Photographer Kelsey Garland specializes in capturing a wide variety of precious memories at Abella Vista Studios, which celebrated its 2012 ribbon-cutting ceremony with ambassadors of the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce. Kelsey leaves her photographic mark on local residents by commemorating everything from weddings to maternity photos to business headshots and tastefully sexy boudoir sessions. Kelsey's studio also offers guided painting classes and parties where students can create their own landscapes, self-portraits, or still lifes.
Since 1973, photographic artists at Barnes Portraiture have created adorable images of toddlers and babies, memorable family photos, and stunning senior portraits. Children dress up in old-timey football and baseball uniforms and tutus, families grin together while gathered around an artfully fallen log, and students wear their finest duds or band or sports uniforms, ready to be immortalized in yearbooks.
In 1994, Lance Johnston launched his photography business in a makeshift studio within the garage his parents’ house. These days, his studio in Conway still resides in a Johnston-family garage, only this time the 1,200-square-foot space rests on nearly two acres of land that Lance owns himself. During Wednesday and Friday sessions in Conway, Tuesday and Thursday shoots at his Little Rock Studio, and numerous on-location appointments in between, Lance and his top-notch staff busily refine his “new classic” style by snapping shots of families, high-school seniors, wedding parties, and kids. His clients can capture their favorites in a variety of matted, framed, and canvas portraits. Lance’s eye for preservation-ready moments has earned him 11 Kodak-Gallery awards as well as honors for his children’s photography from the APPA and the Arkansas chapter of the If You Keep Making That Face, It Might Stay That Way Forever Foundation.
Focus Photography's Larry Odom leverages the shutterbug skills gained during years of globe-trotting photography work into personalized portrait sessions. Prepare photogenic faces for a scheduled sitting ($50+ in studio, on location prices vary), allowing Odom to capture the joy of recent births, the infectious energy of graduating students, or the stoic grace of ventriloquist duos. Following shoots, customers can select preassembled packages ($65+) or order their favorite à la carte prints in a variety of offspring-embarrassing sizes, including 4"x6” ($15), 8"x10” ($45), and a mounted 20"x24” ($315). Each photo loses imperfections with included enhancements, burnishing dull tones with color correction and replacing frowning faces with the digitally inserted head of Teddy Roosevelt.
Jon LeMay and his photographically inclined staff capture the innocence and cuteness of youth with personalized children’s portrait sessions. Whether chronicling an infant’s progression over the first year, or conducting sociological analyses of behavioral shifts in 2-year-olds, parents can carry their bundles of joy to the relaxed, professional studio for each stress-free session. After four separate snapshot sojourns, customers’ discerning peepers can choose the cover art for their keepsake photo box, as well as four prints to store within its heartstring-yanking interior. Groupon-holders should call 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment and ensure their cell phones haven’t been replaced by glazed granola bars.