Since starting Blackbird Foto—named Best Wedding Photography Service in South Florida by brides on The Knot—Alisa's lens has zoomed in on weddings from London to California. She specializes in capturing couples' big days in a style that she describes as a blend of fine art and documentary photography, a natural expression as seen in magazines. She might catch candid shots of bridesmaids applying the brides' makeup, the happy couple looking into each other's eyes while walking down the aisle, or the family dog slicing into the wedding cake. But Alisa trains her camera's eye on couples before and after they hit the altar, too, with equally artistic engagement and family portraits.
For close to two decades, photographer Carlos Osorio has been preserving family memories at Miami Photo. He has documented more than 400 weddings, and his laid-back, journalistic style has been published in numerous media. Assisted by his wife Sandra, Osorio earned one of WeddingWire.com's Bride's Choice awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He turns brides' special days into prints at his own professional lab and converts images into products such as coffee-table albums, canvas prints, or high-resolution vinyl siding. Osorio also captures family portraits, parties, and quinceaňeras, and restores precious photos damaged by the passage of time.
Armed with the latest in digital technology, the fine-art portraitists at Photovison Photography preserve festive family likenesses during 45-minute in-studio shoots. Posing troupes sit amid flattering lights, changing outfits mid-session to show off Christmas-themed sweaters or matching elf costumes. After online proofing, select an image to apply to a blizzard of photo cards for loved ones across the country and one 5"x7" print to hang above the mantle. Though not included in this deal, if requested in advance, Photovision Photography can supply a hair and makeup stylist to glamorize grandma or strap wax smiles onto chronically sullen teenagers.
Barquin Photography, formerly Lil' People Portrait Gallery, is a studio steered by husband-wife team Carlos and Eli Barquin. As parents themselves, they know how important it is to get portraits of kids before they grow up and become surly tax accountants, so they offer clients a special Le Bebe collection. This captures pictures of kids at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.
Carlos, the former chief photographer for Telemundo's morning show from 2000 to 2009, snaps images of the kids, and Eli, a former first-grade school teacher, wrangles them together and keeps them smiling.
Carlos and Eli work alongside Armando Pico, who shoots the studio's senior portraits and is a wedding photographer, as well as Javier Uria and Gino Reyes, the sports and school shutterbugs. Then there's Sandra Gutierrez-Uria, who retouches photos and erases immature hand gestures made by imaginary friends. Clients get to review these photos on the lobby's flat-screen TV.
Maria-Ines Clarke, the owner of Boudoir by Marie, lavishes her clients with a detail-oriented service that frequently starts with glasses of champagne and hair and makeup styling. After subjects pick flattering threads from the corset rack, Clarke coaches them in seductive poses and facial expressions such as pouty lips or come-hither bunny ears. Her photo packages offer a range of shoot options from one to two hours, which ultimately yield printed booklets or online galleries of approximately 80 images.