Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
A studio art major at Mount Holyoke College, Amika Gair experimented with numerous forms and materials, even spending a semester in Italy handcrafting boxes. But by graduation, she had finally settled on photography, and set out to refine her newfound trade through internships with local wedding photographers and nearby studios. She was soon inspired to open Amika Gair Photography, which lets her break free of the studio in favor of on-location sessions, capturing everything from families running on the beach to kids playing in the park. With her various packages, she preserves her best work with products such as prints, canvas wraps, and digital files stored on CDs or flash drives.
Driven by a love of family and memories, Amy Paradis snaps shots of her clients' milestones from weddings to house sales. Her portraits run the gamut from maternity or professional styles to senior pictures. Additionally, her wedding photography captures all the frenetic energy of the ceremony before her editing removes any wedding-crashing bears from the photos. She also helps local businesses generate revenue and incite customers' hunger pains with real estate and food photography.
Reality shows are a guilty pleasure for Claudia, though she strives to document reality in a more flattering light as a photographer at Hello Fabuluxe. Her creative wedding shoots capture couples holding one another under streetlights, bridal parties chatting and beautifying before the ceremony, and still lifes of the bride's dress and shoes or her traditional solid blue contact lenses. Claudia also expresses her enthusiasm for glitter—which she cites as her favorite color—in boudoir shoots, snapping tasteful, sultry shots where jewelry glints against delicate lingerie.
"We were always the kids in the group with cameras," Christopher Anderson reminisced in an interview with The Register Citizen of his more-than-decade-long friendship with Eric Dinnen. The two self-taught shutterbugs transformed their photographing hobby into freelancing careers before joining forces in 2010 to shoot local bands and stage performances. Soon thereafter they formed Iconography By, which hosts portraiture sessions in its naturally lit studio adorned with framed photos and canvas gallery wraps from recent shoots. Outside of the studio, Eric and Christopher capture cherished moments at weddings and corporate Survivor events. Clients can peruse their proofs two weeks after their session before determining which poses to preserve as prints or high-resolution digital images.
During shoots at Portrait Simple—a studio specialized in child, infant, maternity, and family portraits—skilled photographers snap an unlimited number of poses in front of a choice of backgrounds and provide the convenience of instant printing. Sessions can take any size group, accommodating families and close-knit juries. Models don simple duds without heavy patterns or logos and can tote props such as sports equipment or special blankies. After striking jubilant, winsome, or wrathful poses, guests sit down with the photographer to select images to turn into prints.