Husband and wife team Sheila and Robert Hurth co-own Tiffany Photographic Studio, helming a full service staff of 10. Together, they distill three-dimensional beauty into contemporary images that pop before plain studio backdrops or vivid sets. With four decades of experience under their shutter fingers, the Hurths supervise charmingly posed family portraits, adorable shots of toddlers and infants amid whimsical props, and event photos snapped on location at weddings or bar mitzvahs. Their studio uses state of the art digital technology, retouching and printing photographs in-house for a quick postsession turnaround. When not standing behind the camera, the Hurths teach photo seminars in Fort Lauderdale and the Carolinas and spend their free time authoring tutorial books and videos on boudoir photography, portraiture, and how to get a close-up shot of a black hole.
Jay Guttveg has honed his craft photographing well-known subjects that have included presidents and entertainers. Now at the helm of Creative Focus Photography, Guttveg specializes in portraits and commercial shots, as well as real-time shooting at weddings and corporate events.Creative Focus’s four branches operate relatively independently, based on the understanding that weddings and corporate events require different approaches to avoid candid shots of CEOs gazing tenderly at their podiums. Situated at the end of a winding brick path, the studio fosters a relaxed mood in subjects, eschewing long waits and playing tranquil music to result in memorable, distinctive portraits.
Experienced photographer Bruna Bastos strives to capture honest moments that allow her subjects to express themselves. She first worked in television production in Brazil, before studying and working in both New York and Florida. Now, she documents for fashion shoots, weddings, parties, and portraits, as well as commercial events.
Photographer Elizabeth Monge has yet to meet the portrait subject from whom she can’t coax a relaxed, natural smile. Monge's friendly, jokey demeanor has a lot to do with it. So does her laid-back, unhurried approach to conducting a portrait session. She thinks of the first 15 minutes of any shoot as just a warm-up, a chance to let the subject start to feel comfortable in front of the camera. This sense of ease and comfort is key to Monge's work, which has a candid quality that captures each sitter's personality without stiff, forced posing.
In the 13 years since she graduated with a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Monge has developed a signature style rich with vibrant colors and a sense of whimsy. She feeds her passion for edgy photos and haute couture with a commercial career as a fashion photographer. In turn, her eye for editorial photography informs her portraiture, from the artistic composition of each frame to the inclusion of a Karl Lagerfeld cutout in every photo.