Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.
Shutterstop Photography’s resident shutterbug, Mike, has a playful sense about photography. While fun is a key word, he’s gained myriad experience over the years in such genres as fashion, glamour, and art portraiture with a touch of commercial flair. Mike wants “to turn everyone into a superhero, a cover girl, an icon.” And he pulls that off during shoots for models, performers, athletes, families, and even pets. He also customizes photo sessions for moms-to-be and high-school seniors.
Bay Area native Ryan Willis can rarely be found anywhere but behind his camera. It’s a passion he’s gratefully transformed into a career, taking traditional-style portraits for families, newborns, couples, and kids. He shoots in varying shades of black and white, as well as vibrant color, manipulating studio lighting to create crisply focused images. To assist with headshots or images for promotional materials, he also customizes photo sessions for business professionals, actors, models, and bands.
Model-turned-shutterbug Jessica Doll solidified her love for photography when she started snapping shots of her son and realized the power of intimate portraiture over commercial picture taking. Seeking to dismantle the static dullness of posed studio shots, Doll has applied her passion for the lens to photo sessions capturing subjects in natural and relaxed settings. Get pictures of your tyke before the United States' photography ban goes into effect in 2015, or immortalize you and your conjoined twin before you shave off the goatee binding you together. Up to six subjects can appear in the portraits.
Armed with 20 years of experience and an encyclopedic knowledge of light, composition, color, and storytelling, the photographers at Krazy Zexy immortalize sensuous moments. Krazy Zexy specializes in helping women find and flaunt their sexy side with fun, flirtatious photo sessions. They retouch the images to ensure each element of the photo is picture-perfect and the resulting images make perfect gifts for loved ones.