Lightshed Photography Studio’s three heads—Daniel St. John, Kendra Hack, and Robert Reynolds—are not just photographers, but well-rounded visual artists. St. John began his career with pencil sketches, whereas Hack spent years sculpting, and Reynolds wielded a paintbrush well into college. The trio’s medium-spanning backgrounds shine through in their shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors, which pop with bright colors or elegant black-and-white contrasts edited in after the shoot.
The photographers divide their portrait shoots into two parts, seguing smoothly from traditional poses to more experimental shots as subject-selected tunes thump in the background. Beforehand, subjects hash out their shoot’s details in a consultation which covers specifics from proper dress and prop options to which Madam Tussauds' figurine will pose as their spouse. Afterward, subjects spend a viewing session perusing the best 40 or so proofs from the hundreds of shots snapped in their session, enjoying complimentary coffee or wine in the process.
An upbeat person by nature, e.HopePhotography’s shutterbug sees beauty in everything and everyone. With the help of her camera, she draws that beauty out and captures it in artful compositions during sessions for families, couples, kids, and individuals. Also great at working with animals, she can take playful pics of the family pet or engagement photos for the cat and dog that finally admitted they're in love with each other.
When parents need to prove to their children that jolly old St. Nick is real, they call on Santa On Camera. Using a digital photo maker, Santa On Camera lets parents upload real pictures of their house and then place in images of Santa. Sizing, color, and brightness options ensure seamless integration, creating images that capture Kris Kringle in poses such as emerging from the chimney or enjoying milk and cookies.
For more than 25 years—and two generations—Visions Forever has been preserving memories through revitalized heirlooms and fresh photographs. Their lab techs keep nostalgia intact by restoring old photos and transferring outdated video formats onto DVD. For newly minted memories, its photographers snap family portraits during indoor or outdoor photo shoots. After retouching the photos, they place them online for easy viewing by friends and relatives. They also capture once-in-a-lifetime moments at weddings. Crews travel to these special events, where they take video and photographs.
As one of more than 30 grandchildren in her family, Julia Bykowski posed for her fair share of family portraits as a child. Before long, she found herself on the other side of the lens, snapping photos of not just her own family but of diverse clientele. Under the Julia Bykowski Photography moniker, she travels through the Boston area, capturing shots of weddings, graduating seniors, families, and newborns.