Each PHP Photography shoot begins with a one-hour consultation that allows the photographer to get a feel for the client’s unique personality. The results have yielded a portfolio brimming with of shots of families, children, and weddings, each full with character and impromptu smiles, earning PHP a Preferred Vendor nod from the Perfect Wedding Guide in 2011 and 2012. Consultations also serve to put clients at ease when capturing especially intimate moments, such as boudoir photography sessions or maternity sessions, which capture the nervous excitement or insatiable appetite for white truffles associated with awaiting a child. Design elements can add a vintage vibe with black-and-white or sepia filters, or images can travel through time in the opposite direction with modern, Warhol-esque effects.
Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Astra Creative Photography & Design's newly-married founders, Tabitha and Armando, team up with camera sharpshooters to capture weddings, families, high-school seniors, and newborns with a fashion-inspired photojournalistic style. On-location or in-studio, the team creates richly saturated and detailed images using selective focus, creative compositions, and expert lighting—techniques that they expound on during workshops. They then transform the collected photographs into custom books, retouched digital images, and prints that patrons can display on living-room walls or paste into history books.
Professional photographer Michael Anthony trains his lens on everything from bands to families at Michael Anthony Photography. Anthony's primary goal is to capture memorable photos in natural settings, eschewing heavy use of filters and studio touchups.
Weddings, newborns, families, and high-school seniors—none of these diverse subjects poses a challenge to Heidi of Simply Yours Photography. Her portfolio is filled with smiles displayed in black and white, full color, antique sepia tones, and deep burgundy tones imported from France. Not content just traveling to on-location photo shoots, she shares her photographic talent with others during outdoor DSLR classes held at Cool Creek Park.