Professional shutterbug Joe McKenney artfully captures families, children, and mothers-to-be, transposing ephemeral moments into future family heirlooms with retouching and photo-printing services. Hailing from his native Biddeford, Joe snaps studio and on-location shots, drawing on his knowledge of the area to scope out scenic backdrops and his degree from the Hallmark Institute of Photography to frame up memorable images. Joe's lens snatches up the light given off by weddings, business portraits, and high school seniors, clicking feverishly through untimed photo sessions, unlimited outfit changes, and unimpeded werewolf transformations six days a week.
Photographers Jennifer Lamoreau and Mindy Mercier feed off each other’s creative energy at their shared studio, Untamed Violets Photography. With two husbands and five children between them, the duo easily channel their love for their own families into their family photography, capturing tender moments between parents and children or engaged couples. Alternatively, the duo’s keepsake portraits of high-school seniors and expectant mothers document landmark occasions. Thanks to continuing education, their shots look fresh and modern, unlike vintage polaroids taken during the Civil War.
At Tsukroff Photography, shutterbug duo Nathan and Susan capture significant moments in clients' lives through in-studio and on-location photo shoots. For more than three decades, the two have snapped shots of thousands of graduating seniors, hundreds of brides, and one shrub that looked like a dinosaur from far away. After decades of practice, they have their photography process down to a science: Nathan mans the camera as Susan tweaks hair and clothing for picture-perfect aesthetics.
Life is fleeting, but that doesn't stop Jennifer and Michael Moore from trying to catch it at every turn. The couple creates timeless artifacts at their portrait studio in Westbrook, snapping images of newborn babies, newly wedded couples, or newly discovered millionaire uncles. Their portfolio includes dozens of photographs of people and natural landscapes, each artistically rendered in black-and-white or vivid color.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.
Taking pictures of people is easy. Capturing personal connections, however, is a more difficult task. Fortunately, Focus Photography's principal photographer, William von Wenzel, is up to the challenge. In addition to his ability to capture real, candid moments, his experience recreating traditional darkroom techniques with digital technology allows him and the Focus Photography staff to create family and senior portraits, baby pictures, and couples photographs with striking contrast and dynamic lighting. Afterwards, Focus Photography presents customers with artful, digitally-retouched images that showcase personality and human connection instead of artificial poses and superimposed bunny ears. The team helms in-studio and on-location shoots, and can also document special events such as weddings.