Billy Dickson and the photographers at Just Shoot Me Photography specialize in chronicling two of the most memorable times in life: the emotion and excitement of a wedding day and the wonder at the introduction of a newborn. During weddings, the team captures the big moments—the march down the aisle, the first dance—but they also spy subtle moments that evoke the mood of the day: a ring gleaming on a side table as the bride gets ready, or a close-up of a bridesmaid's hands as she clutches a bouquet of flowers.
The team also shines working around infants, often photographing babies as young as 4–14 days old. They adore shots in which parents cradle their newborns in their hands, a pose which puts the tiny size of the mini models in perspective. Brothers and sisters can join in these portraits, too, stepping off to the side to play a Nintendo 64 game console or discuss how to convince their parents to name their new sibling "Ludwig van Baby" when it's not their turn in the spotlight anymore.
At Maria & CO., professional photographer Maria Mitchell captures weddings, graduations, and portraits for all occasions with an eye for aesthetic grace. Mitchell photographs her subjects outdoors in natural settings with natural lighting or in the comfort of her studio.
Natural light is what gives Pretty Lil' Prints' portfolio its distinctive look, from the halo of sunlight captured in a girl's hair to the deepening shadows on the sphinx replica in Las Vegas. The studio's pictures straddle the line between naturalistic and modern, whether shot in a hollow of a rock outcropping or beneath a city skyline. Each photo includes a retouching service, which ensures that shots return free of blemishes and would-be photo bombers.