Rick Bern discovers beauty and intrigue in even the most mundane details of the world about him. Fueled by that passion, he turned his photography hobby into a full-fledged career, publishing work in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and winning the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire.com. With an armada of Nikon cameras and gear suited to on-location and in-studio shoots, he spends his days snapping crisply composed photos during weddings and bar mitzvahs, as well as portrait sessions for actors, families, and kids. Having grown his business so successfully, today Rick surrounds himself with a team of equally skilled full-time shutterbugs to better cover a wide range of events and shoots, and promises a 100% money-back guarantee if his customers aren’t completely satisfied with their sessions. He also commits himself to the community by working with organizations such as March of Dimes and Youk’s Kids.
Worcester Photo Studios unveils a picture-snapping emporium to customers and photographers alike. Inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, a dozen shooting areas surround sessions in a wide range of settings, and mammoth bay doors grant access to larger-than-life props, such as cars, boats, and scale replicas of downtown Worcester. For shutterbugs lacking their own home base, the studio offers a membership program that includes use of its spaces; in the future, the studio plans to install a classroom, salon-style stations, and a kitchen set, complete with fully functioning appliances and a fully functioning Emeril Lagasse.
Lightshed Photography Studio’s three heads—Daniel St. John, Kendra Hack, and Robert Reynolds—are not just photographers, but well-rounded visual artists. St. John began his career with pencil sketches, whereas Hack spent years sculpting, and Reynolds wielded a paintbrush well into college. The trio’s medium-spanning backgrounds shine through in their shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors, which pop with bright colors or elegant black-and-white contrasts edited in after the shoot.
The photographers divide their portrait shoots into two parts, seguing smoothly from traditional poses to more experimental shots as subject-selected tunes thump in the background. Beforehand, subjects hash out their shoot’s details in a consultation which covers specifics from proper dress and prop options to which Madam Tussauds' figurine will pose as their spouse. Afterward, subjects spend a viewing session perusing the best 40 or so proofs from the hundreds of shots snapped in their session, enjoying complimentary coffee or wine in the process.
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.
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.
Capture the Moment’s Christine Narciso ensures clients get the exact shoot they're envisioning by conducting 30-minute in-studio consultations prior to each session. During that time, she gets to know customers and chooses props and backgrounds, as well as the style of images. Before ending the powwow, she even helps clients pick the best place to hang their portraits. While Capture the Moment focuses cameras on kids, families, and weddings, its sister company, Shhh... by Capture the Moment Photography, snaps sultry boudoir shots.