At age 10, it was choreographed dance moves, Miami Vice_–inspired suits, and mixtapes. During his teenage years, it was stints on MTV's _The Grind and appearances in music videos and national commercials. Nelson Cruz has always had a knack for bringing the party with him, a talent that he parlayed into a gig as a master of ceremonies and event planner for one of New York’s exclusive entertainment agencies. Now in business for himself, Nelson brings his considerable experience and Rolodex full of party contacts spanning Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island to bear on all of life’s special occasions. Whether supplying photo booths for a rock 'n' roll themed wedding, or carving an ice sculpture in the shape of Honus Wagner, Cruz and his crew outfit bashes with theme-appropriate appropriate entertainment and the latest lighting and sound equipment. Cruz collaborates closely with hosts, listening to all their pre-party needs before dispatching seasoned DJs, photographers, and party motivators—most of whom moonlight as actors and dancers—to keep dance floors filled with moving feet and happy faces.
When parents need to prove to their children that jolly old St. Nick is real, they call on Santa On Camera. Using a digital photo maker, Santa On Camera lets parents upload real pictures of their house and then place in images of Santa. Sizing, color, and brightness options ensure seamless integration, creating images that capture Kris Kringle in poses such as emerging from the chimney or enjoying milk and cookies.
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.
For more than 25 years—and two generations—Visions Forever has been preserving memories through revitalized heirlooms and fresh photographs. Their lab techs keep nostalgia intact by restoring old photos and transferring outdated video formats onto DVD. For newly minted memories, its photographers snap family portraits during indoor or outdoor photo shoots. After retouching the photos, they place them online for easy viewing by friends and relatives. They also capture once-in-a-lifetime moments at weddings. Crews travel to these special events, where they take video and photographs.
When Andreia Lima-Makkas was growing up in Brazil, her passion was dance. Soon, however, she started noticing the photographers who chronicled the performances of her professional dance troupe. As she admired their pictures, which she says were like "a form of choreography," her passion began to shift. She moved to the US and spent many years in human resources and counseling, but the call of her fascination with photography eventually roared too loud to be ignored. Andreia went to The New England School of Photography, where she learned how to grow and harvest her own lenses, and soon she cultivated a cache of skills that landed her work on the pages of Bride & Groom Magazine. At Unique Studio of Photography, she draws upon her lifetime of skills to, in her own words, "deliver images beyond breathtaking."
Candid moments—a mom sticking out her tongue at her kids, a child's gapped smile, a couple's loving gaze—are the moments the photogs at Coughlin Photography love to capture. They get all those little quirks and funny faces on digital film during in-studio shoots for families, couples, kids, and even pets. Ready to deliver on all photographic needs, they also arrange tasteful, seductive boudoir sessions that can include professionally styled hair and makeup.