Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
For more than three decades, MarDel Photography owned by Jerry Hansen and Cliff Winegar have captured priceless memories through award-winning photography. At MarDel Photography & Design, the duo snaps shots of children, families, newlyweds, and graduating seniors. Their photo-booth-rental services enliven parties and allow clients to snap their own images.
When photographer Haley Hodges takes a photo, she doesn't want subjects to turn out looking like American Gothic, all stiff-necked and solemn. Instead, she keeps shoots loose, engendering natural, relaxed interactions between couples and family members. Her approach helps clients have fun and percolate with candor, generating moments worth capturing.
Entering one of The Framing Establishment's locations is like walking into an art gallery. Large traditional landscapes and contemporary abstracts hang on the walls, and shadow boxes housing portraits and collectibles line the shelves. Amid this modern decor, professional framers scuttle about, sizing objects and answering customers' questions. They help their patrons pick out ready-made frames and art or consult with them to determine flattering custom mouldings and mats for their photos or most impressive parking tickets. They also help customers transform their TVs into works of art by providing frames and fabrics that complement home furnishings.
Bruce Jolley is an ace at lighting, while his wife Tammy has an eye for details. The two Certified Professional Photographers have honed their craft for 35 years, coaxing playful pin-up poses and intimate boudoir shots before the colored and patterned cloth backdrops of Studio J. Bruce and Tammy encourage clients to bring their flirtiest vestments to each shoot, be it a bikini, mini skirt, or form-fitting suit of armor. As clients lean on prop furniture or sprawl on fuzzy carpeting, the Jolleys make sure their lens captures only the most flattering angles for each body type while seamlessly shifting between brilliant color shots and artistic black and white images. Although they work best as a team, clients can opt to be photographed by Tammy alone.
Don Polo Photography owner Adilfa Ford named her business after the grandfather who raised her on a rustic farm in La Luz, Venezuela. The only surviving pictures of her late mother and grandparents were taken by Adilfa herself as she honed her shutter skills and nurtured the seeds of photographic passion into a blossoming love of the visual arts. Accompanied by her husband, Russ Ford, Adilfa travels the globe to teach photography seminars and add to an impressive resume of more than 800 weddings, returning to her Taylorsville studio to snap more portraits of familial love and newlywed bliss. An ample amount of studio and garden space accommodates small and large portrait groups as they have their contagious smiles immortalized, posing in front of vibrant backgrounds or flourishing greenery. After the team of professional flash dispatchers finishes capturing precious moments, they digitally enhance, retouch, and spellcheck each picture's 1,000 words.