Professional photographer Jaci Sumner approaches every shoot with a clean slate, taking cues from the personalities of those centered in her lens rather than imposing a fixed aesthetic onto a client or occasion. The resulting photos are marked by a certain naturalness and are made unique by the photographer's willingness to break with outmoded photography conventions.
When she's not taking photographs, Jaci engages in locally focused philanthropic efforts that include her own organization, ProjectStella. The initiative was named after her dog and studio companion Stella, and has raised funds for the Milwaukee Humane Society since 2009.
Opening a small business might seem like a big step for some people, but Ron Wimmer had seen enough in his life to take a risk. After traveling the world as a photojournalist for five years, Wimmer returned home and opened his first professional studio. He moved his family and studio to the Midwest in 1994, and he has since kept busy doing what he loves: capturing intimate moments from behind the camera. Today, Wimmer works both on location and in a Wauwatosa-based, 2500-square-foot studio, snapping photographs of individuals, groups, and families, among many other subjects.
Suburban Studio will snap crystal clear, high-quality shots of you and a companion or your entire family in virtually any setting. Settle into the comfortable atmosphere at the interior studio, or request that you and a photographer rendezvous at an outdoor scenic location, such as a park, a tree house, or the inside of a coconut. The friendly, knowledgeable Suburban Studio staff will even make suggestions on how to look sharp for the camera (by choosing the right clothes, wearing subtle makeup, and striking imaginative poses), while encouraging you to make your own statement. These skilled shutterbugs work to personalize set designs in advance, ensuring you'll capture the essence of your relationship.
Over the past 25 years, Doug and Teri have snapped portraits of Andy Warhol, Ella Fitzgerald, Lily Tomlin, Allen Ginsberg, and other world-renowned figures. Today, they apply their experience toward sessions for families, kids, and high-school seniors. The duo also covers weddings, from engagement sessions through ceremonies. In addition to family or special-event shoots, industrial and product photography are also specialties of theirs.
Owners Kyle and Amy Sterkenburg have been with Worzella Photography Studio since 1992 and since then have carried on the photographic integrity and dedication that prompted Chet and Marlene Worzella to start the company in 1974. As Amy uses her people skills when handling sales, marketing, and customer-service needs, Kyle steps behind the camera to snap shots of families, high-school graduates, and sports teams. The Sterkenburgs' more than 10,000-square-foot studio contains four camera rooms adorned with props and art pieces, Kyle frequently hits the road for on-location shoots, replacing traditional props with the bounty of nature and myriad big sticks. Along with generating quality prints and digital images from its lab, Worzella Photography supplies a trio of additional framing, restoration, and design services.
Shoot the Moon Photography's trained artists specialize in preserving candid, natural moments on film. The 4,000-square-foot Mequon studio has more than 40 distinct shooting areas, and the Delafield studio offers dozens more. Outdoor locations just steps away from each studio also offer ideal backdrops for scenic heirloom portraits. After the shoots, the digital team perfect portraits to ensure subjects look their best. Personalized ordering appointments provide a number of options, including wall art, Heirloom Albums, painted imagery and gifts.
Having spent more than four decades behind the lens, Phil Slaske has seen the photography industry change dramatically. As film and darkroom equipment have been set aside to make room for digital cameras and high-resolution printers, the photo specialist has adapted his craft to fit the times. Today, Slaske specializes in several types of photography, including wedding photography, business portraits, and high-school or military group photos. He offers images in both digital and print versions, and also retouches photos to minimize skin imperfections or adorn faces with Groucho Marx mustaches. He has personally photographed more than 1,500 weddings and also specializes in capturing high-school-senior and family portraits.