Melanie Folwell Portrait Design’s eponymous snap-shooter eschews the confines of the studio to capture newborns, children, and families in outdoor environments with natural lightning. Subjects interact with their surroundings during the one-hour photo session, swinging from tree branches or arm-wrestling garden gnomes while Melanie espies opportunities to render memorable moments. After the shoot, Melanie helps models select their favorite poses to transfer onto large 11”x14” prints ideal for framing as heirlooms or passing out to friends with oversized wallets.
SVS Inc.'s video production team unleashes their media prowess to shoot professional music videos, commercials, corporate videos, and virtually any type of moving image. They’ve shot and edited video for the likes of Ballet Idaho and RAWArtists Boise, orchestrating a fashion flash mob spectacle with a phalanx of models. When not capturing video for future music and fashion stars, SVS Inc. works with families to create video greeting cards, which they can upload directly to Youtube or a compatible family member's brain.
Jill Davidson, owner of Emotion Portrait Design, is a PPA Award–winning photographer who strives to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for guests. A savvy snapper and skilled photo finisher, Jill enjoys getting to know her clients and capturing their personalities in a way that delivers meaningful, time-treasured images. The outdoor family portrait session is an ideal way to capture your entire tribe in one place amongst natural splendors. An accompanying digital image ($375) allows lighting impurities, camera-hogging sparrows, and nature ghosts to be edited out, while allowing you to edit in the middle child you forgot to pick up from soccer camp on your way to the studio. Additional prints cost extra, from $20 for 4"x5" to $528 for 40"x60".
Up in Pieces prints custom jigsaw puzzles in various shapes and designs, using your personal photos and water-resistant UltraChrome inks, which are said to last 80 years before fading. Puzzle purchasers can tinker with a slew of options on the shop’s website to create custom puzzles ($20 base price for an 8”x10” puzzle) or choose from four unique puzzle-piece styles, with the option to add novelty pieces ($5 each) cut to look like butterflies, words, or famous Lithuanian diplomats. Predesigned cuts allow customers to decorate an 8”x10” cake-shaped puzzle ($25) or beautify an 8”x10” heart-shaped puzzle ($25) with the countenance of a loved one. In addition, an in-house graphic designer oversees every Up in Pieces puzzle order to ensure clients’ photos remain vibrant and are never stretched or skewed.
When photographer Aubrey Brower captures an artful image through her lens, she isn't quite satisfied. After snapping a mixture of posed and candid shots, she heads to her computer to subtly brighten colors, correct flaws, and reframe subjects for the most striking, polished final product that could possibly adorn a mantle, online profile, or voodoo shrine. With passion and an eye-for-detail, she hopes to yield vivid engagement prints, family portraits, or boudoir images that have the power to transport viewers back to memorable moments in time.
"Anyone can take a picture," say B&B Photography's artists, "but at B&B, taking a picture is just the first step toward creating a work of art." Not content to merely capture a subject's likeness, the photographers coax personalities into print. That's why they help high-school seniors design their own shoots, and why the babies they take pictures of are allowed to take those pesky hair bows off and blow as many raspberries as they'd like. B&B's family and senior portraits are taken on-location or at B&B's studio, which offers indoor and outdoor options. Favorite proofs go through a round of retouching before they hit frames.