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 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 captures the seductive aura of female subjects during 30 minutes of in-studio boudoir snapshots. Jen harnesses eight years of professional experience to create a comfortable, welcoming environment for each of her models as they pose alluringly or sneeze candidly on film. Postshoot, clients select their seven favorite shots, which Jen will then edit and assemble onto a CD so customers can print photographs at their own discretion. Though not included in this Groupon, clients can upgrade their service to include hair and makeup treatments, photo books of various sizes, or custom lingerie.
EZ E-Prints is a family-owned, professional photo-finishing and printing center, specializing in providing high-quality personalized products designed by the customer and refined by a highly skilled technician. By downloading EZ E-Prints' free software customers can combine their cherished digital photos with easy-to-follow templates to design meaningful calendars ($30), single-fold cards ($1.30+ each), business cards ($0.15–$0.35 each), posters ($2.50–$3.75), canvas wraps ($64.99+), and more. Customers have the flexibility to choose their preferred photo finish, color, and font type before entrusting the quality of the final product to a professional finisher who will use his expertise to decipher which red eyes should be removed and which are the natural result of years of selective breeding. Shipping is free for all orders over $20, and all card orders include envelopes to keep your intimate messages safe in the claws of your favorite carrier pigeon or most-trusted taloned mailman. Check out the helpful tutorials to guide you through the design process, and start crafting your personalized prints today.
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.