A bride and two of her bridesmaids strike Charlie’s Angels poses, their guns replaced with bouquets, in one image from Justin Hill’s portfolio of artful wedding shots. In another, a child tries on a floor length wedding dress, looking disappointed as its skirt polls on the parquet floor; in a third, a couple’s hands interlace next to Scrabble tiles that spell out “forever.” A proponent of candid shots, Hill nevertheless stylizes his photos with funky locations and unique composition, having a couple pose atop rustic railroad ties, honing in on their locked hands, or cropping out their faces to appease invisible relatives. To ensure smooth shoots, Hill keeps his cell phone with him at all times to answer any questions the couple may have.
With this deal, your successful high school survival specialist will receive the one-on-one attention he or she needs to smile for once and not be so sulky. The titular Patrick will be able to coax from even the most surly schlumper the proud man, woman, or supersomeone they will someday be. The resulting photos capture the personality of the subject in a formal setting. Hand out the 56 wallet-size prints to 56 of your family members, or simply loan out the book of proofs for the neighbors to peruse.
Dan Johnson fell in love with photography using a simple point-and-shoot in high school, toting his lens to summer camp, onto rollercoasters, and through marching-band performances. This love has grown into a successful career as a wedding and portrait photographer—one he pursues with his wife, Jodi, in their spacious Grandville studio. Dan and his team deftly capture senior portraits, snap romantic, lively wedding photographs, and preserve images of babies and newborns for use in embarrassing one's children in front of their future spouses. The pair also creates wholesale prints through their sister company, GoProPrints.com.
The photographers, designers, and programmers at StudioThirty3 combine their skills to build websites and capture magical moments. For events in Grand Rapids or across the globe, their wedding photography and videography services go hand-in-hand with their photo-editing and color-correction skills, which they use to remove the appearance of any blemishes or lingering ghosts. In addition to nuptials, they snap artistic images of nature and landscapes as well as portraiture.
Jessica Christensen has spent much of her decade-long career photographing models prone to unexplained screaming fits—babies. Families in her First Year Baby Club enjoy a year’s worth of quarterly photo sessions, which document their tot’s transformation from a baby to a baby who makes mortgage payments. For subjects with more birthdays under their belts, Christensen captures lifelong connections in vivid, high-contrast shots of parents and children or newlyweds.
Christensen also helps budding photographers to compose their own professional-quality images with hands-on photo courses. Her introductory sessions focus on camera settings for point-and-shoots and DSLRs alike. More advanced workshops explore the shores of Lake Michigan and other outdoor venues, and they frequently involve portraiture practice with live models, rather than the less expressive faces of text-message emoticons.
At Electric Elm Studio, professional photographers Lacey Peacock and Andrew Schimdt apply care and vision while capturing important moments in their clients' lives. Before each session, the photographers meet for a consultation with their clients to discuss desired results and strategy. They then provide their custom photography services during portrait sessions, weddings, graduations, and other family milestones such as baby's first parking ticket. After each shoot, Lacey and Andrew fine tune the images and provide clients with the option to order prints and CDs loaded with digital images.