Within bustling retail centers, Studio One to One Photography's shutterbugs cultivate an oasis of professional calm as they draw out individual personalities through poses, props, and backgrounds. These elements of style combine artfully to create sophisticated family portraits, gleeful snapshots of childish charm, and eye-catching glamour shots. Whether they immortalize moms-to-be showing off baby bumps or seniors chewing diplomas, print packages fill wallets with creative snapshots or decorate mantelpieces with images more elegant than a gazelle in a top hat.
Andrea Pender's sunny attitude seems to reflect her love of outdoor photography. A shutterbug since childhood, she has learned to channel natural light to enhance both urban and earthy settings. Her studio sits by a patch of woodland and a burbling creek often featured in her shoots. She doesn't get bored of the scenery, though, because she brings her signature chipper spirit and a fresh artistic eye to each new session.
Andrea specializes in family portraits and weddings, though she also snaps baby photos, boudoir images, and headshots. By building a comfortable repartee with every visitor, she is able to capture candid moments without first disguising herself as a piece of topiary.
Ken, the founder of Munson-Cox Portrait Design, set up his studio with children in mind. To get genuine smiles out of adults and young ones alike, the photographers constantly reach for their fun-loving sides, ready to roll around on the ground with tots to get the perfect angles or get them smiling by debating favorite ice-cream flavors.
"Modern vintage" is the oxymoronic phrase that best describes the work of photographer Erick Johnson. Though his low-contrast images, use of sepia tones, and the exposed brick and distressed wood floors of his studio hearken back to a bygone era, his portfolio is unmistakably of-the-moment, featuring casual poses, outrageous props, and a youthful, carefree sensibility. When Erick isn't documenting weddings and events with a photojournalistic diligence or a quirky photo-booth mentality, he sticks to his studio turf for portraits of kids and familie. Most shoots come with an online gallery that stays open for two months, which is useful for showing off to faraway loved ones or escaping the disapproving stare of a judgmental motherboard.