Brian Masserman shot his first wedding at 15, armed with a Kodak Instamatic. Though it wracked his nerves to wait a week for his photos to develop, he knew he'd found a calling. A member of the Professional Photographers of America for more than 20 years, he now captures special occasions and intimate moments after consultations in which he tailors his photographic style to his customers’ needs, following his personal mantra: "There is no such thing as a perfect photograph, but there are such things as perfect moments."
During the more than 600 weddings they've photographed, Brian and his two staffers have varied their approach, sometimes snapping candid pictures of revelers and other times relying on a more journalistic feel. His skills stretch to include family portraiture and commercial work, and his senior portraits crackle in black and white, color, or mixtures of the two. After photo-shoots, he employs a keen sense of design to help customers to decide their print style, and even travels to their homes to find a place to hang their prints.
Brian always seeks to develop concrete relationships with customers and has even chronicled the milestones of one client from her bat mitzvah to her wedding day. To share his expertise, he hosts intensive workshops in which he drills students in camera settings, composition, and abbreviated editing techniques. He and his staff believe in the visual power of physical prints and frame and restore photos and love letters written on cheeseburger wrappers. They also print photographic images onto more eclectic material such as canvas, wood, and aluminum.
Kreativ Imaging proudly brandishes a 2010 Best Of badge from The Knot—the comprehensive wedding-preparation network as well as membership to both the Professional Photographer's Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Its team of lens specialists demonstrates professionalism and technical expertise during each photo shoot and work to infuse shoots with artistic vision by taking advantage of creative angles. Afterward, patrons receive instant access to review and order photos from an online display database. In addition to wedding, business, and graduation photo packages, Kreativ Imaging provides videography and graphic-design services, as well as photo retouching, which can enhance snapshot clarity and minimize the presence of scene-stealing apparitions.
Photographer Ramiz Romaya has visited art galleries all over the world to find inspiration for his work, but he cites one artist—the 17th-century painter Rembrandt—as his greatest influence. He first encountered Rembrandt's paintings while traveling through Holland and was struck by his use of dramatic lighting. At Ramiz Romaya Rembrandt Photography, he strives to channel a similar style when aiming his lens. Natural light illuminates faces, and silhouettes create a feeling of mystery and passion. Romaya also leaves the comfort of his studio to snap senior photos, weddings, and family portraits, complete with family pets and family secrets.
Platinum Boudoir's owner Melissa Tremblay captures artistically framed images within her private Birmingham studio. For boudoir shoots, Melissa plots out a series of poses that accentuate clients' best features, using a variety of angles and framing techniques. The final product is a series of tasteful boudoir photos with saturated colors or highly contrasted black-and-white tones that create a stylized silhouette. Though she concentrates on sensual boudoir shoots aimed at making each client look and feel gorgeous, Melissa also photographs weddings, newborns, and high-school seniors.
Heather Zara never misses an opportunity to tell a story. Before starting Zara Creative, Heather worked as a TV reporter for Detroit's local NBC affiliate and a featured reporter on Fox Sports Detroit's The Pistons Weekly.
The video chronicler combines her expertise at Zara Creative, which creates cinema-like digital films from commercials to full-length movies, including music videos and short features for charity events that are often attended by pro athletes or amateur basket-weavers. But Heather's best stories might just come from weddings. For these life-changing events, she shoots and assembles footage into trailers, highlight reels, and full-length films. She can even create outtake reels to highlight whimsical moments or review footage to determine who exactly caught the bouquet really.
Flashbulb-popping pair Kris and Dennis Hagenwald hauls more than 50 years of experience to every shoot. Well-rounded in their craft, the Hagenwalds pluck passing moments from all sorts of special events, including weddings. They also capture portraits of high school seniors, babies, and entire families.