Kelsey Lynn was never an avid photographer, but that all changed when her niece, Desiree, was born. Suddenly Kelsey was spending hours behind the lens, documenting the child's every yawn and giggle. At Kelsey Lynn Photography, she channels the passion she felt for her first model during sessions with expectant moms, kids, and families. Rather than a studio, Kelsey prefers to snap her shots outdoors, capturing images that range from formally posed kin to candid shots of children at play.
With experience as a commercial photographer and digital-imaging specialist, Judy Reinford photographs kids, seniors, families, and pets. Judy accommodates clients by holding shoots at a preferred outdoor locale, allowing subjects to swap outfits in between posturing and grinning. Proofs are reviewed in a one-on-one meeting with Judy, and customers decide which digitally enhanced shots might best befit Judy’s selection of variously sized prints, mounted prints, digital images on CD, and canvas wraps. Judy can also create custom holiday cards for clientele celebrating the winter holidays or other special occasions.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Diana Pieper doesn't just strive for technically sound pictures—ones that exhibit artful balance, composition, and lighting—she wants her photos to go beyond the standard to say something meaningful about the people photographed. Before and during shoots, Diana gets to get to know her clients so that, as she looks into the lens, she can work to showcase elements of their personality. This same approach drives all of her work, from photo shoots with toddlers to high school senior photos to wedding ceremonies.
La Dolce Photography's cofounders Alan Bogusky and Dan Zitofsky began their own photography venture after Alan left his band's photo shoots dissatisfied with the photographer's work. Striving to capture a personal essence that was missing in those photos, the duo works with other seasoned shooters who immortalize over-the-shoulder gazes during photo shoots outdoors or within a spacious studio. The brick-walled space hosts meetings between passionate photographers, in-house professional makeup artists, and their prospective subjects. After sessions, editors retouch images to ensure immaculate skin, flawless lighting, and a background free of phone booths trying to jumpstart modeling careers.
La Dolce's photographers learn to keep subjects at ease and spot their cardboard-cutout replacements with the aid of trainers from affiliated Miami and London studios. For outdoor sessions and workshops, La Dolce partners with outdoor-nature photographer Jeff Berkes, whose lens has captured extreme weather and landscapes for publications such as National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and Outdoor Photographer.