In the curtained-off confines of a photo booth, revelers adjust a digital screen’s controls, then mug for the camera wrapped in feather boas, eyes obscured behind sunglasses. The props and the booth come courtesy of Switek Entertainment, whose photo booths and chief disc jockey—who spins under the name DJ Switek—energize crowds at Michigan wedding receptions and parties. The company also draws on connections to Comfort Limo, Tramontana Photography, and other area businesses, matching hosts with party essentials, such as guests who can put their hands in the air for the entire duration of an event.
Photographer Steve Dean—whose wedding photography has graced the cover of Lansing City Limits magazine—brings out clients' unique personalities in striking, personal photographs. Portraits of individuals, high-school seniors and kids capture fleeting moments in time. Professional acting and modeling headshots highlight charisma and charm, and glamour-and-boudoir photo shoots draw out clients’ sensual sides. Dean expertly retouches finished photographs to remove blemishes or shrink down surrounding buildings so that clients can pretend to be giants.
Professional shutterbug Jen Carlynn calls upon eight years of professional experience to capture love in bloom with two-hour engagement photo sessions and snaps shots of smiling duos during 30-minute in-studio shoots. During outdoor, on-location engagement shoots, Jen fosters a comfortable, welcoming environment for pre-newlyweds as they gaze adoringly into each other's eyes, hold hands, or finish each other's sneezes on film. Black-and-white photo shoots for couples celebrate paired-up patrons of all stripes, from young sweethearts to partners celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Parents may also partake in the in-studio shoot with a child, provided their progeny is older than the age of 12, can sit through a 30-minute session, and isn't a wooden puppet brought to life by energy drinks.
The photographers, designers, and programmers at StudioThirty3 combine their skills to build websites and capture magical moments. For events in Grand Rapids or across the globe, their wedding photography and videography services go hand-in-hand with their photo-editing and color-correction skills, which they use to remove the appearance of any blemishes or lingering ghosts. In addition to nuptials, they snap artistic images of nature and landscapes as well as portraiture.
Jessica Christensen has spent much of her decade-long career photographing models prone to unexplained screaming fits—babies. Families in her First Year Baby Club enjoy a year’s worth of quarterly photo sessions, which document their tot’s transformation from a baby to a baby who makes mortgage payments. For subjects with more birthdays under their belts, Christensen captures lifelong connections in vivid, high-contrast shots of parents and children or newlyweds.
Christensen also helps budding photographers to compose their own professional-quality images with hands-on photo courses. Her introductory sessions focus on camera settings for point-and-shoots and DSLRs alike. More advanced workshops explore the shores of Lake Michigan and other outdoor venues, and they frequently involve portraiture practice with live models, rather than the less expressive faces of text-message emoticons.
Go Pro Prints' team helps customers preserve and display their photos and artwork as gallery-wrapped canvases, glossy posters, and stickers. Utilizing the same technology they use to make fine-art reproductions, the staff also produces crystal-clear backlit signs, color banners, and satin prints. As their expertise extends to editing and touchup, the crew can also correct an image's color, remove glass glare, or airbrush out distracting blemishes from mug shots.