Worcester Photo Studios unveils a picture-snapping emporium to customers and photographers alike. Inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, a dozen shooting areas surround sessions in a wide range of settings, and mammoth bay doors grant access to larger-than-life props, such as cars, boats, and scale replicas of downtown Worcester. For shutterbugs lacking their own home base, the studio offers a membership program that includes use of its spaces; in the future, the studio plans to install a classroom, salon-style stations, and a kitchen set, complete with fully functioning appliances and a fully functioning Emeril Lagasse.
Shotsy Photography's camera maven sees the world in snapshots. Each moment that flicks by is rich with meaning and emotion. Her passion for pictures is infectious and on full display during photo shoots for kids, families, and couples. Besides portraits, she covers special events such as weddings and arranges classy and empowering boudoir photo sessions.
Constructed in the early 1900s, the building that Paper City Pictures calls home adds its own vintage character to the studio’s photography. Although the antique structure has been renovated to have a sleek, modern feel, it retains some of its original design elements, reminding visitors of its historic and timeless quality. Restored brick walls and the original wood mill floors lay the foundation for Paper City Pictures’ colorful sets, including a sapphire-colored backdrop that can bring out the color of a child's eyes or the shiny coat of an australian cattle dog. In another area, a large mural depicts a gray-and-black urban scene where subjects strike poses on a wrought-iron bench or raise their hands to hail a 2-D taxi. Aside from in-studio portraits of families and individuals, the photographers also venture out to events such as weddings, birthday parties, and reunions and specialize in performance shots for dancers or band members.
Edward J. Parent specializes in portraits, capturing shots of families, models, and children in his downtown studio. He also brings his photography talents on-location to immortalize memories of special events, such as weddings, sweet 16s, or senior portraits for graduation.
Though Lauren Cooksey started out with just a Salvation Army camera in hand and three children in tow, the photographer and single mother was determined to fulfill her dream of achieving a successful career in her chosen art. Her talent and sheer willpower paid off; today, Lauren continues to snap shots under the moniker Cooksey Photo and has even enlisted one of those aforementioned toddlers, Tracy, to join her mission.
With 20 years of industry experience behind them, the mother-daughter photography team captures candid images of individuals and families, crafting prints with warm, sepia tones brushed with custom color. During photo shoots, the duo uses handmade sets and props to coax out the personality of each baby, graduating high schooler, or beloved mannequin. Afterward, they select the best image to edit before dressing it up with daubs of digital color. Finished prints from a family session spruce up a lonely end table, or a print from a pet photo shoot can enliven a mantel in a doghouse. The new in-home studio, which opened in June 2011 is also child-friendly.