Shutter enthusiast Gwen Martin revels in encapsulating the genuine personalities and tangible moments of a wide variety of subjects and backdrops. Families and children particularly thrive in front of her keen eye, and her extensive experience includes senior portraits, pets, weddings, and pet weddings. The 30-minute photo session is tailored to your say-cheese needs and takes place in the conveniently located studio or at the location of your choice within a 20-mile radius of the studio. After the completed session, picture subjects receive an 8”x10” photo plus 30% off additional prints — 5"x7" stills are $16 and 8”x10” renderings are $35.
A mother of six, Tiffanie Lloyd developed her photographic skills by taking pictures of each of her young ones. This hobby soon developed into Tiffanie Lloyd Photography, where Tiffanie uses her expert eye to snap shots of other people's newborns and children. Though happy to use props, Tiffanie mostly eschews bells and whistles at her on-location or in-studio sessions, preferring to capture childhood innocence with straightforward compositions. To preserve her client's favorite images, she offers a slew of products, from prints and framed wall portraits to photo coasters and stickers. Along with paid work, Tiffanie lends her talents to numerous charitable causes, such as taking free photographs of high-school seniors in foster care.
The professionals at Kliks Photography specialize in a wide range of traditional and artistic photography. During each shoot, photographer Audree exacts professional expertise, which she has honed over her studio's 16 years in business. Audree works to create poses that complement individuals' features and show off their abilities to balance on one earlobe. Kliks Photography captures spontaneous moments of families and kids in both individual and group settings, and also specializes in boudoir shoots, high school senior photography, and business photography.
All About Pictures’ inventory encompasses a vast collection of card-making and scrapbooking supplies selected by brother-and-sister team Richard Kells-Pitlik and Diane Pitlik. Specialized paper in a spectrum of hues and textbook of textures ($0.79–$2.59) showcases family photos, tissues of sentimental value, and other lovingly flattened keepsakes.
Flowers ($1.99+), ribbon ($0.50+), stickers ($1.99+) and other embellishments enhance pastiche pages. Heighten a project’s style with texture and design using Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders ($4.99–$9.99), or by gluing it to a ceiling fan with a range of specialized adhesives ($4.99–$9.99).
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
The walls of Rage Grafix's show room sport a rainbow of sweatshirts, T-shirts, and hats lines, each proudly displaying the emblems of local high schools and the Iowa Hawkeyes. The bevy of memorabilia and casual apparel—available in sizes from infant to 6XL adult to XS klingon—flaunts the university's iconic black-and-gold color scheme alongside logos of area school teams, including the City High Little Hawks, the West High Trojans, the Solon Spartans, and the Clear Creek-Amana Clippers. Staffers also man an onsite screenprinting-and-embroidery facility, where they forge custom signs, business cards, and clothing for clubs and events such as bar crawls, tailgating, and pickup games of duck, duck, goose.
An online photo center specializing in collegiate branding, College Fan Photo invites spirit stars to submerge their personal photos in the licensed marks and templates of their favorite university teams. Choose from a range of rally-ready products, including the popular 12-month calendar ($29.99+), which lets you upload a dozen pictures of your mom's best tailgating recipes or your ill-advised attempt to streak during the game. Morning joe tastes better with a picture of your friend Joe's face emblazoned on the coffee mug ($14.99+), each fresh dimple framed by the Hawkeyes or Panthers logo and font. Peruse a winding roster of other fun finds, from frosted steins ($29.99) to four-packs of happy-faced coasters ($24.99) that prevent wooden tables from suffering season-ending injuries.
David Greedy’s keen ocular touch inspires his essence-encapsulation quests in the service of publications, wedding parties, portrait subjects, and corporate groups. Clients choose a comfortable lenticular rendezvous location, with settings including David's own Coralville studio, their home, a neighborhood park, the inside of a Norman Rockwell painting, or any area within 15 miles of Coralville. During each shoot, Greedy moves unobtrusively through the background, clicking and capturing expansive personalities and grand auras in microcosm. Sessions (a $150 value for one hour) also include multiple wardrobe shifts to complement subjects’ thousand-word poses. Post-snapshots, digital daguerreotype slideshows appear online with distinct URLs for viewing and sharing between subjects and their chosen beholders.
Over a career that spans more than 20 years, owner and photographer Michael Ask has captured key moments in clients’ lives with striking, professional portraits of families, couples, children, and high-school seniors. Michael’s experience gives him the confidence to offer a “no nonsense” 100% guarantee—if customers do not like their finished portraits, Heartscape Studio will refund their money—and pay them an additional $20 for their trouble.He creates what he calls a "journey" for his clients by beginning every portrait session with a complimentary ideas consultation to review the client's hope for the shoot. Michael also advises clients on the most effective clothes and locations for their photo sessions, considering factors such as lighting, color, and whether portraits will be used as cover art for forthcoming Bjork albums. He is able to place his subjects at ease during the actual shoot, and he carefully retouches images to make his clients look their absolute best.
The shutterbugs at Moonfire Photography capture any subject in a flattering light. From high-school seniors strumming the guitar to dogs lolling in the sun, each Moonfire portrait evokes the individual personalities of the people, animals, and landscapes that fill its frame. The photography crew moves seamlessly from the artificial light of the studio to sun-drenched swathes of grass when snapping shots of families, kids, or Loch Ness monsters ready to come to terms with their fame. Postshoot, Moonfire readies photo albums and meat-locker doors by printing shots in a variety of sizes.
Some amateur shutterbugs spend years building a portfolio, shopping around their work, and praying to the Norse god of f-stops, but Cedar Rapids photographer Sherrie Busch’s pictures did all the work for her. It started with her simply doing what many moms do: taking photos of her newborn baby. Once her family and friends caught a glimpse, however, they were beating down her door to take their photos as well. She specializes in on-location work, whether it’s for high-school seniors, families, engagements, newborn babies, or children.
Signature Service: Photography
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Nikon camera and lenses; Adobe Photoshop
The classic family photo: it's a classic for a reason. Sharp detail, vivid colors, and an aesthetically pleasing composition—these are the makings of a classic image, and the kind of clean presentation Jamie of Suiter Photography aims to capture for her clients. After shoots, Jamie puts her editing skills to use producing flawlessly finished pictures perfect for framing and hanging anywhere. A whiz at manipulating natural light, she captures classic images during on-location shoots for families, newborns, moms-to-be, and couples. Alluring and classy boudoir photo shoots are also in her repertoire.
The shutterbugs at Bluenote Photography see themselves as storytellers and their photos as a chance to relive life’s major moments. In addition to everyday family- and senior-portrait sessions, they aim to artfully capture the emotions at weddings, parties, and engagements. To help amateurs snap better photos on their own, they share their expertise during public and private classes. In these sessions, they cover both basic and advanced photography theory and demonstrate how to “paint with light” no matter the device, including iPhones, point-and-shoot, and DSLR cameras.
The sharp-eyed shutterbugs at Flash Digital Portraits take a timely and convenient approach to photography, but they never skimp on creativity. Inside their studios, flash bulbs pop as the photographer captures grins from a wide range of subjects including infants, high-school seniors, and entire families. To further personalize sessions, clients can choose from a variety of props and plenty of colorful backgrounds. They can even bring special items and mementos from home such as a favorite stuffed animal or a birthday cake. After the shutters snap for the final time, Flash Portraits’ photo technicians get to work on customizing the results, outfitting collages with unique borders and other enhancements.