After stumbling upon an unmanned camera during her sophomore year at NYU, Lacy Davillier devoted her studies to the photographic arts, earning a BFA in studio art with a focus on photography and graphic design. She found that the peace and seclusion of the dark room proved a welcome respite from the din of city traffic, the pressures of school, and the monotony of sunlight. The young yet experienced photographer now specializes in contemporary photography, chronicling weddings, maternity moments, and celebrating families on location or in her studio. This picturesque space on historic Canal Street, with its wood floors, original doors, and classic New Orleans porch, serves as a romantic backdrop for any manner of shoots, and is fully stocked with toys and organic juices for clients? kids. Lacy also performs a variety of graphic-design services as well as photograph-restoration work.
Since 1973, Barnes Portraiture has specialized in children's photo sessions that don't just look fun?they are fun. In nice weather, children can pose outside, standing by the water, playing in a field of flowers, or even communing with a real live bunny in the springtime. During indoor photo sessions, on the other hand, children dress up in custom-designed costumes, which range from tiny sailor outfits to realistic mermaid tails.
Southern Art & Framing offers much more than its name implies—aside from custom-framing projects and ready-to-hang art, the store also boasts an eclectic gift shop stocked with goods made by local and national artisans. Shoppers can peruse a selection that includes everything from handbags and scented candles to barbecue tools and home decor designed for fans of popular college sports teams. Local artists also host onsite art classes, teaching skills such as impressionist painting and converting your boring sedan into an exciting police cruiser.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
The hay bale-strewn corner of a rustic barn and a gym’s locker room rarely coexist within one building. But they do at The Jim Owens Studios because for the past 40 years, their photographers have snapped portraits not only in front of green screens and backgrounds, but on elaborate in-studio sets. Athletes can flex for the camera before rows of lockers, families can show their country roots on the barn set, and high school seniors can pose with a wall whose rainbow-hued graffiti scrawls out “Seniors.” The photographers can also shoot weddings on location, documenting keepsake moments from newlyweds’ first married kiss to the first petal dropped by the flower girl.
A sense of excitement permeates Laura Cantrell Photography's viewing theater. Music plays, and a projector displays life-size portraits of infants, children, expectant mothers, and full families?all of which are Cantrell's specialties. A studio representative and clients then work together to narrow down the images, ultimately deciding on the perfect set of photos to take home or upload into the family's collective consciousness. Of course, the most important moments take place within the studio. There, a photographer works closely with subjects to come up with the most flattering poses and select from various backdrops and scenes.