Whether she’s snapping shots of Lil Wayne’s sparkling grin, the urban landscape of Detroit, or the Arab American National Museum, photographer Asia Hamilton inspires people to view the world from a new perspective. Her photography raises awareness on issues of waste and consumption, and strives to unmask the beauty hidden in a cityscape.
When she’s not on a globetrotting, eye-opening adventure, she’s teaching aspiring photographers at her studio, Nozomi Live Photography & Design. She demystifies photography concepts such as lighting and composition before taking shutterbugs out on urban excursions, where they can practice techniques in the bustling city. She helps her protégés feel more comfortable using their cameras’ manual settings, making the picture-snapping devices feel like an extension of their bodies without duct tape or cybernetic surgery.
Those accustomed to the blurry black-and-white photo strips that spit themselves out of the average photobooth will be pleasantly surprised after posing in one of Ideal Bliss Photos' cutting-edge cabinets. That's because the company's husband-and-wife photography team installs a professional camera and studio lighting inside each booth. This allows them to capture clear shots of photogenic revelers, their props, and their props' props at weddings, corporate events, and birthday parties. The single-option strip gets an update, as well; the owners also customize photos in the form of 4x6 prints and offer a web gallery for guests to view up to a year after the event.
As the name implies, PicStarz is all about making you the star of your own party. The company hauls its photo booths to special events all around Michigan, where guests proceed to capture timeless moments in all of their high-resolution glory. A PicStarz rental comes with unlimited color or black-and-white photographs, plus a variety of props to infuse shoots with a little extra pizazz. An on-site technician watches over the booth to make sure the flash goes off properly and nobody ever, under any circumstances, presses the red button. In addition to its photo booths, PicStarz brings life to the party with live DJ services.
Heather Zara never misses an opportunity to tell a story. Before starting Zara Creative, Heather worked as a TV reporter for Detroit's local NBC affiliate and a featured reporter on Fox Sports Detroit's The Pistons Weekly.
The video chronicler combines her expertise at Zara Creative, which creates cinema-like digital films from commercials to full-length movies, including music videos and short features for charity events that are often attended by pro athletes or amateur basket-weavers. But Heather's best stories might just come from weddings. For these life-changing events, she shoots and assembles footage into trailers, highlight reels, and full-length films. She can even create outtake reels to highlight whimsical moments or review footage to determine who exactly caught the bouquet really.
In the midst of wedding-planning chaos, a Detroit bride-to-be hit a wall. She couldn’t find a quality photo booth nearby and within her budget. So, with the help of three tech-savvy friends, she made her own. The booth was such a hit at her own wedding that the four friends decided to open The Picture Closet as a full-time endeavor. In its short life span, the company has entertained partygoers, fundraiser-gala attendees, and wedding guests with whimsical booths that double as a good place to sequester people when the ex-girlfriend makes her speech. Each booth comes with professional attendants to help subjects get gussied up in a range of costumes and props, and they also come with two instant photo strips per shoot. The Picture Closet can even emblazon snapshots with a customized event logo.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: No parking
Most popular offering: Deluxe Uplighting Package
Pro Tip: Uplighting positively affects how your photos look, how your venue looks, the mood, etc!
Good for Kids: No