A goofy grin. A couple of happy wedding tears. A newborn’s wonder-filled gaze. To Allison Jayne Meder, every moment is magic, and she captures the best of them through the lens of her trusty camera. She honed her skills for documenting memories while studying photojournalism at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but it’s her lifelong passion for authenticity that allows her to recognize and freeze the most meaningful emotions. She draws out these emotions during laid-back portrait sessions for families, couples, kids, and moms-to-be. To give her photos an extra touch of the dramatic, she scouts eye-catching locales and works with exquisitely composed close-ups as well as panoramas. She also adds polish to the final product with digital retouching services, ensuring that colors pop, light softens, and least-favorite cousins are airbrushed away for flawless magazine-quality productions.
Jennifer Weinberg knew she was hooked as soon as she handled her first SLR camera. Now, after more than a decade of aiming her lens at grinning faces and lush rainforests, her love for the art form has only grown stronger. Though experienced in all manner of portraiture, Jennifer specializes in maternity and infant, child, and family photographs bound for homes atop mantels or brochures for giving robots feelings. When not zooming in on beaming faces, Jennifer snaps shots of rushing cascades and dew-jeweled petals.
Jennifer’s eponymous photography studio helps subjects get on the other side of the lens during group workshops, which cover everything from the basics of digital-camera settings to the art of lighting outdoor shoots without inciting fireflies to riot.
BTC Photo Booth NC's booths are nothing if not spacious—their current record for number of guests squeezed into a photo stands at 16. The booths—which require an area of 10'x10'—are outfitted with DSLR cameras and touchscreen displays, printing strips of four photos instantly after each group finishes their shoot. Fun-causing options include boxes of props or a green screen, allowing party guests to pretend they are within feet of a roaring dinosaur or a vicious seal. Though the booths are self-service, one or two technicians accompany the machines to set up, break down, and keep the memories flowing.
In Kim Crenshaw Photography’s onsite garden, a swing hangs from a jasmine-wreathed arbor, frog-inhabited lily pads carpet a pond, and a 1946 Chevrolet Stylemaster waits for models to lean against its fenders. The garden abuts the old farmhouse that houses Crenshaw’s equally scenic studio, with a wall of antique stained-glass panels and a design that captures streams of sunlight throughout the day. Crenshaw devoted her first decade behind the camera to natural-light photography, and custom renovated her current studio-garden complex to ensure she could still practice her specialty.
Now a 25-year veteran of the photography scene, Crenshaw continues to draw on the fundamentals she learned when earning her BFA in graphic design and photography. This fine-arts background deters her from trendy shots of subjects spelling out the day's headlines in semaphore signals; instead, she strives to capture timeless beauty in her portraits of families, kids, and bridal parties. Subjects can discuss options and expectations with Crenshaw during free preshoot consultations, and select their favorite shots during postshoot slideshow viewings. The studio’s frame shop can border prints—or painted portraits modeled after prints—in a diverse array of frames.
The Raleigh Music Academy is full service music instruction company. We offer quality instruction on instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. We also give students a monthly opportunity to perform in student shows on a high quality performance stage.
Though Scott Faber might see examples of his work on magazine stands, book jackets, and the Internet—where he's contributed snapshots to U.S. News & World Report—he feels a deeper connection to the pictures that encapsulate relationships. From wedding-themed shoots to records of maternity and childhood growth, his largely candid sessions adapt to preserve each family's rapport in scenic outdoor locales, such as Duke Gardens, or inside the studio.
Scott doesn't shy from photographic challenges; he brings the same ingenuity and college-mascot costume heads to corporate group poses as he does to high-school senior portraits. He encourages his clients to push their aesthetic boundaries as well, whether through his in-depth photography classes or before-and-after pictures for those who donate their hair to Locks of Love.