After capturing the photography bug at the historic Ferranti-Dege, Krzystyna Harber honed her skills and founded Vintage Girl Studio. Specializing in old-timey imagery, Harber creates traditional pinup prints that evoke famous, flirty portraits of yesteryear's starlets and Coke bottles. Each private photo shoot, whether vintage-themed or boudoir, takes place in an intimate, sunlit studio with hardwood flooring. Professional makeup artists and hairstylists spruce up pouts and coifs, helping women feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera's winking eye. A selection of packages allows subjects to commemorate their sessions with prints, digital files, or novelties inscribed with a sensual image.
As a photographer with years of experience, Jennifer DeCesari provides an attentive and personalized experience that yields bold and spontaneous images. Portrait sessions (for children, high-school seniors, families, and expectant mothers) take about two hours. Her snaps always produce charming images and sometimes prove someone is a vampire when only his or her clothes show up in the photo. Prior to each session, a consultation covers poses, clothing, and location options, while a relaxed approach ensures subjects don’t feel rushed or remain adamant about taking their winter coat off.
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.
Drawing creative inspiration from hobbies that include crafting and cooking, photographer Jennifer Owens specializes in capturing spur-of-the-moment images of engaged couples, families, and newborns. She also shares her expertise in classes that introduce beginners to concepts such as adjusting ISO settings on a digital camera or using the right shutter speed for moving subjects. Owens is equally comfortable in outdoor settings, and can demonstrate how to take advantage of the magical "golden hour," the time around dawn or dusk when the sun adds warmth to portraits and turns photographers’ photos of raw pizza dough into fully baked pizzas.
Photographer DeVa Akman knows how much people value time spent in the company of family and friends—and she wants to help make those moments last a lifetime. DeVa lends her savvy eye to wedding shoots, family portraits, and landscape photography.
Couples rarely enjoy a third wheel on a date, but Chef Michael is no ordinary third wheel. The certified personal chef whips up restaurant-quality dishes—such as pasta crepes stuffed with ricotta and napa valley lamb—in home kitchens, transforming cozy nights into special occasions. He can also craft smorgasbords of tapas for ladies’ nights, cater small dinner parties, or enhance football games with handmade snack spreads. In his hands-on cooking classes, he teaches his students not only to make similar repasts at home, but to pair their food with appropriate beverages, such as steak with pinot noir, or swordfish with a cocktail of ocean water and Great Blue-dini Kool-Aid.