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.
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.
A professional sports photographer, Laura Clouse's father never missed an opportunity to pass on his shutter-snapping skills to his daughter. Today, Laura draws on her father's lessons and her youth in the photogenic surroundings of southern California to helm her own professional on-location shoots, producing both digital and tangible prints.
Laura gravitates towards the organic, relying on natural lighting and candid shots to produce genuine, unaffected images devoid of fake poses and digitally inserted Hulk Hogan arms. Spontaneous pictures that capture real emotion, such as the adoration of mothers towards their infant or the unbridled love between newly engaged couples, make up most of her portfolio.
Cameraman Donald Adiska helmed A Pair of Photographers studio in Ann Arbor before founding his own venture, Ovation Photographics. He now works independently to coax tender poses from engaged couples, snap sleek corporate portraits, and capture children's inner spirit, playfulness, and existential conflict. To honor models’ visions of their keepsake shots, Donald totes his lens to diverse locales, conducting shoots in homes and at cherished outdoor locations such as Mill Pond Park and downtown Ann Arbor. After snapping poses, he uploads images to an online gallery, where clients select the shots with which to decorate their mantels or wallpaper their living rooms.