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.
Professional photographer Bella Silva Cacilhas and her all-female staff aim to unleash each subject's most sensual personality traits in 90-minute boudoir photography sessions. Clients meet for a pre-session consultation at their bedroom or at Bella Studio to determine their session's theme and preemptively choose poses. Bella employs dramatic lighting to capture flattering angels of intimate posturing, and subjects can make up to two costume changes using their own sultry wardrobe pieces and supplied accessories such as scarves, hats, and zebra-print construction helmets. Each session produces 35–50 shots for transfer to a private online gallery, while the session's best image achieves existence in real space-time as an 11"x16" print. Staff expertly check and retouch each photo for blemishes before proofing. Subjects can augment facial canvases with Face by Julie Gray makeup for an additional $20.
Armed with Canon Rebel DSLR cameras, FlashBox's photo booths capture crisp photographs and videos of guests at weddings and other celebrations. Partygoers mosey before each booth's 20-inch touchscreen monitor, where they can elect to immortalize smiles in technicolor, black and white, or old-fashioned sepia tone. The user-friendly system also allows subjects to swiftly flip-flop from still-photo mode to video mode and back. Throughout the festivities, an attendant stands close by to forestall mechanical confusion and arm subjects with goofy hats, outrageous novelty cufflinks, and other wacky props.
Throughout Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pop Star Photo Booth livens up shindigs with photo booths that fit up to 10 adults at a time. Those picture nooks stand at 7’x6’x5’, a size that fits comfortably into most spaces. Sporting a black enclosure with red curtain, the photo booths also seamlessly blend into the motif of all environments. Photos, which are printed on photo paper, can be customized with logos and monograms; double prints are available for scrapbooking. Each booth comes with a professional attendant to ensure smooth operation, as well as props to wear while posing for the camera.
Whether she’s snapping shots of Lil Wayne’s sparkling grin, the urban landscape of Detroit, or the Arab American National Museum, photographer Asia Hamilton inspires people to view the world from a new perspective. Her photography raises awareness on issues of waste and consumption, and strives to unmask the beauty hidden in a cityscape.
When she’s not on a globetrotting, eye-opening adventure, she’s teaching aspiring photographers at her studio, Nozomi Live Photography & Design. She demystifies photography concepts such as lighting and composition before taking shutterbugs out on urban excursions, where they can practice techniques in the bustling city. She helps her protégés feel more comfortable using their cameras’ manual settings, making the picture-snapping devices feel like an extension of their bodies without duct tape or cybernetic surgery.
As the name implies, PicStarz is all about making you the star of your own party. The company hauls its photo booths to special events all around Michigan, where guests proceed to capture timeless moments in all of their high-resolution glory. A PicStarz rental comes with unlimited color or black-and-white photographs, plus a variety of props to infuse shoots with a little extra pizazz. An on-site technician watches over the booth to make sure the flash goes off properly and nobody ever, under any circumstances, presses the red button. In addition to its photo booths, PicStarz brings life to the party with live DJ services.