Rick Hilyard, the master artist behind Hilyard Photography, specializes in capturing beautiful portraits of the most dangerous subjects known to man, be they the elusive high-school senior, roving packs of smiling families, or the hotbeds of rage and contempt that are babies. Hilyard draws on his 10 years of experience to create a portraiture that reflects the indomitable personality of both the subject and the artist.
Led by Amitai 'Ami' Sela, the staff of Amitai Sela Photography works to create timeless, classic images that tell a story. Working creatively with clients, Ami, along with photographers, captures indelible portraits or candid shots at events in the style desired. Packages for the first year of a baby's life help to document everything from maternity shots to learning to stand, and wedding packages can include slideshows set to music and special-effects editing.
One man crouches low, weapon resting on his shoulder. Another stands erect, a pair of binoculars held to his face. An entire military squad of toy soldiers stands ready for eternal battle within a shadow box crafted by Neal Raffensberger. The shadow box is one of 4,000 framing options showcased inside Raffensberger Photography & Framing's red-brick façade, where professional photographer and custom-framing specialist Neal and his assistant help patrons conserve their most beloved mementos. Multitudes of frames, mats, mountings, and glass—including conservation glass that blocks 99% of color-dulling UV rays—come together to display anything from photographs and posters to jerseys and wisdom teeth. Neal, who first dabbled in photography at the age of 5 in his father's basement darkroom, also flaunts his artistic eye behind the camera in the store's onsite studio. Families, couples, and proof-seeking Bigfoots can capture history in portrait sessions, which use digital photography to allow for immediate viewing after each shoot.
A picture is worth a thousand words, unless it's just a picture of 999 words or less. Today's deal gets you 88% off thoughtful thousand-worders with an in-studio session and three prints from DGN Photography for $25 (a $200 value). Along with your one-hour in-studio session (a $75 value), you get one 11x14 print (usually $75 value) and two 5x7 prints ($25 value each). The 11x14 print is mounted with satin finish, so you don't need any glass to show off everyone's faces (the 5x7s are printed with a lovely luster finish). You may also purchase additional prints or digital files with a 25% discount.
With more than 50 years of combined experience snapping and framing shots, the artists at Schwabe Studio Photography usher fleeting moments into the future during in-studio and on-location sessions. They specialize in photographing families, newlyweds, and soon-to-be-graduates, who can choose from seven unique senior portrait sessions. Sports-themed shoots showcase young athletes in action, and birthday parties inside the studio capture youngsters dressed in whimsical costumes. Once each session's shutters have snapped shut, the photo artists easily print out the digital images, which, unlike film images, need not be developed inside a stolen cocoon.
Photographer Christina Brown manages to cast everything in a flattering light. With a degree from The Ohio Institute of Photography informing her techniques, she snaps subjects against natural backdrops that lend each shot its distinct personality. An expecting mother stands against a field of growing ferns; a graduating senior launches into the air with a smile; a newborn rests soundly in his parents’ hands. In black and white or in highly saturated color, Christina’s images are precisely composed without feeling forced, an aesthetic that carries across her regular in-studio or on-location shoots, as well as wedding sessions that capture the big day better than embedding a hidden camera inside the cake.