Lori Mason can trace her shutterbug streak back to her grandparents, who ran Smith Studios in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. When clients asked for Lester Smith for color portraits, Lester's wife, Annette, would carefully enhance each photo with color by hand. Growing up looking at her grandparents' hand-colored photos, Lori developed an interest in photography that blossomed into a career when she armed herself with a Canon 7D and a photography certification from the University of South Florida. Lori's clients range from expectant mothers to graduating high-school seniors; a particular specialty is newborns as young as 1 week old, whose beaks often haven’t even fallen off yet.
At Life and Legacy Media, photographers document family moments or take expressive headshots during professional photo shoots. Founded by Thomas Rankins Jr. and Brandy "BrandyWine" Rankins, a multitalented couple that juggles music, speaking, and advocacy careers, the studio also provides videography and graphic-design services.
While crafting 3-D computer models as an architect, Genesis Inman realized that she enjoyed the artistic aspect of her career far more than the basics of construction. She began to delve into this love of creating beauty during her maternity leave, experimenting with photography and eventually turning that side interest into a full-time endeavor. These days, Inman searches deep within her camera for inspiring images of nature, heartwarming pictures of families, and personal yet professional portraits for businesses. She specializes in fashioning themed compositions for children, snatching up youth's precious, fleeting moments before they're marred by facial hair.
Though she’s always loved photography, Christa Hovey’s passionate involvement with the art form really took off after the birth of her twin daughters. She chronicled their developing personalities and memorable moments with her camera, eventually deciding that she wanted to offer the same service to other families. And so began Double The Love Photography, where she captures clients’ candid emotions and true characters through varied photo sessions. In addition to shooting family and child portraits with skill, she memorializes special events, such as weddings, engagements, and puppy proms.
A soft focus surrounds the subjects in Love Photography's images, lending warmness to a close-up of a bride wearing her veil and dreaminess to a sultry couple posing together in a boudoir session. During these shoots, Love Photography’s team of photographers makes subjects feel at ease by scheduling complimentary consultations before the shutter even starts snapping. Like William Tell shooting an apple off his son’s head, the staff believes that practice makes perfect, and they’ve been practicing their photographic aim during weddings, family portrait sessions, and kids’ photo shoots since the studio opened in 1970.
At 12 years old, when most little girls fall in love with horses or boy bands, Brittany Moyer fell for the click of a shutter. Her passion didn't wane over the years, and at 17, she began snapping shots professionally. Since then, she has studied at Bowling Green University and immortalized a number of events and milestones. The wunderkind specializes in portraits of seniors, families, babies, engaged couples, and bands. Her shoots are held on-location and capture both candid and posed images. Afterward, Brittany preserves her clients favorite black-and-white or color pictures with products such as high-quality prints and high-resolution images on CD.