsh with 5 stars plus.