Dawn Nicoli's love of photography goes back to pulling all-nighters in the darkroom mixing chemicals and developing pictures. It's her hands-on approach that landed her the position of documentary photographer for Channel 8 in 1980. TV Guide even used her images to promote its feature stories. Garnering tons of experience during that time, she decided to start her own company, Nicoli Productions.
With her studio set on two acres of manicured landscape with waterfalls and cobblestone pathways, she says her photo sessions are like a relaxed time out in the park. Her natural ability to put clients at ease also keeps the environment casual and laid-back. Specializing in environmental portraiture, she takes advantage of the studio's surroundings to capture picturesque portraits of families, kids, and engaged couples.
She's also great at lifestyle and fashion shoots. Her editorial spreads in New Image Magazine, San Diego Bride, and Groom Magazine exhibit those skills. Her talents in lifestyle photography combined with her photojournalism experience means seamless wedding coverage, too. During weddings, she captures everything from the trip down down the aisle to the cake-cutting. To commemorate all photo shoots, she can also create storybook albums, multi-image videos, and metal wall art.
Kristine Wahner learned most of what she knows while working for her family's photography business in the Philippines, where she refined her artistic style and knowledge of camera equipment—which included becoming an expert at snapping pictures without digital editing as a backup. She continued picking business partners from her family tree, shooting pictures with her sister for three years in the United States before branching out on her own. Now she snaps contemporary photos, commemorating moms-to-be, newborns, and families, as well as high-school seniors, weddings, and intimate boudoir moments.
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Jaime Murray?s move west meant more sunshine, something she?d been dreaming up for the previous eight years as an advertising photographer in Philly. And though her prior work is many miles away, traces of that past job are still noticeable in her stylized photography. A lot of her images have highly contrasted and saturated colors that are accented by a soft focus, which creates a glowing, blurry aesthetic that evokes a dream-like state or the state after staring at sun for too long. She stamps her style on images during wedding, maternity, family portraits, engagement, and boudoir photo shoots, in addition to photos of restaurant dishes, musicians, and actors.
Dennis Mock's self-proclaimed spontaneity and documentary spirit have earned him dozens of local and national awards from photographers associations and national camera companies. His background in sports photography allows him to capture split-second moments of joy or truly spectacular action passes of familial play, and his experience in architectural photography gives him a natural sense of composition—whether he’s at parks, beaches, or shooting a newborn session in his professionally lit studio. Before each shoot, he discusses costuming and venue choice with clients to decide how and where to best capture the earnest smiles of graduates and high school seniors, the savvy stare during business head shots, the doting looks of parents, the proud family and kid moments, and the uninterested glances of celebrity trees. When he's not out taking photos, Dennis is busy helping others hone their composition and lighting skills during photography workshops that cover everything from camera functions to digital editing and the importance of storytelling.