Hilary, the founder of Pinao Images, has harbored a passion for photography since she was a child. But the inspiration to open her own photography company came later in life, after her mother-in-law and her step-father passed away. That's because the images that Hilary snapped before they passed would come to be treasured by her family. In order to help clients preserve their own treasured memories, she snaps candid portraits of families, children, animals, and high-school seniors, and also arranges maternity, boudoir, and event photo shoots.
When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.
Though they began as hobbies, art and photography had become focal points for Amanda Lindahl-Lemke by college. After six years studying both subjects stateside—with a stint at art school in Florence, Italy, in between—Amanda made the leap to the pros with A. Lindahl Creations. Whether clicking away in her studio or on location, she primarily photographs newborns and children, all adorably posed in color and black-and-white prints that subvert expectations through her use of props and surreal backdrops. Before her sessions even begin, Amanda discusses expectations and aesthetic preferences with her clients and takes time to forge bonds with each child, expectant mother, or family she photographs. The warm, hands-on approach earned her the "Friendliest Family Photographer" spot in "Red Tricycle’s" Totally Awesome Awards, which led to "Blue Tricycle’s" subsequent Even More Awesomer Than Your Awards Awards: No Tag-Backs Edition. After their shoot, clients can share a private online gallery with family and friends or peruse it for the images they want to preserve as prints.
DeBoudoir photographers specialize in setting their clients at ease, carefully directing poses and maneuvering lighting to elicit flattering shots that smack of self-confidence. During trademark boudoir sessions, subjects wear sumptuous lingerie or drape their nude frames strategically in sheepskins and blankets before posing in-studio or on the beach. DeBoudoir tweaks this photo formula for its other services, which include engagement sessions and pinup shoots, during which subjects wear stylish vintage garb.
DeBoudoir's lingerie boutiques brim with corsets and accessories such as hats, gloves, and thigh high stockings. Lingerie, meanwhile, runs the gamut from negligees to underthings more delicate than an aging movie starlet’s ego.
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
Fliptography cameras emblazon 60 rapidly successive images onto the pages of palm-sized flipbooks to exhibit innovative seven-second motion pictures. Customers can dance, prance, or demonstrate the alternative uses of dental floss before studio cameras during the seven-second studio shoots to convert to the flippable medium. Customers can also adorn flipbook covers with messages or personal designs before distributing them to family as invitations and party favors or using them to mystify friends visiting from the Paleolithic era.