Kelsey Therese Addy believes in the power of communication. She confesses to a dislike of silence, and surrounds herself instead with music and conversation. In part, it’s because of this passion for making connections with people that her photographs are so stunning. She has an ease with clients that makes it possible for her to find the moments they're after, and her proficiency and experience in photography is what enables her to capture them. The individual character of her clients informs each of her images, which range from in-studio shoots of newborns and outdoor shoots of families to candid shots of romantic, snow-studded weddings and balmy, magma-studded weddings.
In 2008, Jason Walters transitioned from hobby photography, a lifelong passion, to professional shoots at car shows. At Otaku Photography, he homes his lens at car and race events as well as cosplay conventions, where he documents the intricate costumes constructed by fantasy and sci-fi fans.
For more than 35 years, the professional photographers at Mortensen Portrait Design have framed personal moments with timeless elegance. In the interest of honoring each client's unique aesthetic, the staff engages subjects during every step of the portrait process. Their catalogue of studio backgrounds and sets accommodates high-school seniors, family groups, children, and pets, whose images are always given the classical treatment: technicians bond the images individually to canvas or print them with a textured finish, then apply a coat of clear glaze. The resulting product befits most any mantelpiece perch or sophisticated vehicle, where it can function as a fancy upgrade from a rearview mirror.
The studio's child-friendly services benefit its customers and the community as a whole. Fairy portraits—shot in an onsite garden to reduce run-ins with feral toadstools—bestow youngsters with shimmery wings for a charming keepsake. Additionally, during their annual Cute Kids Portrait Contest, more than $10,000 in session payments, orders, and votes go to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund.
A toddler’s first messy encounter with cake; a high school senior’s smile of farewell; a blissful groom’s loving gaze. These are just a few of the sweet moments Heidi Mielke and Emily Blasquez have captured over the years. Heidi brings a fresh, whimsical perspective to photography that shines through in her snapshots. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, she strives not only to collect clients’ memories, but to also make visible their inner spirits and personalities. She lends her services to life’s happiest occasions, documenting everything from engagements and weddings to births and graduations.
Since 1967, Art's Cameras Plus has been a destination not only for cameras but also for photographic knowledge. A staff of helpful employees, all of whom are Certified Photographic Consultants, help shoppers chose the right lens for their photo shoot, the best camera within their budget, or an appropriate filter for photographing draculas. Though not included with this Groupon, occasionally the team at Art's Camera Plus also partners with representatives of major camera companies to offer workshops that cover advanced topics on using Sony, Nikon, or Canon digital SLR cameras.
When it comes to the arts, Jes Sudbrink has lots of passion to go around. She's a skilled choreographer, theater director, performer, and graphic designer. At White Anchor Photography, she flexes yet another artistic muscle: picture-taking. Her subjects are as eclectic as her interests—not only does she snap shots of families, couples, and kids, but also headshots and promotional stills for bands. To preserve her work for clients, Jes offers products including online galleries, discs of digital images, and prints.