After 13 years of photographing landscapes as a hobby, Darci Amundson attended a pin-up-themed group photography event at an old gas station. From then on, she told examiner.com, she forsook sceneries in favor of human subjects, building a career around boudoir, high school senior, and family portraits. She beautifies clients with professional makeup before setting up sultry pin-up images, frames students at up two locations in up to eight outfits, and captures families at their favorite locales, such as the backyard tree house where the neighborhood model UN meets. Darci combines the spontaneous look of photojournalism with her meticulously planned compositions, lighting, and poses.
The photographers at Picture It Studios are ready for anything. Their two fully equipped camera rooms hold the props and backdrops necessary to inspire imaginations, whether a client is wishing to capture the state of their family that year or give their toddler a sea-worthy look. Yet the image-makers don't let those walls limit them. They also tote their digital equipment to special locations, including the Aurora Reservoir and Lincoln Park, to capture groups in the natural light. Apart from family shots, Picture It Studios' photographers also use their lenses and digital retouching to find the glamor in engaged couples, graduating seniors, and pet fish, letting subjects post their poses online with digital images customized for Facebook.
Shoppers at Southlands can take a break by taking a turn on this icy outdoor skating rink. Families and friends can lace up rented hockey or figure skates, then take to the ice to enjoy the crisp, cold air as they practice spins and backward maneuvers or fine-tune impersonations of a baby deer learning to walk.