Shelly Ivy's parents probably figured they were indulging a passing phase when they bought their 8-year-old daughter a blue camera with a flash bulb. As it turns out, that gift steered Shelly toward a career in photography that fully manifested when she opened Ivy Studios Photography with her husband Brandon. The duo specializes in wedding and portrait photography, and their work regularly graces Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice awards. Sharing a fondness for rock 'n' roll, they bring an enthusiastic energy to their clients' photo shoots, which commemorate occasions ranging from happy nuptials and momentous graduations to the fire walk that closes out every family reunion. When they're not focusing lenses on brides or setting up surveillance on ring bearers, the pair stages introductory and advanced photography classes that help students fluently maneuver around their digital cameras.
It was 1969 when Steve Nissle took his first professional photograph. Over the next four decades, Mr. Nissle would win awards, achieve accreditation as a Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers Association of America, and relocate to an Arizona-based studio, which he named Nissle Fine Art Photography.
Today, he continues to capture memorable moments between engaged couples, families, and other subjects. Depending on the client's personality and preferences, he might shoot inside the studio, venture outside to his onsite garden and park, or travel to scenic desert locales, including Superstition Mountain and the pile of broken mirrors next to Superstition Mountain. Steve works alongside his son, Nolan, who has been following in his father's footsteps for more than 12 years.
El Mar Diving Center, an SSI and TDI dive center that started in 1963, serves as a divers' oasis amid the dry Mesa terrain. The center's seasoned staff lead an array of courses, teaching beginners the ropes in the Junior Open Water Diver class and helping more experienced divers hone their skills in Solo Diver sessions. They also lead speciality classes such as Night and Limited Visibility Diver and Wreck Diver, in which adventurers learn which treasure is safe and which is lorded over by pirate ghosts. In addition to heated pools, high-tech equipment, and other essential learning tools, the center's affiliate school in San Carlos, Mexico boasts a 36-foot boat that hosts exploration dives in the Sea of Cortez.
Larry Rubino focuses 25 years of professional experience through his camera lense as he snaps planned and candid portraits that reveal each subject's uniqueness. During 60-minute photo shoots, up to 10 models can strike poses together at a memorable location of choice, such as the site of a family reunion or the spontaneous combustion of an uncle. Larry then deftly edits each snapshot before hosting perfected portraits on a private online gallery, and clients recieve three larger prints to decorate blank walls or mantels and eight wallet-size prints to adorn pocket billfolds. Larry Rubino has captured the likeness of many celebrities throughout his nine-year tenure at New York's Friar Club, as well as high-profile commercial superstars such as Johnson & Johnson, BMW, and Duff Beer.
Marvelously Made Photography's expert image-crafter creates angelic photos of expectant mothers and newborn babes in comfortable, relaxed photo shoots. Perfect for new or soon-to-be parents or as an alternative to staid shower gifts such as baby polish, the sessions take place at the home of head photographer Kathy Smith, whose living room transforms into a memory-capturing photo studio with the help of equipment such as a black background and photographic lighting. Smith is sure to set aside enough time to ensure enough time for babies to forget their work-related stress and relax into placid, picture-taking moods.