Named the Favorite Photographer in the South Bend Tribune's 2008 Readers' Choice Awards, family-owned-and-operated McDonald Studio has been preserving smiles and memories in the Michiana area for 150 years. Memorialize mugs in the click-crazed comforts of McDonald Studio's studio lighting or at an on-location site of choice, including a home, park, or tinfoil castle.
Laura Fairman got her start in photography about eight years ago, when she began taking pictures of live bands. Although she went on to study photography and film development, she considers herself to be mostly self-taught and often follows her instincts rather than relying on textbook poses or cardboard cutouts to replace nonphotogenic subjects. As a result, she often captures images that are uniquely representative of a particular client or experience.
Though Laura operates out of a small studio space, she prefers to hold her family, couples, and children’s photography shoots outside or in a client’s home to create a more natural impression. For one of her more unusual offerings—custom fantasy shoots—she helps clients channel a favorite celebrity, pinup girl, or Halloween monster with hair, makeup, and costume styling.