It was a personal event that sparked J Renee's passion for photography?she picked up her first camera the day her son was born. Armed with a love for her craft and a fine-arts degree from the University of Dayton, she snaps photos of weddings, families, newborns, high-school seniors, and cameras that don't yet have any pictures of themselves. Whether on-location or in her studio, the photographer focuses on capturing her subjects' true essence. This results in photos that are peppered with natural smiles and candid interactions, mirroring the comfort and warmth that J Renee herself brings to each shoot.
The photographer behind LaLaLand Works has a mission: to provide high-quality work with a personal touch. During shoots, she goes on-location to her client's choice of spot—indoor or outdoor—to photograph families, couples, children, and high-school seniors. She also uses her talents behind the lens to capture wedding pictures, boudoir shots, and business photos for proud CEOs to keep in their wallets.
Colorcraft Portrait Studio's photo shoots don't just document families' special moments?they may save lives. Colorcraft's central mission is to raise funds for local volunteer firefighters, rescue workers, and EMS crews through donations received in exchange for family portraits. Over the decades, three generations of photographers have helped raise more than one million dollars through the program, providing emergency workers with indispensable life-saving equipment and training programs.
Photographer Dan Cleary is much more than a photographer?he's an artist. In fact, Dan has a Masters of Fine Arts degree to prove it. Perhaps that's why, as the photographer at Cleary Creative Portraits, he's been in business for more than two decades. Or perhaps it's the promise he makes to his clients that if they aren't over the moon about their photos, he'll return their payment in full. But with his eye for capturing family portraits, newborn babies, wedding days, and other special occasions, those instances are rarities.
At a family bonfire, Courtney Frederick, then 15, took some pictures to cure her teenage boredom, according to a SnapKnot interview with the young owner of C.Marie's Photography. The developed shots caught the eye of a fellow churchgoer who owned a portrait studio in the mall. Courtney landed a job and spent her high-school years snapping the same shots of every customer, eventually growing weary of the creative restraints. She decided to enroll in the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology and, once she had received her degree in portrait photography, went into business with her own camera. Nowadays, Courtney travels throughout Ohio, capturing genuine smiles in portraits and snapping brides watering their flower girls during wedding shoots. She also takes pictures of party guests with her signature fauxto-booth, a kiosk-free photo zone that lets anyone get their picture taken with professional equipment against a simple backdrop. For charity, Courtney draws on her expertise as a wedding photographer for Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit that aids people with a terminal illness with their wedding plans.:m]]