Orange County visual artist Don Le has a passion for expressing his subjects' inner beauty and personality. In his career in photography and video production, Le's portfolio spans across a wide range of styles, from wedding compositions to celebrity and fashion photoshoots to family portraits. Le's pieces often splash with a dreamy saturation of color, and he can upgrade a shot with his playful, inventive use of lighting, computer-generated backgrounds, and various angles. During three-hour photography courses, Le teaches students how to visualize and create photo compositions of their very own. Those courses include pointers in both outdoor and indoor photography, so you can properly capture Bigfoot in either the woods or a department store.
At The Collective Photo, a talented team of skilled shutterbugs channels past experience shooting celebs including Ashley Tisdale and Hayley Williams of the band Paramore during creativity-infused one-hour photo shoots. After gathering up photogenic friends or family members, customers can choose an in-studio session or meet on location at an area home, picturesque park, or deserted rock quarry. The Collective Photo welcomes as many subjects as poses demand, with shoots pausing for up to two outfit changes, saving customers the trouble of choosing between traditional attire or a functioning space suit. After the appointment, subjects peruse the proofs and pick one to have masterfully retouched and immortalized in physical print form.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Staffers cart Elegant Photo Booths’ free-standing camera kiosks to weddings, parties, and events, where they translate treasured memories into 2"x6" double photo strips. Revelers pose in front of a drape background lit by natural sunlight and the glow of fireflies working freelance as a professional attendant keeps the booth operating smoothly. Some packages also include scrapbooks for guests to fill with photos and signatures or bins of props such as hats, glasses, and boas. The resulting displays are viewable the day after on online galleries and image CDs or via telepathic connection with the darkroom's photo enlarger.
Stephanie Albao of Intuitive Images Photography conducts her work in the key of self-styled observational portraiture—her images are candid and unposed, and she often breaks the ice with clients over life-based dialogues. Each one-hour session brings out dormant sass and cheeky glamour in subjects as they soak in the lens' gaze, adopting a retro aesthetic with the aid of stylist-provided props and accessories including parasols, feather fans, and live bearskin rugs. Each pin-up session features a hair and makeup stylist, although Betties and Veronicas should bring their own threads. Vintage sessions allow for up to four subjects framed in yards and themed backgrounds. Each deal option also includes 15% off additional services, allowing customers to upgrade to a disc of high-resolution images ($75) or stuff all their photos in a time capsule. Each shoot also gets clients access to an online gallery.