The friendly and energetic photographers at CL!X Portrait Studios welcome families, seniors, and tikes into their studio, where upbeat photo shoots yield visually fetching portraits. During shoots, photographers delegate full creative power to the clients, who can direct their own shoots by bringing in pets, props, and any outfit they desire, while the photographer makes suggestions and exchanges ideas with the client. CL!X’s generous lenses let any number of subjects bunch into the frame, so golfers may pose solo or with their caddy’s extended family for the same charge.
Bashes go off without a hitch when hosts relinquish control to MyFunOverLouisville, which steps in to provide photo booths, racecar tracks, and portable mini golf. While photo booths capture and print whimsical pictures of guests decked out in provided props, fellow partygoers steer remote-control Ferraris or Mini Z's toward the finish line on the racetrack. If hosts have 350 square feet of indoor or outdoor space to spare, MyFunOverLouisville can also erect nine-hole putt-putt courses and set competitors loose with putters, colorful golf balls, and score sheets to tally strokes or use for sketching the festivities until the photo booth's set up.
Photographer Jenn Sparks couldn't pick a more fitting name for her business, Sparks of Life Photography. That's because the shutterbug of nearly a decade snaps photos of all aspects of life, from a smile shared between newlyweds to the night sky above a sprawling canyon. Her specialty—family and lifestyle portraits—is apropos given her penchant for capturing moments and her personable approach to her subjects. In addition to working with people, Jenn's adept with inanimate objects, frequently designing ads and building websites for local businesses.
When she was eight years old, Nichole Conard?s grandparents gave her the gift of a camera. Since that day, she?s seen the world through the eye of her camera lens. She worked for other photography companies, earning promotions and publication, before she finally realized her dream of opening her own studio, RedRock Photography. When the business grew too big for Nichole to handle alone, she turned to her sister-in-law, Jennifer Baldwin. A passionate shutterbug and photojournalist, Jennifer joined the company as a co-owner and photographer. Today, Nichole focuses on the studio's Wichita branch while Jennifer maintains the Emporia branch.
Today, the sisters-in-law are busy shooting all types of portraits. Nichole has amassed more than 20 years of professional portrait experience, and Jennifer?s been shooting professionally for six years, allowing them to draw from a wealth of experience as they capture family photos, maternity shots, and one-person portraits, as well as their specialty: children?s photography. Sessions at their studio are private and unrushed, and outdoor shoots capture images in a single natural background. During Cruise sessions, the photographer and subject travel around, stopping to take photographs with unique locations, striking landscapes, or curiously grinning cats.
No one wants to throw away the records, photos, and videos from their youth, but the shifting media landscape and physical deterioration makes savoring the moments they contain more difficult with every passing year. That race to preserve these precious moments is what keeps A1 Media Services’ staffers coming to work, where they transfer analog media such as VHS, Beta, Digital8, and MiniDV into more lasting DVD and CD formats. The trained technicians are adept at ironing out the problems facing the aging media they’re transferring, clearing away the darkened grime and wrinkle marks from old photos and editing out record imperfections such as scratch marks and backward messages of your mom telling you to clean your room. The transferred CDs and DVDs come encased with their own personalized label, allowing clients to easily find the pictures while minimizing the space needed for storage.
Master photographer Trey Allen boasts a resumé of national awards and the experience of snapping shutters for nearly 30 years. He brings that expertise to portrait sessions that frame subjects with copiously colored and styled studio backgrounds or five acres of gardens, wildflower fields, and stone patios along the Little Arkansas River—though he can also travel to a more personally significant destination, such as the site where a couple shared their first meatball sub. Trey readies subjects for each shoot with extensive online tips for session preparation, and reveals the fruits of each shoot at a proofing session as early as the next day. From there, patrons determine which shots are worthy of graduating to one of Trey's prints or digital-image CDs prepped in-studio by his highly knowledgeable staff within a month after the shoot.