Before becoming business partners, Jonathan and Lindsay Betz fell in love in the shadow of the St. Louis Arch. When they first met, John was just beginning a photography career while volunteering as a firefighter and Lindsay was a music therapist serving children with special needs. After their marriage, they both agreed that the perfect backdrop for their new life together needed more mountains and fewer geometry-inspired landmarks, so they went on road trips to find the perfect place to build a home and raise a family. They eventually landed in Colorado Springs, where their two children now frolic through grassy fields while Jonathan snaps photos amid the Rockies.
A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Jonathan's work has graced the pages of the New York Times. When he isn't capturing the candid smiles of high school seniors or families, or chronicling the happiest moments at weddings, he stays busy in the lab, retouching each image he captures to ensure that all colors are balanced and all Waldos are accounted for. He also hosts four-week, six-week, and one-day workshops, during which he fills students in on fundamental skills, image editing, and how to turn a photography hobby into a business.
Ugly Duckling Portraits' seasoned cameraman Charles Gilbert freezes moments into family, newborn, and infant portraits, senior pictures, and professional headshots. Gilbert captures images for one to two hours as customers pose in a chosen location such as a treasured family garden, terrace, or freeway underpass. Alternatively, clients can model at a private studio and fuse their images with a choice of more than 100 green-screen backdrops including fall trees, American flags, and streaming colors. Four to five business days after sessions, customers can peruse an online slideshow of up to 40 images captured during the shoot and select one to take home as an 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" print, or select five images to be digitally retouched. Finally, the studio prints the client's favorite image with luster or glossy finish, and prints the client's most despised image onto a napkin and sets it aflame.
Charlie Dunn found his calling when he saw a photographer shoot a wedding, producing memorable pictures?that had a profound emotional effect on the people who received them. Charlie wanted to be a part of that, so he honed his skills studying under the very photographer who inspired him. Two years later he struck out on his own and founded?Photography Dunrite Studios. Today, Charlie shoots weddings as often as family portraits, working equally well on location?the stream in South Shooks Run Park is a favorite spot to take pictures?or in his 2,000-square-foot studio, which features cinematic-style backdrops to spice up any shoot.