Marvelously Made Photography's expert image-crafter creates angelic photos of expectant mothers and newborn babes in comfortable, relaxed photo shoots. Perfect for new or soon-to-be parents or as an alternative to staid shower gifts such as baby polish, the sessions take place at the home of head photographer Kathy Smith, whose living room transforms into a memory-capturing photo studio with the help of equipment such as a black background and photographic lighting. Smith is sure to set aside enough time to ensure enough time for babies to forget their work-related stress and relax into placid, picture-taking moods.
Many photographers can snap portraits of children, but the photographers at Leasures Designer Portraits snap portraits of fairies. With glittering wings and wreaths of flowers in their hair, the fairies—really youngsters outfitted in the studio’s costumes—pose in vibrant woodland sets. The studio’s creative portrait shoots can also capture kids posing with live bunnies. The team’s eclectic array of specialties allows for more than childhood photography; the professional shutterbugs also immortalize high-school seniors holding aloft their favorite instruments or the expanding stomachs of moms-to-be.
Inside her studio, photographer Leighanne Preuss does more than just take pictures. She makes them—or rather, builds them—by piecing together film cameras by hand. In combination with her BFA in fine-art photography, this deep appreciation of the photographic process plays a big role in shaping her introductory workshops. In fact, Leighanne often encourages students to discard automatic settings in favor of making manual adjustments of exposure time, lenses, and fake mustaches. Outside the classroom, Preuss practices what she preaches, snapping high-quality footage of families, kids, and weddings.
Shelly Ivy's parents probably figured they were indulging a passing phase when they bought their 8-year-old daughter a blue camera with a flash bulb. As it turns out, that gift steered Shelly toward a career in photography that fully manifested when she opened Ivy Studios Photography with her husband Brandon. The duo specializes in wedding and portrait photography, and their work regularly graces Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice awards. Sharing a fondness for rock 'n' roll, they bring an enthusiastic energy to their clients' photo shoots, which commemorate occasions ranging from happy nuptials and momentous graduations to the fire walk that closes out every family reunion. When they're not focusing lenses on brides or setting up surveillance on ring bearers, the pair stages introductory and advanced photography classes that help students fluently maneuver around their digital cameras.