With a love for candid shots and days spent traveling to homes, weddings, and parks, life passes through photographer Stephen Jeffery Crabtree’s eyes as a series of still moments from which beauty can be taken, whether accidental or composed. Depending upon the size and nature of the shoot, he arrives by himself or with up to three other photographers to help him capture every angle of special moments. His fully equipped studio prints high-quality images on demand, and all wedding packages come with full rights for brides and grooms, who can print out favorite shots of themselves at their leisure and turn them into masks so that their special day lasts forever.
Each PHP Photography shoot begins with a one-hour consultation that allows the photographer to get a feel for the client’s unique personality. The results have yielded a portfolio brimming with of shots of families, children, and weddings, each full with character and impromptu smiles, earning PHP a Preferred Vendor nod from the Perfect Wedding Guide in 2011 and 2012. Consultations also serve to put clients at ease when capturing especially intimate moments, such as boudoir photography sessions or maternity sessions, which capture the nervous excitement or insatiable appetite for white truffles associated with awaiting a child. Design elements can add a vintage vibe with black-and-white or sepia filters, or images can travel through time in the opposite direction with modern, Warhol-esque effects.
At Moments Photography, seasoned shutterbug Lori Reeder combines top-notch picture-snapping skills with professional photography equipment, capturing images of everything from babies to blushing brides. With this deal, you’ll get a basic photo session ($45 value) in one outfit at Lori’s well-lit studio—perfect for immortalizing the shining smiles and model-imitation poses of your family or child. After the images have been frozen in film, the raw photos will be retouched and distilled into a video slideshow and mini proof book, offering up the purest essence of photogenic presence.
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.
Veteran South Bend photographer Aaron Allen captures landmark moments for his subjects and tailors his shoot and print packages to accommodate a wide range of budgets. His cameras snap senior portraits, actor headshots, and occasional on-location wedding images, taken after engagement sessions that document couples in poses that don’t make them resemble a two-headed person. Also an adept graphic designer, Aaron draws on more than a decade of experience when cropping, sizing, and editing the resulting images.