The Flasher Photobooth’s rentals supply up to four hours of photo-taking entertainment at birthdays, reunions, weddings, and all special events. Adorned in props such as fake mustaches and feather boas, groups gather before colorful backgrounds and snap off shot after shot, which are later vieable through an online gallery. Their booths also come with an attendant to set up and run the equipment throughout the occasion.
In the more than 25 years Jim Earls has spent behind the lens, he has photographed over 1,500 weddings and countless families, high-school graduates, and children. A former president of the Arizona Professional Photographers Association, Earl also uses his portrait-snapping prowess to teach digital-photography classes. Beginners’ sessions instruct students on how to create quality images by manipulating camera settings, exposure, natural light, and flash. Alternatively, classes on computer and camera functions give step-by-step instruction on how to navigate cameras and upload images that can be edited, printed out, and used to wallpaper a bathroom. Earls leads both indoor and outdoor photography shoots, which help students become more versatile photographers by working among studio settings as well as natural backdrops.
Justine Miller has always done her best to preserve memories. As a young girl, she would watch the Christmas lights on neighbors' houses, blinking hard to hold onto the festive images and etch them into her mind. Today, she still does her best to capture the magic that happens in everyday life. Instead of using expensive lighting equipment or posing her subjects in elaborate scenes, she shoots outside in the natural light and encourages her clients to act naturally so she can capture their real emotions. That may explain why some of her favorite photo subjects are people at their happiest: brides on their wedding day, children at play, newborn babies, and adults lounging in extra-large diapers. Though she prefers to hold sessions outside, she does schedule studio sessions for clients upon request. After a session, she performs light editing on frames before posting them in an online gallery, which clients can peruse to select the images they’d like to print.
An incomplete list of things that come in pairs: socks, Twix bars, earlobes, Jason Burton and Chris Knitter. Photographers Jason and Chris are the co-owners of Midspace Photography, and when clients book a shoot from Midspace, they get both of them. The duo prefers to take photographs together to add camera angles and creativity to shoots, as well as to safeguard against equipment failure. Both have several years of experience in snapping portraits of families as well as children, who can be tough to photograph because of their naturally red eyes. They also specialize in fast turnaround times—edited images and prints are usually available within 48 hours.
At first, Connie and Steve's courtship involved talking on the phone into the wee hours of the morning. But unlike most lovebirds, they'd talk about photography and photo-editing programs. This shared passion eventually led them to open CWLIFE Photography, allowing them to team up to photograph everything from weddings to business headshots to pet portraits. During photo sessions, Connie and Steve blend their own unique styles to produce images from multiple angles and a variety of perspectives. The pair snaps images on location or in their 800-square-foot private studio with artistic open beams. Though they still stay up into the wee hours of the morning talking about photography, the Nikon-toting duo continues to evolve their photo-taking abilities by attending educational workshops at least once a year.
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.