Photo Element Studio is a photographer’s dream—the interior is a Rubik’s cube of different settings, colors, and backdrops, and the half-acre garden studio has rural, rustic charms such as a rushing creek and a tattered shed. For photographers Tait and Julie DeBaca, the studio is the setting for their family, newborn, and high-school-senior portrait sessions. Many of the photographs in the duo’s portfolio have saturated, contrasting colors, which help to accentuate the green trees and blue skies of an outdoor shoot or highlight the subjects’ faces and emotions of a black-and-white photo against a white backdrop. The photographers also let the sun's natural light impart a sense of warmth, but not like the one you get in your cheeks when someone catches you eating ice cream straight from the carton with your finger.
Gleaming under the pale light of the winter sun, blades slice along the smooth surface of Resort Center Ice Skating Rink, sending icy dust spraying in their wake. Surrounded by the quaint, Bavarian-style walls of the Village shopping center, the outdoor oval beckons guests wishing to discover what ice skating was like before indoor rinks confined it and ice sharks rendered neighborhood ponds off-limits. Periodically throughout each public-skate session, a zamboni buffs the subzero sheet to present skaters with a surface as smooth and gentle as the festive tunes filling the air. Guests circle around hand-in-hand, remarking on the surrounding Christmas lights and fir trees while fledgling skaters focus on their footing and grasp complimentary ice-skate trainers for balance.
Between pirouettes or mad dashes across the rink, hands can warm up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate in the skate house.
After 13 years of photographing landscapes as a hobby, Darci Amundson attended a pin-up-themed group photography event at an old gas station. From then on, she told examiner.com, she forsook sceneries in favor of human subjects, building a career around boudoir, high school senior, and family portraits. She beautifies clients with professional makeup before setting up sultry pin-up images, frames students at up two locations in up to eight outfits, and captures families at their favorite locales, such as the backyard tree house where the neighborhood model UN meets. Darci combines the spontaneous look of photojournalism with her meticulously planned compositions, lighting, and poses.
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