Brian Masserman shot his first wedding at 15, armed with a Kodak Instamatic. Though it wracked his nerves to wait a week for his photos to develop, he knew he'd found a calling. A member of the Professional Photographers of America for more than 20 years, he now captures special occasions and intimate moments after consultations in which he tailors his photographic style to his customers’ needs, following his personal mantra: "There is no such thing as a perfect photograph, but there are such things as perfect moments."
During the more than 600 weddings they've photographed, Brian and his two staffers have varied their approach, sometimes snapping candid pictures of revelers and other times relying on a more journalistic feel. His skills stretch to include family portraiture and commercial work, and his senior portraits crackle in black and white, color, or mixtures of the two. After photo-shoots, he employs a keen sense of design to help customers to decide their print style, and even travels to their homes to find a place to hang their prints.
Brian always seeks to develop concrete relationships with customers and has even chronicled the milestones of one client from her bat mitzvah to her wedding day. To share his expertise, he hosts intensive workshops in which he drills students in camera settings, composition, and abbreviated editing techniques. He and his staff believe in the visual power of physical prints and frame and restore photos and love letters written on cheeseburger wrappers. They also print photographic images onto more eclectic material such as canvas, wood, and aluminum.
Kreativ Imaging proudly brandishes a 2010 Best Of badge from The Knot—the comprehensive wedding-preparation network as well as membership to both the Professional Photographer's Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Its team of lens specialists demonstrates professionalism and technical expertise during each photo shoot and work to infuse shoots with artistic vision by taking advantage of creative angles. Afterward, patrons receive instant access to review and order photos from an online display database. In addition to wedding, business, and graduation photo packages, Kreativ Imaging provides videography and graphic-design services, as well as photo retouching, which can enhance snapshot clarity and minimize the presence of scene-stealing apparitions.
Flashbulb-popping pair Kris and Dennis Hagenwald hauls more than 50 years of experience to every shoot. Well-rounded in their craft, the Hagenwalds pluck passing moments from all sorts of special events, including weddings. They also capture portraits of high school seniors, babies, and entire families.
Professional shutterbug Jen Carlynn calls upon eight years of professional experience to capture love in bloom with two-hour engagement photo sessions and snaps shots of smiling duos during 30-minute in-studio shoots. During outdoor, on-location engagement shoots, Jen fosters a comfortable, welcoming environment for pre-newlyweds as they gaze adoringly into each other's eyes, hold hands, or finish each other's sneezes on film. Black-and-white photo shoots for couples celebrate paired-up patrons of all stripes, from young sweethearts to partners celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Parents may also partake in the in-studio shoot with a child, provided their progeny is older than the age of 12, can sit through a 30-minute session, and isn't a wooden puppet brought to life by energy drinks.
Photographer Steve Dean—whose wedding photography has graced the cover of Lansing City Limits magazine—brings out clients' unique personalities in striking, personal photographs. Portraits of individuals, high-school seniors and kids capture fleeting moments in time. Professional acting and modeling headshots highlight charisma and charm, and glamour-and-boudoir photo shoots draw out clients’ sensual sides. Dean expertly retouches finished photographs to remove blemishes or shrink down surrounding buildings so that clients can pretend to be giants.
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.