Rick Hilyard, the master artist behind Hilyard Photography, specializes in capturing beautiful portraits of the most dangerous subjects known to man, be they the elusive high-school senior, roving packs of smiling families, or the hotbeds of rage and contempt that are babies. Hilyard draws on his 10 years of experience to create a portraiture that reflects the indomitable personality of both the subject and the artist.
Adam Queen’s photo-snapping prowess can capture a family member’s elusive smile emerging from hibernation or convey emotions through imagery without requiring any of the people in it to wear kabuki masks. Since 2001, Adam has worked as a pro photog in such places as Mexico and Spain, and his studio of white sweep backgrounds and tabletop environments provides Columbus with a convenient locale for senior photos, baby pictures, smooching couples, and family portraits. Otherwise, you can opt to shoot at a nearby location within 7 miles of I-270 (call Adam to confirm), such as your apartment or the faerie market you stumbled upon while sleepwalking. After the shoot, you’ll obtain copyright to 10 images, as well as 20% off your next session and 10% off any prints or additional digital files you'd like to purchase. If you prove to be unusually photogenic, you can even buy the entire roll ($100).
On location at a client’s preferred spot or within their fully equipped studio, the shutterbugs at Nicholson Studios capture the personality of their clients in engaging shots. Whether its young families frolicking on the beach, seniors commemorating their impending graduation, or lonely men standing in front of their many hoagie-eating trophies, the talented team yields stunning, professionally edited images.
TEN Photography's Tiffany N. Ertle believes the best photos are the most natural ones. During her photo shoots, clients are encouraged to unwind and be themselves as she snaps photos brimming with levity and sincerity alike. Photos from the sessions are available as digital images or glossy prints for an additional charge.
Bugs are fascinating, especially to a six-year-old strapped with a Mickey Mouse 110 camera. These creepily photogenic critters were the first subjects Studio Polaris photographer Maggie Lawler’s ever shot. Though she has since captured images of couples on their wedding day, seniors before their graduation, and canine products for a corporate vendor, Maggie still loves “to act like a five-year-old most days.” She finds the perfect shot by getting to know her clients and hearing their stories. With kids, she gets down to their level, asking them questions about their outfit, their favorite TV show, or their thoughts on whether cotton candy is better to eat or to wear as a wig. Once she’s built the foundation for a relationship, she begins shooting. She searches for the moments in between: the couple tenderly holding hands, the child wholeheartedly laughing. To catch these fleeting seconds, she doesn’t rely on fancy filters or equipment. “Anybody can own a Stradivarius,” she quips, “but not everyone can join the Boston Pops.” So rather than lean on technology’s crutch, she uses her artist’s eye, passed down the limbs of a family tree branched by her grandmother’s paintings and her father’s sculptures. Today, she still is constantly snapping photos, either with her SLR or iPhone, taking shots of her daughter or her neighbors in line at the supermarket. With her work at Studio Polaris, Maggie considers each photo shoot a blessing. “I mean,” she says, “how many families have my work on their walls? It’s awe inspiring. I’m blown away by it.”
A member of the Camera Craftsmen of America, Tony Cilento has captured images of families, weddings, and famous subjects such as Cher and Pope John Paul II. At his studios across the country, he oversees the extensive training of each of his photographers until he's confident they can uphold his standards, which have garnered him the United Nations International Photographic Council award. The highly trained photographers provide impeccable service while photographing birthdays, holidays, weddings, moms-to-be, seniors, and families.