La Dolce Photography's cofounders Alan Bogusky and Dan Zitofsky began their own photography venture after Alan left his band's photo shoots dissatisfied with the photographer's work. Striving to capture a personal essence that was missing in those photos, the duo works with other seasoned shooters who immortalize over-the-shoulder gazes during photo shoots outdoors or within a spacious studio. The brick-walled space hosts meetings between passionate photographers, in-house professional makeup artists, and their prospective subjects. After sessions, editors retouch images to ensure immaculate skin, flawless lighting, and a background free of phone booths trying to jumpstart modeling careers.
La Dolce's photographers learn to keep subjects at ease and spot their cardboard-cutout replacements with the aid of trainers from affiliated Miami and London studios. For outdoor sessions and workshops, La Dolce partners with outdoor-nature photographer Jeff Berkes, whose lens has captured extreme weather and landscapes for publications such as National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and Outdoor Photographer.
At C'est La Vie, beauty experts style and cut hair, apply color to nails, and specialize in makeup artistry. Visitors also take advantage of massages and facials, and can peruse the jewelry and accessories that sparkle on the salon’s shelves. Stylists not only snip strands and transform hair with keratin and Moroccanoil treatments—they also outfit patrons with wigs and extensions. These treatments, products, and services offer guests a uniquely comprehensive selection of beauty options.
Liz Besanson might be soundly situated in Wilmington, but that doesn't mean her photos are. A specialist in high fashion and beauty photography, her work has made appearances across the globe and the world wide web, from the pages of Gothic Magazine to the Jessica Louise clothing website. She's also spent the last seven years helping models build their portfolios and creating professional headshots for aspiring actors and employees of the month. But while Liz's signature, edgy style has helped her build a reputation in the fashion community, it's her patient demeanor and ease of direction that has mommies-to-be, families, and engaged couples flocking to her 1,200-square-foot studio, where she employs creative lighting and expert retouching skills to produce magazine-quality memories.
With a camera and focused lighting, Kyle McMahon of Elyk Studios Photography crystallizes momentous occasions. Kyle’s portraiture services cover everyone from expectant mothers and newborns to graduating seniors, engaged couples, and those seeking modelling photos. He works with clients to achieve their desired look, whether in photographs or video. For outdoor shoots at important sporting events or favorite highway underpasses, Kyle positions his tripod and calibrates his camera to capture the natural interplay of light and shadow. In addition to traditional photography services, Elyk Studios Photography provides silly booth rentals.
Sylvia Sepulveda became enamored with vintage pin-up photography because of the props. A frequent thrift-store shopper, she had planned to start a blog about her purchases but found that taking and editing their pictures was more satisfying than writing the posts. She turned her lens onto human subjects shortly thereafter and now generates inventive and sensual snapshots at Indie Girl Photography. Sylvia doesn't shy away from whimsical impulses both during and after her shoots. Based on the dialogue between her and the client, she suggests poses that can result in simple, flirtatious portraits or playful, old-timey advertisements. Her retouching finesse then works two types of magic, serving to add backdrops—ranging from a retro kitchen scene to a patriotic battleground—as well as remove sources of insecurity, including blemishes, stretch marks, and mismatched shoes. She deftly adjusts lighting and angles to flatter clients of all body types, and she pairs outfits that clients bring from home with her own stock of accessories, such as a vintage aviator hat or a video camera.
Apart from her boudoir-style shots, she experiments with fantasy and alternative styles. Her galleries display models cast as robots, angels, and superheroes, among other supernatural roles.