Bright eyes and toothless smiles are regularly flashed at Little Nest Portraits, where the photographers specialize in children's portraiture. Owner Laura Novak and her quirky, talented staff love to fish for spontaneity and smiles during in-studio and outdoor photo shoots. Like backwards magicians, their trick is preparation: they chat with families beforehand to run down the session, pick up personality traits, and dish out tips such as what to wear. After frames are snapped, their home-design specialists can augment the prints with accessories such as hand-painted frames, canvas wraps, and gallery mounts.
Moments are captured in the comfortable studio, which creates a natural aesthetic with charming textures and a blend of modern furniture and antiques. Not content with merely decorating walls and mantels, the studio also strives to make its community more beautiful, giving back to a number of charities and working with school fundraiser programs.
While looking through Nikicham Photography's portfolio, artful composition and elegant lighting jump out of the frame. But the pictures also exude their own distinct playfulness—whether it's a bride showing off her garter or a model gently biting the index finger on a long, black leather glove. These elements reflect the personality of the photographer, Shannon McMahon, who brings a love of family and a zest for life to everything she does. Though photography is her chief passion, her bon vivant energy is evident in her pursuit of other hobbies, including dancing and Zumba, which she is certified to teach professionally.
When she's not shooting the runway struts of New York City models, April Holland is snapping portraits of families and newborns with the same pizazz. April works closely with clients to develop a style unique to them, encouraging them to come up with clever ideas and locations for shoots. She also suggests bringing props that are either meaningful or plain silly to add a personal touch to each session.
Iron Orchid Photography specializes in on-location portraits of kids, weddings, and families. Elegant moments come to life in snapshots set against backgrounds filled with nature and sunlight, capturing the essences and relationships of individuals or families. Every photography package—be it for a wedding, event, or portrait shoot—includes retouching and an online gallery. Ongoing updates and examples of the studio's work can be found on their blog.
At PiXcara Studios, specialists in video production work to create custom intros, backgrounds, and voiceovers for product videos or commercials. Previously contracted to create videos for MLB All-Star games, the team has experience shooting promotional videos, product demos, and more.
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.