Trent Grasse understands that in his photo shoots, he is the constant and his subjects are the variable. Because of this, he lets his subjects guide each shoot. Clients not only determine the location of their shoot, but they regulate the pace and mood of the day's adventure. Two weeks after most sessions, subjects come to Trent's studio to view the pictures and create a custom package of their favorite images to share with family or to win favor with stubborn parking meters.
From the moment he began snapping shots for his high school's yearbook, Scott never stopped. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he honed his craft at several Anchorage studios before opening Fitzgerald Photography in 2000. He took amateur shutterbug Alicia under his wing, teaching her all his behind-the-lens tricks. As their business blossomed, so did their romance; the two married in 2005.
Together, they capture portraits of families, seniors, newborns, expectant moms, and wedding guests. Scott and Alicia build each snapshot around candid interactions between kin rather than forced poses. Though they have a studio for digitally tweaking images, printing, and shooting, they also like to take full advantage of Alaska's beautiful topography. During on-location shoots, their lenses capture subjects framed against mountain landscapes, posed along woodland trails, or throwing fistfuls of butterflies into tranquil creeks.
Founded with the objective of simplifying the often overcomplicated art of digital photography, fotoscool employs a team of seasoned instructors—each a longtime professional with a celebrated career—to guide photography students through seminars and workshops held across the country. Keeping their overarching objective of simple-yet-entertaining instruction in mind, savvy teachers design each session to get participants on their feet with hands-on activities such as interactive exercises, on-location shoots in scenic locales, and bonding human-camera trust falls. In an effort to branch out of the classroom, fotoscool also periodically hosts tours that ferry photo enthusiasts to scenic far-flung locales for extended shooting lectures and on-site experience.
Buzzbizz Studios founder Michael Buzinski brings 25 years in the entertainment industry, as well as 23 years of marketing experience to lead a full team of media production professionals as they develop marketing campaigns and produce media for businesses, entrepreneurs, and marketing professionals. They perform more than 85% off the production in-house, with services ranging from graphic and web design to audio production, video production, and full-color print services for items such as brochures and posters. The company can also assist families and businesses with audio clean up and audio and video conversion services, creating DVDs out of footage pulled from antiquated formats such as reel-to-reel tape, VHS, or cartoon flipbooks.
The shutterbug duo of Sweet Action Photography likes to keep all photo sessions light and fun. That way, clients loosen up and let their personalities shine through during portrait shoots for families, couples, kids, and newborns. While the mood is laid-back, the photographers come to each session with a photojournalistic approach, professionally capturing those personalities, emotions, and moments in crisply composed images. Weddings and special events such as military balls are also within their vast scope of skills.
The head photographer at LRK Studios draws on her experience as a model when constructing comfortable photo shoots for her clients. Held in-studio or at an offsite location that holds special significance to the client, shoots can capture the beauty of a pregnant belly, the bond between engaged couples or newlyweds, or the fuzzy heads of newborn babies unobstructed by the toupees they usually wear. Alternatively, clients can don lingerie or pose for tasteful nude shots during boudoir sessions that aim to capture their sensual side.