Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the session, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images. Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system.
Jamie Jansen believes everyone deserves the celebrity treatment. This is why he teams up with stylist Jaclyn Schler and makeup artist Aaren Goodnough to make his clients feel like stars—or Oprah’s audience members—during portrait sessions for everyone from babies and families to engaged couples and seductresses. He helps his clients immortalize their shoots with magazine-style and flush-mount albums, calendars, and postcards.
Bombshell Boudoir owner, Carrie and her female staff strive to capture their female subjects’ inner bombshells, encouraging the women decked out in saucy duds to show off their sassy and playful sides while backdropped by one of nineteen custom sets. The all-female Bombshell team coaches clients through every step of boudoir shoots, from choosing an outfit from the studio’s selection and styling hair and makeup to striking alluring poses and arranging faces into sexy snarls. An email viewing session allows clients to choose which edited and retouched shots will adorn Bombshell's selection of custom calendars, albums, and float wraps. They encourage ladies to share the boudoir experience with pals for a cheeky bachelorette party, birthday bash, or church-camp reunion.
Michelle Bova has a degree in early-childhood education and child development. She also has more than a decade of experience behind the camera. Yet it wasn't until recently that she combined the two. The results of this mix are carefully crafted, natural looking images that understand young subjects and find the youthful joy in all ages. Her shutter clicks document the growth of families, from maternity through newborns, birthdays, senior portraits, engagements, and weddings—memorializing the milestones life offers. Often Michelle does this documenting outside, where soft sunlight helps people glow and ensures all shots are vampire-free.
New York Institute of Photography graduate Jeffrey Brown and his aesthetically savvy wife Jamie put women at ease during sultry boudoir sessions emphasizing confidence and comfort. A consultation precedes each one-hour shoot, allowing subjects to choose their wardrobe, aesthetic, and the physical features they wish to highlight. Photos are captured "in the round" within an elegant camera room that boasts a decorative array of specialty vignettes and sets. About two weeks following the shoot, photos are unveiled in the multimedia room so models can choose which setup they’d like to use for their custom 8"x10" portrait. The Incognito Portrait Design studio is nestled in a luxurious New York–style loft decorated with breathtaking wall portraits, soothing music, and a dressing suite armed with a battalion of cosmetic amenities, including blow dryers, curling irons, and hair products. The value of the 8"x10" portrait can be used toward a custom wall décor portrait, and all snapshot subjects should call ahead of an appointment.