Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
After working for 13 years in the soft-drink industry, Dave Bunk shifted career paths and searched for an occupation that stirred his passion. Upon founding Real2Reel Photography, David assembled a staff of photographers, graphic designers, and touchup artists that snaps and produces headshots, wedding pictures, and portraits of families or pets. Clientele can pose within Real2Reel Photography's downtown Memphis studio or rendezvous with the shutterbug crew at locations such as the Main Street strip mall, the Memphis Botanic Gardens, a high-school sports arena, or wormholes that lead to the Taj Mahal. Viewings commence three to five days after every session, wherein participants can review their proofs and select which favored retouched shots would best befit digital images or prints. Models can also commission Real2Reel Photography's in-house designer to fashion custom albums, coffee-table books, or hand-crocheted needlework portraits to accompany their photography packages.
Keepsake Photo Booth
Martina Igberaese knew she was going to become a graphic designer—until she fell in love with a photo booth. The fine-arts graduate now serves as the owner, creative director, and graphic designer began Keepsake Photo Booth, a portable photo-booth service that equips a variety of celebrations with the souvenir-dispensing machines. Her comprehensive service includes a professional host, who arrives one hour before any celebration to set up the booth, helps guests with tips on how to fit a human-pyramid into the shot, and then breaks down the equipment at the end of the rental time.
In the 5'x5' booths, up to 10 adults see themselves pose on an interior screen as a professional-grade camera snaps their picture. After the session, the booth’s lab-quality printers dispense photo strips of the shoot in black and white, color, or fresco.
Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
Whether capturing a young toddler at play or a newlywed couple's blossoming love, the photographers at Lasting Expressions work hard to make clients look their best, doing everything from advising them on wardrobe decisions to creating compelling and unusual contexts for their shoots. During children's shoots, depending on the season, little subjects plop their feet in a faux pond next to baby ducklings, snuggle fluffy rabbits against their cheek, or strap on wings and frolic in a fantasy fairy land. After each in-studio session, Lasting Expressions prints out glossy images of favorite shots almost instantly, allowing clients to return home with a two-dimensional version of themselves without having to hire a cartoon steamroller to run them over.
A three-year member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, expert shutter snapper Lisa captures her subjects while drawing upon almost a decade of experience. During lace-laden boudoir sessions, clients don sexy outfits as she snaps photos in the safe, judgment-free comfort of a private studio. Afterward, Lisa edits the photos before subjects preview them and order prints that could make wonderful anniversary presents or unorthodox passport pictures.