Kerry LaMana's first time using a camera was a transformative moment in her life. It quickly became an obsession, driving her to read countless books on photography and scrutinize her own pictures—taken with a workaday point-and-shoot—with a critical eye. She eventually realized that she had a knack for the trade, and she broke into the industry by taking children's portraits and working as an assistant wedding photographer. Today, she runs her own shop—Photography by Kerry—and brings her passion for photography to every shoot, urging subjects to have fun in front of the camera as she attempts to capture their personality through her lens.
Natural settings such as windswept beaches are the backdrop of shots captured by the photographers at InspireMe Photography. They train their camera lenses on families, kids, couples, high-school seniors, newborns, and weddings, and offer custom packages.
VerveMedia Photo+Video’s creative duo, Dana and Cory Davis, capture flattering, intimate photos and videos of subjects both in their studio and on location. They consciously strive to craft images that honor one of the world’s enduring realities: life is constantly in motion. The Davises have a dynamic, glossy portraiture style that wouldn’t look out of place in Vanity Fair, and their videos capture each subject's mood with a blend of motion and music. The couple shoots a spectrum of subjects, from models to children to families, as well as promotional videos for businesses or enterprising preschoolers.
Certified professional photographers Michael and Angela Koska impart fledgling photogs with digital-picture-taking knowledge during the four-hour workshop. The class is divided into three parts—Digital Basics, Taking Better Pictures, and What to Do After the Shoot—to cover all aspects of digital photography. Each camera crusader will learn the fundamentals and snapshooting, from how to use the flash correctly, to how to take pictures quickly enough to capture an image of The Flash. Students will also study backgrounds, foregrounds, and how to get up-close and personal without invading someone's personal space. Before the class ends, aspiring Annie Leibovitzes will know how to eliminate instances of red-eye and what camera angles best capture replicas of The Thinker made entirely of discarded pizza boxes.
The sharp-eyed shutterbugs at Flash Digital Portraits take a convenient approach to photography, but they never skimp on creativity. Inside their studios, flashbulbs light up the room as the photographer captures grins from a wide range of subjects including infants, high-school seniors, and entire families. To further personalize sessions, clients can choose from a variety of props and plenty of colorful backgrounds. They can even bring special items and mementos from home such as a favorite stuffed animal or an old birthday cake with sentimental value. After the shutters snap for the final time, Flash Digital Portraits? technicians get to work on customizing the results, outfitting collages with unique borders and other enhancements.