Action Photos sends its pro shutterbugs to capture events of every ilk, from sports events to award ceremonies, and dispatches photo booths so guests can record their own self-portraits. Solo subjects or groups of attendees pile into red-draped photo booths at weddings and other soirees, beaming genuine smiles or infusing shots with creativity by imitating famous pieces of architecture. All rentals include unlimited photos and high-quality prints for each guest, and Action Photos also emblazons the bottom of each photo strip with the event name or a corporate logo. A booth attendant ensures the line is moving along and supplies subjects with a variety of props. At the end of the night, booths are whisked away by staffers into the same cloud of purple smoke whence they arrived.
Nowadays, almost anyone can pick up a camera and call himself a photographer. But husband-and-wife team Mario and Gayle Guerrero have the experience to warrant the title: they opened Sunlight Portrait Artist in 1985, and have captured thousands of shots of weddings, newborns, and high-school seniors in the years since. Mario is a certified professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of America, and Gayle served as her family photographer while growing up. Today their panoramic skill set covers photojournalistic, editorial, and classic styles as well as Photoshop skills.
On a 10-acre swatch of picturesque land, experienced photographer Rolland Krueger plans, poses, and snaps pictures, capturing key moments for couples and families. With nearly 50 years of experience as a portrait ace, Krueger wields his camera confidently, assuring subjects that if they do not enjoy the photographs, he will either take more at no extra charge or turn himself into a monkey's uncle. Each one-hour photography session at the indoor-outdoor studio is preceded by a planning session, during which an unlimited number of smiley subjects can discuss wardrobe and style preferences. Following shoots, Krueger lightly retouches photographs to prepare them for printing. Subjects choose the photographs they'd like to receive in hardcopy ($125 for first 8"x10" or smaller; $89 for duplicates of same pose) and represent them in Congress.
As a teenager, Lyndsay Lyon surrounded herself with photographs: clippings from magazines covered her room, schoolbooks, binders, and lockers. It wasn't until after high school, however, that Lyndsay tried creating her own. Like her favorite photos from her youth, Lyndsay's work relies heavily on natural light, which illuminates the engaged or newlywed couples fitted into her frame. She mixes playful poses and emotional candid shots at every on-location session, which results in images she edits and assembles onto CDs.
With her trusty camera in hand, master photographer Angela Lynn helps to tell the stories of her clients. She strives to capture the true spirit of each subject, whether a newborn baby, expecting mother, or high-school senior for the 11th year in a row, focusing on natural poses and genuine emotion. After each session, Angela's comrade Sarah gets to work on finishing photos, skillfully brightening prints and designing albums.