Amber Richardson Evers, owner of Lifestyle Portrait, has always been fascinated by photography; she recalls photographing still-life scenes as early as the second grade. But it’s only in the past 10 years that she’s devoted her career to snapping senior portraits, weddings, and baby portraits. Ever aware of light, composition, and color, she makes her subjects shine both in the studio and on location. Her welcoming persona allows customers to relax and be themselves—even her portraits of pets, which are naturally without artifice and opposable thumbs, exude peace and humor.
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.