As the mother of two grown daughters, Linda Houston knows firsthand how important and how difficult it can be to schedule a family portrait. The professional photographer has been helping memorialize images of loved ones since 1988, capturing in-studio portraits and on-location shoots for weddings and other special events. The team's unhurried style translates into dynamic senior shots, endearing black-and-white images, and frame-worthy prints of beloved family pets and horses.
Brian Masserman shot his first wedding at 15, armed with a Kodak Instamatic. Though it wracked his nerves to wait a week for his photos to develop, he knew he'd found a calling. A member of the Professional Photographers of America for more than 20 years, he now captures special occasions and intimate moments after consultations in which he tailors his photographic style to his customers’ needs, following his personal mantra: "There is no such thing as a perfect photograph, but there are such things as perfect moments."
During the more than 600 weddings they've photographed, Brian and his two staffers have varied their approach, sometimes snapping candid pictures of revelers and other times relying on a more journalistic feel. His skills stretch to include family portraiture and commercial work, and his senior portraits crackle in black and white, color, or mixtures of the two. After photo-shoots, he employs a keen sense of design to help customers to decide their print style, and even travels to their homes to find a place to hang their prints.
Brian always seeks to develop concrete relationships with customers and has even chronicled the milestones of one client from her bat mitzvah to her wedding day. To share his expertise, he hosts intensive workshops in which he drills students in camera settings, composition, and abbreviated editing techniques. He and his staff believe in the visual power of physical prints and frame and restore photos and love letters written on cheeseburger wrappers. They also print photographic images onto more eclectic material such as canvas, wood, and aluminum.
Professional shutterbug Jen Carlynn calls upon eight years of professional experience to capture love in bloom with two-hour engagement photo sessions and snaps shots of smiling duos during 30-minute in-studio shoots. During outdoor, on-location engagement shoots, Jen fosters a comfortable, welcoming environment for pre-newlyweds as they gaze adoringly into each other's eyes, hold hands, or finish each other's sneezes on film. Black-and-white photo shoots for couples celebrate paired-up patrons of all stripes, from young sweethearts to partners celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Parents may also partake in the in-studio shoot with a child, provided their progeny is older than the age of 12, can sit through a 30-minute session, and isn't a wooden puppet brought to life by energy drinks.
Photographer Steve Dean—whose wedding photography has graced the cover of Lansing City Limits magazine—brings out clients' unique personalities in striking, personal photographs. Portraits of individuals, high-school seniors and kids capture fleeting moments in time. Professional acting and modeling headshots highlight charisma and charm, and glamour-and-boudoir photo shoots draw out clients’ sensual sides. Dean expertly retouches finished photographs to remove blemishes or shrink down surrounding buildings so that clients can pretend to be giants.
Kreativ Imaging proudly brandishes a 2010 Best Of badge from The Knot—the comprehensive wedding-preparation network as well as membership to both the Professional Photographer's Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Its team of lens specialists demonstrates professionalism and technical expertise during each photo shoot and work to infuse shoots with artistic vision by taking advantage of creative angles. Afterward, patrons receive instant access to review and order photos from an online display database. In addition to wedding, business, and graduation photo packages, Kreativ Imaging provides videography and graphic-design services, as well as photo retouching, which can enhance snapshot clarity and minimize the presence of scene-stealing apparitions.
Suzanne Upton's photographic portraits capture subjects in settings and scenarios tailored to their personalities, whether they are fun loving, mysterious, or funsterious myving. A mother of three, Upton recognizes how cherished family photos are among kith and kin. Her photos of high-school seniors are at once candid and casual, like a game of truth-or-dare played at a barbecue, while her elegant portraits of families are sure to put a smile on Aunt Mildred's new lips when she gets this year's Christmas card in the mail.