Simple, sincere, chic. It's photojournalism at its best. I love working with rustic backgrounds, cityscapes and anything unusual. My goal is to bring out the "real" emotions with couples, families, children and gruaduating seniors.
Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career—his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefitted from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Since 1990, Sportraits's photographers have captured sports teams, individual players, and event attendees with a variety of photography services. They visually memorialize squads' roster portraits in their studio or on location, and transplant their visages onto prints, buttons, and statuettes. After digitally editing shots of club, team, and band members, they hand over eye-catching tableaus for use as backdrops for football games, gymnastics matches, or hot-dog-eating championships.
The photography haven's event photo boutiques present a fun alternative to traditional photo booths at parties, as they allow groups of guests to pose in front of custom backgrounds under the skilled eye of a photographer. Boutique rentals can be further customized with the addition of prints and props such as hats and glasses.