Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
Whenever she begins a boudoir-photography session, Sherrlyn Borkgren teaches her subjects how to pose and flirt with the camera. If they lack confidence, she’ll help them open up and express their sensual side—a process that includes aiding the hairstyle- and lingerie-selection process. Sherrlyn doesn’t limit her talents to intimate photography—she’s also put others at ease snapping photos for People magazine and European photo studios as well as during photography workshops. In these hands-on lessons, she throws students directly into a project that requires them to apply the basics—such as manipulating manual settings and using natural light—as they learn.
The experienced shutterbugs at Fairytale Creations Photography immortalize memories with a personalized, energetic feel during one-hour on-location photo sessions. Prior to each shoot, up to four subjects-to-be fill out a questionnaire to help photographers customize each session to the group’s interests and ensure they’re not ghosts. Clients then meet the photographer at a scenic location of their choice within a 30-mile radius of Eugene to engage in an hour worth of smiles, hugs, and natural poses. Afterward, clients select images for their digital and hard-copy prints, and receive a complimentary online Facebook gallery to share with friends or lonely computers. Groupon holders also receive half off digital-collection purchases and 20% off their next session (excluding weddings).
As a husband-and-wife team, Brad Johnson and Jo Cain cover both halves of Digitizing-Memories' skill set. Brad Johnson brings more than 18 years of computer-networking experience, during which he ensured the safety and security of precious data. Jo Cain has been a hobbyist photographer since the age of 15, which, combined with more than 30 years of customer-service experience, perfectly suits the needs of media preservation. Together, Johnson and Cain archive precious memories and important documents, clearing video tapes and pictures from choked storage spaces and opening them up for the storage of DVD jewel cases and broken PC towers. Whether scanning vacation slides or converting film reels into usable digital files, the pair extends the life of memories far past the physical limits of celluloid and paper.
Drawing upon her extensive education in journalism, graphic design, and advertising, Kari Renee captures endearing moments and transforms them into fine, fashionable works of photographic art. Using a snap-happy selection of Nikon cameras, flashes, and lenses, Kari snaps sentimental shots of engagements, children, and families, relying most often on the flattering, natural light of the sun or nearby tanning beds. Finagle family poses, high-school-senior photos, or impromptu fashion shots at your home, or a scenic location of your choice. Or, swaddle smiling babes in Kari's studio amid a large selection of adorable props and backdrops such as feathers and antique bath basins. After the one-hour photo session, choose the images that best display your brood's personality and top-notch dental hygiene, and receive eight prints to hang prominently in your living room, bathroom, or home-office cafeteria. Groupon holders will also have access to a password-protected online gallery, where they can view and order additional images. Order a high-resolution DVD of the sitting images, (a $250 value, $125 for Groupon customers), or take advantage of a 10% discount on prints, albums, canvases, and other displays.
Like many artists, photographer Daniel Berman is constantly inspired by beautiful, mysterious muses—for him, they happen to be a squirrel-crazed pit-bull mix named Shasta and a curious basset hound named Lucy. An animal lover his entire life and a current foster parent of rescued dogs, Daniel strives to capture the unique personalities of his customers’ pets through expressive and occasionally heartwarmingly goofy candid images. Relaxed photo-shoot sessions are held at locations where pets feel most comfortable, be it at home, at a park, or around a backroom poker table.
Though Daniel's subjects are primarily of the four-legged sort, his landscape photos have received recognition from the Smithsonian Castle, which displayed his image “Broken Barn,” and the National Park Service, which selected his "Red Rock Canyon" from more than 10,000 entries in a competition.