“We don’t get to stage the moments that mean the most to us in life,” Jannette Oliva of ArtLife Studios says on her website. “The best ones are the moments that were least expected.” With that as her guiding principle, she captures couples and families in candid moments rife with real emotion, acting more like a photojournalist than a portraitist. A believer in the power of images from a young age, Jannette followed her passion through high school, eventually graduating from Florida International University. With the winds of success in her sails and the urban landscape of Miami as her backdrop, she encourages her clients to have fun while she takes high-resolution shots of kisses, hugs, and familial half nelsons. During each shoot, she adeptly uses natural lighting, holding most of her sessions in the morning or evening in order to make use of the flattering, romantic, gauzy light that results from the sun’s flirtation with the horizon. Back in her studio, she deftly edits photos, smoothing out skin blemishes and correcting color.