A photo shoot with professional attention to detail can elicit the same emotions felt at the time it was taken. That’s what GeGe Penley loves about the art form—the easy access to total recall. She also loves working with others and gets to do so frequently during sessions for bridal showers, moms-to-be, families, and newborns. Large events could use a keen eye, as well, so GeGe also covers weddings, parties, sports, family reunions, and more.
Freelance photographer Ashley Hutchins relies on natural lighting to make her subjects pop. Under the name Drawing with Light, she's photographed individuals, children, couples, and families, framing her subjects from unusual angles and during candid moments. In her quest to capture the perfect moment, she has traveled to locations ranging from wild fields and ponds to front stoops and old brick buildings.
Infused with a passion for shutterbugging and a love for children, Rhiannon snaps smilers in relaxed, playful sessions that engage the little ones and ease their parents. Rhiannon's sharp focus hones in on keeping kids comfortable, which in turn encourages subjects to reveal their true personalities and birthmarks shaped like Family Circus characters. Gather as many models as you please, and then feel free to pose against indoor backdrops in the fully equipped studio or bask among the natural light and feral clouds in an outdoor session.
Justin Kates, portraitist and staff photographer for Stiff Magazine, captures fashion shots and glamour images with a honed aesthetic that edges toward the dark and gritty. Before each shoot, his makeup artist highlights features with a professional hand, either lightly accenting faces or artfully transforming them with heavy shadow. Throughout photography sessions, Justin creates provocative images that simultaneously highlight beauty while deconstructing it to reveal the depths beneath. After shoots, he helps clients select images that he professionally retouches. With a masterful hand he beefs up colors and blends out imperfections.
A mop of hair fringes an infant's milky-white face, his plump cheeks reminiscent of a porcelain doll. Though the image is black and white, the boy's eyes are as striking as any baby blues—reflections of the white linens gathered around his legs add depth and life to his playful gaze. This photograph, which won Janet Boschker the Canon Par Excellence Award in 2010, is but one of many that have earned the photographer numerous accolades.
At Northlight Photography, the Boschker's own studio, the photographer flaunts her signature blend of award-winning artistry in custom portraiture. Whether capturing the innocence of a child, the love of a family, or the excitement of a special event, she strives to turn each image into an artistic and timeless representation of its subject. The expert also shares some of her trade secrets through introductory and advanced photo classes.