Art instructors, wedding and fashion photographers, and the paparazzi of the avian world populate the staff at Imagination Digital Art School. Placing working photographers at the helm of every class, the school offers beginners and casual enthusiasts a glimpse at how the pros envision, set up, and carry out the perfect shot. Workshops send students through crash courses on lighting, composition, or the technical aspects of their cameras, and ventures in the field visit scenic locales such as Adventure Aquarium and Barnegat Lighthouse, which sailors have long loved for its flattering lighting.
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Photographer Taylor Horne is making a name for himself, with his work gracing the insides of glam-freak magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer as well as the virtual pages of online publications such as Urban Romance magazine. The Antonelli Institute alumnus infuses his avant-garde style with inspiration from unlikely sources, such as Victorian novels and antique furniture.
Having worked as a fashion model and stylist himself, Taylor has a keen aesthetic eye for each aspect of the photo-shoot process. He lends his expertise to the creation of fashion and modeling portfolios, as well as headshots that can help clients land acting roles, corporate jobs, or especially picky preowned cars.
A man lies tangled in a shower curtain, lifeless, with blood spattered everywhere; "kill your boyfriend" was the theme of this shoot, conducted by photographer Nikki Riley for one of her clients who'd recently parted ways with her latest beau. Nikki's willingness to transcend boundaries, paired with her creative flair, has sent her to New York City and Atlanta to shoot risqué and editorial-style fashion spreads and helped her earn a nomination for PHL17's Philly's Hot List of Best Photographers 2011. Raised as a "John Lennon kid" by a photographer mother, her inherited desire to snap shots came to fruition soon after graduating college, when she traded her 9–5 desk job for a career in photography. Nikon D700 in tow, Nikki spends her days at the 1,700-square-foot studio she co-owns, The Hive 215, which features high ceilings, loft windows, vintage furnishings, and a beauty bar where specialists prep clients' hair and makeup.
Though Nikki's fashion and portrait shoots favor bold colors and clean, magazine-quality finishes, her intimate boudoir shoots explore both high and low angles and toy with exposure—in every sense of the word. Taken from the most flattering angles for each body type, shots of lingerie-clad legs and torsos sway from high-contrast black and white to elegantly washed-out color frames lit softly from behind like an angel auditioning for the cover of Maxim. Nikki caters these shoots to the desires and comfort level of each client, letting imaginations run wild with coy pinup poses or showcasing epidermises for keepsake shots of clients in any state of undress.
Vikrant believes that a photograph is a story, a single freeze-frame from a motion picture that conveys setting, character, action, and plot. He approaches every shot he snaps with this in mind, whether he’s working with professional models for clients such as Ray-Ban sunglasses or Time magazine or just snapping headshots for a local business owner. He works almost exclusively out his professionally outfitted studio, spinning human visages into compelling yarns through the lens of his digital camera. For private clients, he provides both prints and digital images to frame or plaster across the Internet.