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.
Oh My Dog!'s experienced photographers know just how to coax the stateliest pose from even the most mischievous of mutts. They'll capture the personality of your pet in just a few clicks. Sessions last up to an hour, providing plenty of time for water and snuggle breaks. Post-session, there will be a viewing session in which you will decide which picture is the most adorable. In addition to the included print, you can buy additional prints or upgrade to larger sizes. Check out some recent snaps on the Oh My Dog! blog. Bring in your four-legged friend for a shoot that will give him or her a chance to receive all the attention—in other words: business as usual.
Lauren Taylor lives in an orbit around the camera. As a teenager, she modeled in front of the lens. She later attended the Institute of Studio and Makeup Design, after which she would collaborate with photographers behind the camera. Lauren eventually gravitated to the camera itself, which she now wields with aplomb in her own photography studio. Here, her life-long experience and education converge in the work of shooting sumptuous and striking images.
Thanks to her time in the sights of the camera eye, Lauren has a particular way of making subjects feel comfortable. She especially enjoys sessions with other women, documenting expectant mothers or capturing sensual boudoir portraits. Otherwise, Lauren's newborn shoots capture babies in their most innocent state, before they learn to talk or knit a ski-mask. Lauren still exercises her eye for fashion, snapping stills for advertisements and industry headshots. She also documents weddings, taking a photojournalistic approach to event photography by capturing candid moments and emotional milestones.
Stephanie Sundell calls upon 18 years of fashion-photography experience to capture every fetching feature and smoky glance in sharp digital images. After scheduling a boudoir session and consulting with exclusively female staff members, subjects don their sultriest teddy or skimpiest hazmat suit and step in front of the camera as the photographer offers knowledgeable guidance on poses and positions in a private and pressure-free setting. At the conclusion of the shoot, centerfolds saunter home to peruse and choose their favorite images on a password-protected website. Photo professionals retouch and enhance the chosen shots, then present clients with a CD of all 10 images to create as many professional prints, racy emails, or surprising mortgage applications as they desire. Subjects can also boost their bombshell status with professional hair and makeup services for an additional $75.
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The Boudoir Divas want to make the "ultimate supermodel experience" accessible to every woman, and the website's testimonial page offers happily tearful proof of that mission's success. For example, client Susan wanted to shed her everyday style for a day of flashbulbs and glamour. She starts her anecdote by describing the consultation she had in the jazzy, girly dressing room, and finishes her story by confessing that when she saw her prints, she cried. Susan described the experience as life-changing, saying, "it was just one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Second to my wedding."
Creating these unforgettable experiences is an all-female staff of photographers, makeup artists, and image editors, who run a 4,500-square-foot studio that houses a dressing room, more than 16 sets, and an area to review subjects' proofs. Spangled with vanity lights, the crimson dressing room is lined with a wall of shoes, and opposite, a wardrobe rack is strewn with leopard print, tulle, fringe, and lace, offering a variety of mix-and-match outfit choices. Numerous packages are available, and the Divas' portfolio is divided into Romantic, Supermodel Sassy, Fine Art, and Simply Beautiful categories.
Photographer Daniel Woods can hold his breath for 3.5 minutes, which comes in handy when he has to grab an underwater shot. An avid outdoorsman whose accomplishments include a 22-mile kayaking excursion to Catalina Island, Daniel found his way to photography through the continual inspiration he drew from wild landscapes, particularly ocean coasts. And then he wondered: why should these landscapes be limited to models and athletes posing for magazines? With that, Daniel launched Beach Shoot to make these wild backdrops accessible to anyone seeking an adventurous photo.
His shoots—which he calls “personal ad campaigns”—venture to locations where beaches, sea cliffs, and trails abound. During these shoots, he paddles along with his subjects to snap portraits and action shots while they're kayaking, standup paddleboarding, or belly-flopping on the exact spot where Venus was born. He posts sample shots to his online portfolio, organized into categories such as adventure kayaking, wildlife encounters, and portraiture. He also uses these dramatic backdrops to frame marriage-proposal shoots.