Kevin and Carolyn Whitaker, the photographers behind Whitaker Portrait Design, have been snapping photos for more than three decades. They specialize in formal portraits of subjects such as families, bridal parties, and high-school seniors. They also have a special knack for working with children, and they can recommend various props and backgrounds for kids' photo sessions. Depending on the client's preference, the Whitakers might take photos indoors at their studio or outdoors amid natural light.
Though Randy Taylor’s passion for photography has taken him to the Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska and back, he spends most of his time at Taylor Made Photography capturing shots of families and kids. Back in the studio or outside in its gardens—complete with footbridge, tire swing, hay bales, and stone archways—Randy and his staff compose classic portraits marked by vibrant colors and flattering light. To keep his skills up to snuff, the 30-year industry veteran regularly participates in photography competitions and acts as a judge himself at national circuit conventions where he’s impervious to bribes, no matter how much saltwater taffy they entail.
Take 2 Productions specializes in digital media, snapping photographs, filming events, and preserving past memories with video transfer services. Photographers travel to athletic competitions to capture team pictures and memorialize family trees with traditional portraiture. To enhance existing reels, Take 2 Productions edits and transfers VHS and camcorder footage to DVD format, adding in background music, title cards, and celebrity cameos for posterity.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
At JD Douglas Photography, it’s hard to draw the line between documentation and fine art. That's because the company’s photographers don’t only snap shots of subjects in picturesque outdoor settings such as pine forests and rocky beaches; they also hand finish portraits with artistic brushstrokes before bonding them onto canvas. Patrons can choose contemporary frames or ornate traditional frames embellished with gold leaf to display the finished products.
The photographers at Refined Glamour Studio help clients relax and let loose during fun, glamorous photo shoots. To ensure subjects look their best, the photographers work with certified beauticians, who style hair and apply makeup before every session. Clients can opt for boudoir or glamour photo shoots.