For the all-female staff at Revival Pinups, boudoir photography is all about collaboration. They listen to and incorporate clients' ideas during every step of the photo shoot, from applying makeup, to choosing outfits, to finally striking a pose. Some of their shots have been featured in Playboy Israel. Revival Pinups can snap alluring shots in-studio or on location, where they offer services such as boudoir parties for up to 15 guests or split personalities.
Digital experts at Chicago Producers immortalize precious family videos on VHS by using video-conversion technology to transport four videos of up to 120 minutes each onto four DVDs with on-disc title printing. Tech-savvy hands can also give new life to old photos by scanning a scratched, creased, faded, or water-damaged photo into a computer and using computer skills and dark magic to correct mistakes and even add color contrast. The image resuscitators then print a fully repaired 5”x7” picture.
With the help of Bespoke Photobooths, cheek-to-cheek smiles, fish faces, and festive smooches are captured instantly, allowing them to be splayed across refrigerators and photo books as mementos of happy gatherings. Suit-garbed attendants stand by and welcome up to six guests into the spacious photo booths, where partygoers can don an array of novelty props and pose before an LCD screen. Immediately following the camera flash, the booths kick out strips of color or black-and-white photos, with borders bearing custom text or dates marking weddings, birthday parties, and obedience-school reunions. The company can also arrange keepsakes such as photo books and DVDs for the hosts as a permanent reminder of their special day.
Calling upon seven years of editorial photography experience, Kendall Karmanian shoots people, places, things, and nouns with reckless abandon. During sessions, clients work with Kendall to collaborate on ideas, concepts, and the overall direction of the shoot. Each snapshot presents his subjects creatively and thought provokingly, balancing background and foreground elements to evoke moods and thematic elements.
"A great photograph has the power to forever remind us the beauty of our lives," photographer Argentina Leyva proclaims on her website. So it’s no surprise that her work centers on life’s more beautiful moments, with a focus on softly lit boudoir poses.
Leyva and her team of photographers switch effortlessly from the elegance of black-and-white studio shots to the full-color vividness of Chicago's streets. Never one to settle for boring poses or predictable lighting, Leyva's traditional and boudoir portfolios feature high- and low-angle shots complemented by a combination of studio lighting and natural light that catches the glint in her subjects' eyes while hiding the spinach in their teeth. Leyva takes appointments during the week and on weekends to accomodate clients' busy schedules.
The shutterbugs at Doris Photography alternate between candid shots and casual poses of their subjects, drawing on skills they've honed for more than 20 years. Their flashbulbs flicker for weddings, headshots, and passport photos, and they capture images of newborns to adorn the book jackets of babies’ first novels. Far from a conventional photo studio, Doris Photography rents out its automatic photo booth, sends videographers to events, and creates custom slide shows and invitations.