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.
The accomplished interior designers and artisans at Kirkland Design & Painting Company impart their expertise in small, casual classes that suit all levels of expertise, from homebuilders to homemakers. Unlike carpentry classes taught by philosophy professors, Kirkland's sessions emphasize practical methods that can be effectively assimilated in the span of the three-hour evening and weekend classes. The Granicrete/Aurastone system taught in DIY floors and DIY countertops workshops overlays existing surfaces, and the simple plaster techniques related in faux-finishing workshops enable students to create multilayered dimensional finishes and retouch their fading stone gargoyles. The DIY Create Your Own Art on Canvas workshop focuses on the art of achieving luxury finishes and the science of selecting socially acceptable wine boxes.
Despite having more than 10 years of experience and 1,200 photographed locations under their shared belt, Alex Studio's ten photography teams continue framing subjects from early in the morning to late at night. They capture lasting images of families, children, and engaged couples at on-location shoots around Puget Sound or sessions held in one of two studios. Their wedding work often takes them worldwide, with pending RSVPs including ceremonies in Hong Kong and Japan. Retouched nuptial shots can be assembled into a custom album made entirely in-house, and clients can also collect their favorite images as retouched digital files stored on DVDs or a set of 50 Commodore 64s.
A collaboration between a fine-art photography studio and a pinup-style salon, Seattle Boudoir Photography creates a fun and professional environment for their sultry photo shoots. In preparation for the sessions, a team member guides clients through wardrobe selection and a variety of creative themes. Available packages include "The Shades", inspired by the hit erotic fiction trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, which centers around a 45-minute shoot that begins in a light-flooded loft space or on a private rooftop deck, then ends on the studio’s private Red Room set. Regardless of which package they choose, customers are pampered by the onsite salon staff that helps customers channel these different looks and personalities with professional makeup applications, along with a stylist that stands by for consultation on poses and how to use hair mousse to make chocolate mousse.
The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.
Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.