Professional shutterbug Joe McKenney artfully captures families, children, and mothers-to-be, transposing ephemeral moments into future family heirlooms with retouching and photo-printing services. Hailing from his native Biddeford, Joe snaps studio and on-location shots, drawing on his knowledge of the area to scope out scenic backdrops and his degree from the Hallmark Institute of Photography to frame up memorable images. Joe's lens snatches up the light given off by weddings, business portraits, and high school seniors, clicking feverishly through untimed photo sessions, unlimited outfit changes, and unimpeded werewolf transformations six days a week.
Photographers Jennifer Lamoreau and Mindy Mercier feed off each other’s creative energy at their shared studio, Untamed Violets Photography. With two husbands and five children between them, the duo easily channel their love for their own families into their family photography, capturing tender moments between parents and children or engaged couples. Alternatively, the duo’s keepsake portraits of high-school seniors and expectant mothers document landmark occasions. Thanks to continuing education, their shots look fresh and modern, unlike vintage polaroids taken during the Civil War.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.
Taking pictures of people is easy. Capturing personal connections, however, is a more difficult task. Fortunately, Focus Photography's principal photographer, William von Wenzel, is up to the challenge. In addition to his ability to capture real, candid moments, his experience recreating traditional darkroom techniques with digital technology allows him and the Focus Photography staff to create family and senior portraits, baby pictures, and couples photographs with striking contrast and dynamic lighting. Afterwards, Focus Photography presents customers with artful, digitally-retouched images that showcase personality and human connection instead of artificial poses and superimposed bunny ears. The team helms in-studio and on-location shoots, and can also document special events such as weddings.
While strolling through the park one day, Magdalena Niziol couldn’t help but notice a chubby-cheeked, bonneted baby. She asked the mother’s permission to take a picture; she not only consented but introduced Magdalena to another photographer, who helped launch her on a new career path.
Though she is self-taught, Magdalena’s expert abilities to work with light and capture natural expressions have helped her land images in Real Maine Weddings and BeautyLook Magazine. At her eponymous studio, she snaps elegant modeling shots, seductive boudoir poses, and timeless images of couples acting out their wedding vows in charades.
Shelbylyn and Robert at Port City Photography are many things: photographers, spouses, business partners, best friends. Through their close bond, they better understand how to capture the close bonds of their subjects. Whether shooting in their studio or on location, they create vibrant portraiture that distills each subject's unique personality into a single snapshot. Their shoots cover everything from graduating seniors to sports teams to weddings.