Katie Ball of Studio 609 Photography believes that if a picture is worth 1,000 words, a person’s portrait should be priceless. Armed with an artistic eye and a true passion for photography, Katie helps her subjects commemorate the special people, places, and events in their lives with a variety of photography packages. She specializes in wedding photography, individual portraits, and photography for babies and children.
As Jerome Gonia says, he’s always been into “making things look cool.” An artistic type, he’s been illustrating and designing since a kid, and uses his camera as just another tool in achieving awesome visuals. Besides his technical abilities that also include postproduction editing, his ability to put clients at ease during shoots makes for ideal photo ops. It’s a precise process to get the best images, and he strives for perfection during all portrait sessions for families, individuals, and kids. He brings the same approach to weddings and special events, as well.
Since graduating at the top of her class from Milwaukee Area Technical College with an associate’s degree in photography, Amber Pheifer has harnessed her image-capturing know-how in countless in-studio and on-location sessions. Alongside her husband Ryan, who handles Pheifer Photography’s business end, Amy works from a handicapped-accessible in-home studio nestled on the pair’s five-acre property. Within one to two weeks after shoots, Amy reconnects with clients for a viewing session, when they determine which pictures deserve prominence as prints, high-quality digital images, or self-destructing holiday cards for secret agents. Pheifer Photography also immortalizes wedding days with a comprehensive package that begins with separate day-of shots of the bride and groom and continues through the Grand March.
In one photo, a baby sleeps snugly atop an acoustic guitar. In another, two toddlers sport fetching fake mustaches. The shots are characteristic of Clare Rose Photography's work, which isn't shy about imbuing snapshots with a little individuality as long as it doesn't mean Photoshopping your bank account number across your forehead.
Packer City Antiques stocks its aisles with Green Bay Packers memorabilia and keepsakes. Plaques honor team stalwarts, such as Aaron Rodgers and Clay Mathews ($23.95 each), 8"x10" color photos of Packers players ($4.95 each) can be cut down into wallet-size photos showing only the players' eyes, Packers bobbleheads ($19.95 each) agree with anything you tell them, and vintage team yearbooks show which players won "Best Tickler."
Member of the American Society of Photographers, Tracy Van Zeeland draws upon 16 years' worth of camera-wielding wisdom to capture classic snapshots in a fun and casual atmosphere. The photog passes the one-hour session patiently clicking away as children relax and play, producing prints that ensnare the saplings' innate sweetness while sidestepping temper tantrums prompted by puppets speaking ill of that big shot Big Bird. Customers can choose one outfit and one backdrop, so suit up a squirt in their Sunday best and settle them on a white wicker chair, or maroon babes dressed as cubs on a desert island in their sea faring finery. Directly after the film frenzy, pintsize patrons and their parents peruse a deluge of digital prints on a big-screen TV to select the snapshot for their color 8"x10" print, ready in two weeks. Multitudinous clans can have up to three snapshot subjects, with an additional $5 per each child. Tracy also conquers newborn and family portraits, senior pictures, and more.