Photo shoots should be fun, breezy, and most of all, depict subjects as they truly are. With that goal in mind, the photographers of Atxpics take their cameras into the field to shoot families, couples, and solo models with an emphasis on personal comfort and ease. The team regularly brings focus to weddings and other important life moments, capturing them in vivid color and sharp black and white. That also extends to prints, which the team meticulously edits before producing each copy as an individual shot, as part of a calendar, or as a T-shirt that reminds your parents what you look like whenever they look down.
In the curtained-off confines of one of Hill Country Photo Booths? booths, partygoers grin, cross their eyes, and give each other bunny ears?lighthearted displays captured in high-resolution photos. As an LCD screen captures posing partygoers, a technician oversees the booth for the duration of the rental, ensuring that photo strips print properly and ghosts don?t blur images with their ectoplasmic thumbprints. After the revelry, hosts can peruse the event?s shots?in color or black and white?in a personalized event scrapbook or on DVD.
Beyond photo booths, the business rents other audiovisual equipment, such as projectors, screens, or TVs equipped with Wiis or Rock Band. Staffers can even connect hosts with party venues such as Palm Door, a refurbished 1936 cabinetmaker?s shop that adds a touch of old Texas to weddings, much like hiring a horse to officiate.
At one wedding he was commissioned to photograph, Rick encountered an album-destroying problem: the groom and groomsmen were all in the US Secret Service and insisted on not having their pictures taken. Not wanting to sacrifice the party's memories, Rick calmly assured them no one would ever discover their real identities, adjusted his camera's focus, and gathered the men into the frame. Later, as he developed the film, Rick kept his promise and retouched every photo in which the men appeared?by drawing a black censor bar over each of their eyes in permanent marker. Whether shooting events or private portraits, Rick continues to apply that same level of consideration as he documents the personalities of local families and high-school seniors, just as he's done for the past 25 years.
Though trained in lighting and composition as a traditional portrait photographer, Rick prefers to take a candid approach that lets his clients have fun with their sessions and be themselves. He snaps both black and white and vibrant color images, which can be retouched?another passion of his?by seamlessly integrating special effects, enhancing color and contrast, or replacing each subject's face with Benjamin Franklin's. Rick performs on-location sessions exclusively, finding life in backdrops as disparate as the middle of Congress Avenue and docks by the downtown lake, either of which he manipulates within the shutter to properly complement his subjects.