When Sierra Abrams, an avid photographer since age 12, isn't behind her camera, most likely she can be found nose-deep in a classic book or writing one of her own stories. Sierra combines her passion for photography and literature, channeling her love for compelling storylines into dramatic portraits and narrative photo shoots. In addition to creating family photos, headshots, and wedding portraits, she excels in photographing children–not surprising, given her experience as a preschool teacher and nanny.
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. 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. To commemorate all photo shoots, she can also create storybook albums, multi-image videos, and metal wall art.
Heather is published photographer who's had two solo shows at the San Diego Art Institute. But many of her photos are only seen by about four eyes total. That's because she specializes in pinup photography, boudoir and maternity shoots, helping subjects unveil a sultry side of themselves that they can share with a special someone—or keep to themselves. Heather has staffed Shadow Boudoir studio with an all-female team that helps her subjects feel comfortable and confident. She's also stocked her in-studio wardrobe with props, such as humanely-raised zebra-print chairs. And, for clients who prefer to bring their own apparel, but don't know what to wear, Shadow Boudoir's concierges can even prepare custom outfit options at Fredrick's of Hollywood.
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.
Shadi Ameri briefly dabbled in the world of modeling, but soon realized that her true calling was behind the camera. At Studio Shadi Photography, she captures models striking dramatic poses amidst equally dramatic landscapes, including rocky cliffs, winding woodland paths, and exploding space stations. Her boudoir sessions result in images that are equally glamorous, while portraiture sessions focus on capturing subjects' personalities through elegant poses. To preserve those expressive and sultry shots, Shadi creates prints and photo albums as well as online galleries.