Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the shoot, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images. Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system, and ships specialty gift items to clients' homes for free.
In their 3,000-square-foot studio or on-location, the visual-media experts at FineLine Weddings—whose striking, modern images earned a bride’s-choice award from WeddingWire.com—record special moments with photography and videography. Although they specialize in wedding, engagement, bridal, and “trash the dress” photography, their services also include boudoir photography, senior portraits, and a variety of prints, keepsakes, and albums. In the studio, 24 backdrop designs and sets offer customers a choice of settings, and flexible photographers can capture an array of moods including elegant, goofy, artistic, romantic, or hungry for pizza. Clients are encouraged to bring their own music to their photo shoots, or they can select music from FineLine’s satellite-radio system.
After photo shoots, a dedicated staff of professional photo editors touch up all photos, and FineLine Weddings guarantees that wedding photos will be ready within eight weeks of the wedding date. To complete momentous days, FineLine also offers wedding DJ and photo-booth-rental services.
Olan Mills Inc. 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 re-create the 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.
From behind the lens of a video camera, the cinematography-trained staff of Elite Film Productions videography view the world from slightly different angles. They look for dramatic angles or cinematic compositions to frame the narratives their cameras capture, be they the first glimpse of the bride or the joyousness of the reception.
A young child is plopped down in front of a gray backdrop. ABC blocks are haphazardly strewn around them as hot, bright lights radiate into their eyes. This child, unsurprisingly, is not in the mood to take a beaming portrait. Copper Creek Photography eschews the generic stiffness of a standard kids' portrait session in exchange for a casual, laid-back shoot—in-studio or on-location—that allows kids to roam about as they please. In addition to kids' portraits, the seasoned shutterbugs at Copper Creek also offer shoots for high-school seniors, individuals, couples, and weddings. Customers can choose whether they want their portraits or special-event photos shot in color, sepia, or traditional black-and-white.