Angel Malone—the owner and artist behind Photography by Angel—specializes in capturing creative images of families, children, and beloved pets. Malone can set up in-studio or on-location portrait shoots and outfit kids with a variety props that are worth a thousand words, such as fairy wings, electric guitars, or copies of War and Peace. She also travels to document weddings, and helps guests celebrate other occasions with Pizazz portrait parties that include dance music and a DVD slideshow with popcorn and refreshments.
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Erika Dely snatches fleeting moments right out of space-time as she goes about her work. During each shoot, she takes an amalgam of spontaneous and posed pictures to retain both photojournalistic realism and formal sophistication. She can also subtly enhance photos with desaturation, impressionistic filters, and macaroni noodles. Though she prefers working on-location, Erika also crafts personality-rich images in her studio upon request.
As VCRs collect dust in garages and home movie projectors find themselves retrofitted into spinning wheels, it gets harder to access past footage of birthdays and holidays that are trapped on analog formats. Fortunately, the technicians of Y NOT 3 Video Productions specialize in scraping memories from their celluloid prisons and converting them to usable digital formats. That expertise stems from their extensive knowledge of video and audio systems, which can also be turned toward projects such as producing corporate commercials or video love letters to pets. With their skills in video editing and broadcast-level equipment, the team also cuts together attractive reels with specials effects, graphics, and eye-catching transitions.
Artist Rine Boyer approaches her work with the idea that a person’s surface is only that, and we are “always trying to understand what the other person is about,” as she explained to Chicago Weekly. To represent the person within, she uses iconic shapes, including everything from bicycles to watering cans, to create shadowing within her commissioned portraits. For the convenience of her clients she bases drawings and paintings on an uploaded image.