Though she dedicated herself to fine photography for years, exhibiting black-and-white collections in New York and Paris, Tiziana DiTullio felt an emptiness at the center of her work. Despite the artistry of her photos, Tiziana felt that she wasn't giving full expression to her passion for photography or making the contribution to society that she so desired. This all changed in 2005, when a nonprofit invited Tiziana to Brazil's Jequitinhonha Valley to take pictures of the people living there, igniting a newfound passion in her for photographing families and children. Since then, DiTullio has specialized in beautifully composed shots of newborn babies, pregnant mothers, and smiling families, immortalizing happy moments on film for posterity and the people who walk through strangers' living rooms.
Fiorella Image Studio understands that each moment is fleeting, but not when a camera is present. Their photographers apply expertise in composition, lighting, and angles toward capturing those moments for preservation during portrait sessions for families and kids. With the same elegance, they also shoot engagement sessions and weddings.
After more than 10 years in the business, Daniel Coyle has developed a photojournalistic, editorial, and documentary style of photography. He uses his camera to tell real stories, traveling to weddings to capture the smiling faces of newlyweds and their families. In addition to these intimate affairs, Mr. Coyle regularly snaps photos at public and corporate events. This eye for detail has earned him features in Modern Bride and Martha Stewart Weddings, among other international publications.
As a former fashion print model, Michael Huhn knows how to work a camera. He proves he’s just as talented on the other side of the flash, however, during photo shoots at his New York, LA, and Miami studios. The Brooklyn native—whose images have been published in a self-titled book—specializes in portraitures, in which he plays with light and shadow to create dynamic shots of clients.
As the recession deepened, Metro Art & Frame owner Bo Okuyan found that demand never slackened for one market of art collectors: parents. Mr. Okuyan's business savvy caught the attention of the New York Times' Michael Winerip in 2010, who noted that a steady supply of finger paintings and crafts had caused Bo to rethink his definition of art. “All kids are artists, that’s how we look at it now,” he said. Whether upgrading fridge-hung stick-figure portraits to a permanent gallery or framing a more traditionally priceless painting, Mr. Okuyan and his staff begin with a complimentary consultation, tailoring each project to fit home or office aesthetics and personal style. Metro Art & Frame's acid-free mats center photographs, oil paintings, or post-modern puddles of spilled milk in an ornate, gold-leafed frame or elegant black one. Five types of glass and two flavors of plexiglass guard sensitive paintings from light damage with UV protection, and the shop's selection of contemporary and classic prints lets patrons fill in the gaps in their home galleries.
Lively photographers play off their high-energy subjects, moving around the studio as families, kids, and pets laugh, play, and display their natural character during relaxed in-studio portrait sessions. While cute and cuddly subjects often light up PortraitBug's flashbulbs, the photographers welcome a variety of other subjects, from families and expectant mothers to professionals in need of resume-worthy headshots and teens looking for the right glamour shot for their social-networking profiles. A link to a password-protected gallery grants continued, unlimited access to any previous shoots, shareable with friends and relatives for direct viewing and ordering.
Amber Nicole, a native Texan who’s fallen in love with New York, snaps pictures of smiling models during her portrait sessions of families, expectant mothers, and engaged couples, among others. During a phone consultation, the photographer and clients discuss clothes to wear and locations for the shoot to ensure polished and well-lit pictures.