The woman behind the lens at Snuggles Photography, Britney Kalanik, falls back on more than three years of experience while capturing life's milestones in a tasteful, artistic manner. A mother herself, Britney relates directly to the families, parents, and children she works with, and applies the same passion she has for snapping shots of her own daughter to her professional craft. Inside her spacious studio or at an outdoor location, Britney bends every session around the needs of her clients. She specializes in maternity portraits but also uses her keen eye to shoot weddings, seniors, and newborns.
After modeling in LA and Europe, Randall Scott found himself behind the camera, embarking on a 15-year career that saw his work grace the pages of magazines such as GQ, DNR, and Vogue. Scott's extensive experience with modeling as well as photography led him to develop a style that, like Arthur Fonzarelli after a hot-stone massage, is hip, youthful, and relaxed. As a specialist in senior and yearbook shoots, Scott immortalizes each subject's prime of life with striking, personalized portraiture and expertly styled hair and makeup.
Talented camera-tamer Heather Krautner captures the quintessence of children, newborns, and families with a blend of photojournalistic sophistication and graphic design. Round up family members wee through full-size for an initial consultation, during which Krautner will help you choose your shooting style and props, along with in-studio custom backdrops that range from sun-dappled meadows to slightly less popular flaming zeppelins. Unlimited outfit changes give session subjects the freedom to discover the perfect ensemble, as well as elude capture by implacable French police inspectors. Once the last flash has flushed, Heather will polish the photographic ore into visual gold using her professional editing and retouching wizardry, then post the proofs online in a password-protected gallery. Afterward, select the top shot for an 8"x10" print ($15 value).
At a young age, Brian Weitzel began capturing images with his dad’s 35 mm camera, spending his weekly allowance on developing his negatives. Today, he's a professional photographer who specializes in weddings. He has traveled the world for shoots and published his work in the Wall Street Journal. While working with clients, Weitzel obeys the golden rule—he strives to be the type of photographer he would hire. He photographs his subjects and events thoroughly, and boasts swift turnaround from shoots to finished prints. In addition, amateur photographers can benefit from his savvy during personal photography classes, which can teach DSLR or point-and-shoot camera techniques in a hands-on environment, rather than one in which students must carry their cameras with salad tongs.
A good photograph doesn't just capture a moment in time. It captures everything that surrounds and anticipates that moment—the four years leading up to graduation, the nine months before a baby's birth, or a long courtship that will soon end in marriage. The photographers of RiZel Photography do everything they can to capture images that represent their clients' lives, and the results are seldom short of stunning. Their casual, low-key demeanor helps clients relax under the camera's lens, and the result is a framed photograph or scrapbook that's worth saving for years to come.
Kreativ Imaging proudly brandishes a 2010 Best Of badge from The Knot—the comprehensive wedding-preparation network as well as membership to both the Professional Photographer's Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Its team of lens specialists demonstrates professionalism and technical expertise during each photo shoot and work to infuse shoots with artistic vision by taking advantage of creative angles. Afterward, patrons receive instant access to review and order photos from an online display database. In addition to wedding, business, and graduation photo packages, Kreativ Imaging provides videography and graphic-design services, as well as photo retouching, which can enhance snapshot clarity and minimize the presence of scene-stealing apparitions.