Though Loretta Kay's subjects range from tiny frogs to wedding parties, she always tries to frame them using the same device: natural light. Her love of the sun leads to ethereal outdoor portraits for all ages, which she edits and stores on convenient DVDs. Her photo shoots preserve the poses of engaged couples, high-school seniors, and family groups, as well as pets, but her Pretty Things gallery best represents how she finds wonder in the world's smaller objects. Here, chickadees perch on feeders and flowers bring color to windowsills, a focused contrast to more sprawling shots of beach scenery.
On Betsy Butler's website she writes, "[Photography] takes what we see with the naked eye and transforms it into something extraordinary, or something thought-provoking." She shares the extraordinary and thought-provoking images she catches when she photographs other people through portrait sessions with families, children, and individuals. She provides previews of proofs from each session, as well as DVDs and prints of favorite images. She also shoots weddings, helping couples create a final album that's as much a work of art and heirloom as it is a potential meal for the town monster.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
After years spent photographing the rock-and-roll lifestyles of local bands, Nathan Mantor hung up his camera and settled into life as a family man. That brief hiatus ended after he and his wife experienced a disappointing maternity shoot at a local big box. Certain he could offer clients better service and more memorable photos, he upgraded his camera and began snapping shots through Nathan Mantor Photography. With his posed and candid images taken at locations around the city, Nathan captures the playful camaraderie of kids and families. For his Signature Sessions, he replaces distracting backgrounds and photo-bombing birds with dramatic lighting and black and white images that draw the eye to his subjects. He applies that same artistry to weddings with Mantor Wedding Photography, which specializes in ceremony coverage, bridal portraiture, and engagement sessions.