Kesha Lambert Photography and the AboutFace Makeup Artist Network teamed up to create Lash to Lens, a one-stop shop for customized portraiture and modern lifestyle photography. Published in the New York Times, Boston Herald, and OK! magazine, Kesha Lambert and her supporting cast of savvy shutterbugs create a relaxed and fun environment for capturing life’s most memorable moments, whether it be a candid family photo, a sizzling boudoir portrait, or a reproduction of The Last Supper starring a litter of beagles. Each session is tailored to the client’s style and personality, incorporating clever props and interesting locales to create a customized photo shoot as unique as the subjects it snaps. AboutFace’s senior makeup artist, Charlene Armstrong, uses top-quality beauty products to hide blemishes, eliminate shine, conceal red eyes, and distract attention from obtrusive bunny ears, resulting in camera-ready countenances.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
Growing up near New York City, Frank Calabritto was in awe of the cubist swath the city’s skyline cut and its massive influence on international culture from a young age. Although initially drawn into a corporate life, he broke free to follow the siren call of the metropolitan images he saw coming out of the city. He began aiming his lens at everything from the frocks at New York Fashion Week to the pensive faces of policymakers such as Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Melinda Gates at the Clinton Global Initiative. Now, 10 years into his career, he takes breaks from photojournalism with portraiture and wedding photography. Whether focusing on the sweat on a politician’s brow or the dimples of a child, Calabritto believes that every click of his shutter is the chance to create a message and carry an emotion beyond a fleeting moment and into the future. This passion for communication helps him craft photographs more than ready to fill photo albums or pamphlets for supercomputers learning to feel.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
In the intimate, candid wedding images that Sharp Five Photography's resident shutterbug, Rob, takes, newlyweds seem totally unaware of the photographer's presence. It's a remarkable feat, considering that his wedding packages run at least six hours and sometimes last all day. The time Rob spends snapping pictures translates into password-protected online galleries and flash drives full of digital negatives, preserving everything from preparation and nuptials to flower girls unionizing outside the reception. When he isn't documenting matrimony, Rob spends on-location shoots capturing images of engaged couples, little kids, and expectant moms.
With 46 years experience and a photojournalistic approach, Ferlise Photography doesn't let a moment slip by undocumented, using traditional techniques to produce classic images. This is vital when the photographers cover special events such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and first communions. Besides deftly capturing fleeting moments, their background in fine-art photography ensures each picture tells a story and reveals the character of its subjects. They also imbue portrait sessions with the same pride in craftsmanship. Headshots for performers, social media, and businesses are also available.