Take a look through David Grooms's photo portfolio, and an array of little stories manifest themselves. A baseball player slides into third as the baseman watches for the incoming throw. A young girl shows off the panoramic gap where her baby teeth once were. Chubby-cheeked babies consider a pile of Easter eggs with confusion. The breadth of David's subjects displays his talent for eyeing up memorable moments, capturing grinning families and embracing newlyweds. This wide knowledge extends to both on-location and in-studio shoots, where he manipulates the available light to produce strikingly composed pictures.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
As a husband, father, and grandfather, Phil Hyman understands the importance of family. Marshalling 40 years of experience, he brings an educated eye to each shot's composition and lighting, capturing sentimental or significant moments in portrait sessions for families and kids either on location or in the studio. His business is a family affair: his team includes Alex and Becky Hyman, who work closely with clients, planning each session down to the last detail and fostering a comfortable atmosphere in which clients can freely express themselves.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
Photographer Patrick Cox channels his obsession into each static narrative he helps to tell. During a one-hour outdoor sitting session (a $125 value), clients can dawn two distinct outfits to support their story. After an hour of snaps, flashes, and smiles, clients then set up a proofing time with Patrick, typically occurring within two weeks of the photo session. To commemorate the occasion, an 8x10 print (a $50 value) is included, giving future generations a glimpse into the not-so-distant past, when photographs were tangible and the Internet was purely imaginary. For more info for your eyeballs, check out the Cox Photography website to browse Patrick’s range of poignant portraiture.