No tape or promise of sweet-buns is strong enough to keep a child still for the duration of an entire picture session, only the attention of a seasoned photographer. Christy Rimrodt has a stylistic affinity for capturing the emotions and energy surrounding children and maternity, though her talents extend well beyond such photogenic themes. Today's deal lets you choose the location of your shoot from anywhere within 50 miles of the Portland area. You can capture the innocence of your niece, the dove-tailed happiness of your children, or the third trimester glow of pregnancy over the course of a one-hour shoot ($200 value). After your shoot you get to schedule a viewing appointment with Christy to observe your modeling skills on a 70-inch projection screen ($150 value) and see what extra photo packages are available for purchase outside of your Groupon. Plus, you get an 8x10 print ($50 value) and two 5x7 prints ($70 value).
Inspired by the endless beauty of nature, Lauran Alyssa shoots outdoors, masterfully manipulating natural light and panoramic backgrounds during photo sessions. During on-location shoots for families, couples, kids, and individuals, she composes images with sharp detail and colors that pop. She also keeps sessions light and fun so her clients can relax for candid and staged poses before the camera. As memories are fleeting, she knows a camera should be around for almost all moments, especially the big ones, so she offers comprehensive wedding coverage as well.
A ponytailed toddler grips her sunglasses determinedly as her parents crouch, smiling, in the background. Walking atop either side of a railroad track, a young couple bridges the distance with their hands. In the midst of wedding preparations, a bride pauses to read a love letter from her soon-to-be spouse. These are a few of the fleeting moments placed in a beautiful image-jail by This Is Life Photography’s founder Marisa. Fascinated by the power of freezing time since she was a child, she composes portraits and wedding scenes with an eye toward creating mementos that can be handed down for generations.
Taylor Boone’s effusive personality lends itself well to her photography, where she creates a comfortable atmosphere for everything from family portraits to boudoir shoots. During each session, her gentle encouragement and seasoned guidance helps her clients’ truest selves to shine through in each photograph. She possesses a versatile knack for style, creating a dreamlike softness for baby pictures and an editorial edginess for senior portraits as easily as the timeless vintage air she adds to boudoir shots. Beyond imbuing the photos with style, her postsession editing can also subtly cover imperfections and reveal hidden messages formed in tendrils of hair.
When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.
Though they began as hobbies, art and photography had become focal points for Amanda Lindahl-Lemke by college. After six years studying both subjects stateside—with a stint at art school in Florence, Italy, in between—Amanda made the leap to the pros with A. Lindahl Creations. Whether clicking away in her studio or on location, she primarily photographs newborns and children, all adorably posed in color and black-and-white prints that subvert expectations through her use of props and surreal backdrops. Before her sessions even begin, Amanda discusses expectations and aesthetic preferences with her clients and takes time to forge bonds with each child, expectant mother, or family she photographs. The warm, hands-on approach earned her the "Friendliest Family Photographer" spot in "Red Tricycle’s" Totally Awesome Awards, which led to "Blue Tricycle’s" subsequent Even More Awesomer Than Your Awards Awards: No Tag-Backs Edition. After their shoot, clients can share a private online gallery with family and friends or peruse it for the images they want to preserve as prints.