Shutterbug Michael Spangler, owner of Expressions Photography of Central, has been snapping photos professionally since 1986. His skills earned him stints as president of the Louisiana Professional Photographers Association and the Capital City Professional Photographers Guild. Today, he crafts portraits and senior photos both inside his studio and amid natural surroundings. His sophisticated, black-and-white portraits occasionally include pops of color to highlight a red car, a pink tutu, or a bad case of the blues. In his color photos, Michael runs the gamut between heavy saturation and subdued, desaturated hues to highlight his subject's dynamic poses.
While chronicling weddings, he draws on 26 years of experience as he alternates between traditional poses and candid shots. Michael also transforms sports photos into memorabilia such as custom composites, trading cards, and magnets. When he isn't capturing still images, he professionally records concerts and recitals on video.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
At Bella Blu Photography, a professional photosmith with seven years of experience captures life’s narratives during on-location or in-studio shoots and compresses them into print and digital heirlooms. During the 30-minute photo shoot, the photographer walks up to five people through various poses and backdrops in order to supply local newspapers with photographic proof of human existence. After the shoot, subjects select their preferred shots, and the photographer downloads a favorite pose onto linen prints. She then places 10 different poses onto a CD, with which clients may print images or slice bagels.
Since 1973, photographic artists at Barnes Portraiture have created adorable images of toddlers and babies, memorable family photos, and stunning senior portraits. Children dress up in old-timey football and baseball uniforms and tutus, families grin together while gathered around an artfully fallen log, and students wear their finest duds or band or sports uniforms, ready to be immortalized in yearbooks.
Signature service: Portrait (individual & family) & Boudoir
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Canon
Pro Tip: Drink plenty of water, relax, and come prepared to have fun all while creating memoriable photos.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
I am very laid back and easy going. I like to make sure my clients are having fun while working with me. If they're having fun it will show in the end product.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I first developed a passion for photography in 2004 while I was living in the Bay Area in California. I started out doing amateur modeling. It was ok, but my interest was really in being behind the camera directing others. I wanted to take my ideas and produce stunning images.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The fact that I offer Boudoir sessions; and they are amazed at my style of editing. I keep the customer looking natural while still removing flaws. I never "over edit" and make the clients look different or "unnatural".
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The most amazing part of my job is that when I am no longer physically here on this earth, I will still live on through my work. My work will be here forever either on the internet, hanging in someone's home, or tucked away in a photo albulm.