The professional photographers at Solaris Photography know that it takes practice to keep their aesthetic senses and photo-snapping muscles in shape. That's why the staff regularly attends and assists with photography workshops and maintains their membership in the Professional Photographers of America and International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. They further perfect their skills while staging in-studio portraits and hitting the road to chronicle weddings and special events. In addition to traditional prints, the studio also creates digital files that can be uploaded to social-media sites or PhotoShopped into daguerreotypes.
Justine Miller has always done her best to preserve memories. As a young girl, she would watch the Christmas lights on neighbors' houses, blinking hard to hold onto the festive images and etch them into her mind. Today, she still does her best to capture the magic that happens in everyday life. Instead of using expensive lighting equipment or posing her subjects in elaborate scenes, she shoots outside in the natural light and encourages her clients to act naturally so she can capture their real emotions. That may explain why some of her favorite photo subjects are people at their happiest: brides on their wedding day, children at play, newborn babies, and adults lounging in extra-large diapers. Though she prefers to hold sessions outside, she does schedule studio sessions for clients upon request. After a session, she performs light editing on frames before posting them in an online gallery, which clients can peruse to select the images they’d like to print.
Larry Rubino focuses 25 years of professional experience through his camera lense as he snaps planned and candid portraits that reveal each subject's uniqueness. During 60-minute photo shoots, up to 10 models can strike poses together at a memorable location of choice, such as the site of a family reunion or the spontaneous combustion of an uncle. Larry then deftly edits each snapshot before hosting perfected portraits on a private online gallery, and clients recieve three larger prints to decorate blank walls or mantels and eight wallet-size prints to adorn pocket billfolds. Larry Rubino has captured the likeness of many celebrities throughout his nine-year tenure at New York's Friar Club, as well as high-profile commercial superstars such as Johnson & Johnson, BMW, and Duff Beer.
In the more than 25 years Jim Earls has spent behind the lens, he has photographed over 1,500 weddings and countless families, high-school graduates, and children. A former president of the Arizona Professional Photographers Association, Earl also uses his portrait-snapping prowess to teach digital-photography classes. Beginners’ sessions instruct students on how to create quality images by manipulating camera settings, exposure, natural light, and flash. Alternatively, classes on computer and camera functions give step-by-step instruction on how to navigate cameras and upload images that can be edited, printed out, and used to wallpaper a bathroom. Earls leads both indoor and outdoor photography shoots, which help students become more versatile photographers by working among studio settings as well as natural backdrops.