Forgive Me Not Photos' quick-shooting booths and tents artfully preserve memories during snapshot-worthy shindigs of all kinds. With a photo-booth rental, up to four people can pile into the booth's cozy confines to pose for a series of prop-aided shots. Larger tents accommodate up to a dozen photogenic revelers for mass displays of camaraderie not seen since Benjamin Franklin first invented the hug. Snapshot stations are delivered to events by an attendant who remains onsite to aid patron usage and deal with any machine snafus. Shoots instantly yield two strips of four shots each, and an album of the day’s shots with accompanying comments from the guests can be created the same day. After events conclude, patrons can order a DVD of all the prints and access a catalog of the pictures online, allowing them to order extra copies to stuff into home albums or the hand of the nearest casting agent.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where professional photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a professional, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket or a family heirloom. From a first baby portrait to senior pictures and engagement photos, JCPenney Portraits helps to preserve special family memories to come.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond traditional printed portraits, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution CD, gallery wraps, wall art, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
The 5,100-square-foot studio at Photo Studio Group is a blank canvas upon which a community of visiting and member artists stages their craft. For an hourly rate, photographers can click their shutters at a professional studio backdrop and use lights, backgrounds, and grip equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. A series of workshops bring the ins and outs of the industry into focus, including a class on studio techniques that covers set design, hair and makeup collaboration, and teaching mannequins to hold a pose. Photo foundations workshops focus on topics such as camera equipment and composition, and Photoshop workshops introduce students to the image-enhancing software and other Creative Suite applications. Photo Studio Group also hosts a pro lecture series, where esteemed photographers and designers chat about their techniques in a casual setting.
When customers entrust their cherished family memories to the staff of Priceless Photo Preservation, they are hiring professional archivists who have handled pieces of history at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Smithsonian Institute. Whether working with photos, slides, or home movies, the trio of preservationists employs scanning and cataloging skills honed at the University of Michigan School of Information. Staffers travel to homes for initial consultations, during which customers opt for a basic, deluxe, or legacy restoration package. Advanced processes include everything from image rotation and cropping to uploading images onto shareable websites to photoshopping Winston Churchill into every image.
Craig Breil’s sprawling, 10-acre Stonefield Farm houses the photographer’s studio and serves as inspiration for both his personal and professional work. Having taken up photography at an early age, Craig pursued his passion at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He then traveled through Europe and Asia, freelancing for numerous publications and corporations, including CBS and Philip Morris, before opening up Stonefield Photo. Inside his studio and around the farm’s scenic grounds, Craig snaps portraits of people that couple engaging composition with a touch of humor. His portfolio runs the gamut from artistic, abstract shots of everyday objects to sweeping views of farmland dotted with trees, fences, and forgotten overalls.