Flying Turtle Photography captures indelible images of kids and families during intimate snapfests. Photographer Melissa Gilbert brings a nuanced touch to maternity and newborn sessions, snatching honest expressions from tykes and proud parents. Flying Turtle’s 2,000-square-foot boutique studio illuminates compositions with both industry and natural light as Melissa puts her subjects at ease in front of a multitude of backgrounds. Alternatively, scenic outdoor spots set a natural backdrop for wedding photos, baby portraits, and Arbor Day publicity fliers, all of which can be printed by the studio.
Veteran photographer Bron Lowe brings a keen eye and a friendly demeanor to every shoot. In sessions conducted at scenic venues, Bron uses her lens to preserve fun and memorable moments, with an emphasis on family, maternity, couples, and newborn photography.
Lacy Hammack made her first forays into boudoir photography while living with her Marine Corps husband in the midst of the Mojave Desert. While she was first armed only with the skills of a yearbook photographer, she taught herself the ins and outs of professional studio lighting and photo editing, moving away from what she calls her "Photoshopographer" days to perfect a lighter touch that softly airbrushes imperfections while highlighting natural beauty. Lacy's extensive experimentation with lighting and posing has blossomed into a well-honed pin-up style that she and her all-female staff practice at AdoraLee Boudior Studio's two locations.
After passing through AdoraLee's storefront lingerie store (at the Norman location only), clients are treated to extensive coaching on how to get the most from their boudoir shoot. Pre-session pointers help women choose their ensembles; during the session, music and chatter sets the air at ease while photogs guide their subjects into every pose, snapping alluring eye-level shots in the makeup room or sensual high angle shots over the studio's fluffy bed. Four additional set options—including red damask or black velvet backdrops—inspire photographers as they expertly blend studio lighting with a wide variety of poses to flatter any body type. Through high-contrast color shots and classic black-and-white prints, AdoraLee photographers strive to make every woman—whether curvy, pregnant, postpartum, or mid-werewolf transformation—into a sensual siren.
When Troyce Smith was younger, she worked as a model, and like Michael Jordan, she learned what it took to make a beautiful shot. Now, years later, it’s her taking the photos, using the lessons she has gleaned over the decades to create beautiful pictures that immortalize treasured moments. Specializing in natural-light photography, Smith works together with her clients, asking, as she says on her website, "what story would you like to tell?" Zeroing in on each of her subject’s needs, she constructs photos that capture tender moments with newborns, loving looks between fiancés, and the cloaked resentment of family members who really wanted a statue made of them.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
The Petersens bend light to their will and draw emotions from families, children, and graduates to capture memorable portraits. Subjects travel to the Petersens' campus for one- to two-hour portrait sessions held inside their indoor studio or outside in a two-acre garden replete with blossoming flowers, benches, and a pond stocked with tiny Loch Ness monsters. Indoor portraits are captured between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and outdoor shots are taken at the beginning and end of the day, when the light is most compelling. Indoors or out, the photographers manipulate light and shadows to create mood and emotion. The Petersens also understand corneas to be much more than just the windshields of the brain, and focus on subjects' eyes to coax expression and spirit. Throughout the sessions, subjects strike an array of poses sitting on wrought-iron benches, standing in front of neutral backdrops, and engaging in polite conversation with tulips.