Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
With a love for candid shots and days spent traveling to homes, weddings, and parks, life passes through photographer Stephen Jeffery Crabtree’s eyes as a series of still moments from which beauty can be taken, whether accidental or composed. Depending upon the size and nature of the shoot, he arrives by himself or with up to three other photographers to help him capture every angle of special moments. His fully equipped studio prints high-quality images on demand, and all wedding packages come with full rights for brides and grooms, who can print out favorite shots of themselves at their leisure and turn them into masks so that their special day lasts forever.
Each PHP Photography shoot begins with a one-hour consultation that allows the photographer to get a feel for the client’s unique personality. The results have yielded a portfolio brimming with of shots of families, children, and weddings, each full with character and impromptu smiles, earning PHP a Preferred Vendor nod from the Perfect Wedding Guide in 2011 and 2012. Consultations also serve to put clients at ease when capturing especially intimate moments, such as boudoir photography sessions or maternity sessions, which capture the nervous excitement or insatiable appetite for white truffles associated with awaiting a child. Design elements can add a vintage vibe with black-and-white or sepia filters, or images can travel through time in the opposite direction with modern, Warhol-esque effects.
Lauren Weghorst Photography diligently documents existing families and the unions of new ones, preserving the images for years to come. Over the course of a one-hour photo shoot, groups tied together by blood or a shared love of toothy grins are pictographically preserved in color, black and white, or sepia. At least 100 photographs will be burned onto a commemorative DVD, including 15 edited images. Participants are allowed to change clothes up to three times to show off their business casual, formalwear, and marching-band uniforms.
At Moments Photography, seasoned shutterbug Lori Reeder combines top-notch picture-snapping skills with professional photography equipment, capturing images of everything from babies to blushing brides. With this deal, you’ll get a basic photo session ($45 value) in one outfit at Lori’s well-lit studio—perfect for immortalizing the shining smiles and model-imitation poses of your family or child. After the images have been frozen in film, the raw photos will be retouched and distilled into a video slideshow and mini proof book, offering up the purest essence of photogenic presence.
Fusion Photography specializes in artistic and organic fine-art portraits ideal for senior pictures, business headshots, and photos of brand-new babies. A one-hour photo session begins with a preshoot consultation to forge a common vision between subject and photographer (a $50 value), freeing the shutterbug to pursue mantle-ready images set against the in-home feel of the Fusion Photography studio. After capturing wild light and taming it with practiced technique and minor touch-ups, Fusion Photography traps customer-selected shots in two 5”x7” prints (a $64 value) and loads 10 retouched, printable images on a CD (a $400 value) ostensibly for posterity, but actually as fodder for dummy VIP passes to exclusive gatherings of high-flying librarians.