For more than 35 years, 2-D ultrasound technology—which translates bouncing sound waves into digital images—has allowed parents to meet the newest members of their family a little ahead of schedule. Today, technology has advanced: 3-D ultrasounds reveal tiny hands, feet, and faces in full-color stills, and 4-D ultrasounds record live streaming video of fetuses in real time so that parents can make their children into prenatal Hollywood stars. Under the supervision of a board-certified physician, diagnostic medical sonographers with more than 10 years of experience reveal womb interiors while up to six adults sit and watch the 37-inch widescreen monitor. 2-D technology allows parents to listen to small heartbeats, and, if desired, lets sonographers determine gender when the baby-to-be is 15 weeks in the making. Stills from 2-D and 3-D scans and movies from 4-D scans can be recorded for parents to take home. All repeat sessions receive 10–20% off, so parents can come back to make sure their little ones are growing strong and refraining from playing video games all day.
Studio La Femme photographers Meghan Rolfe and Jessie Vera Cruz have spent years perfecting their boudoir and pin-up photography methods. Above all, they have learned to customize their approach to flatter each individual’s appearance, style, and recently manifested superpower. The result is a portfolio that ranges from playful to serious, and uses bedrooms, a professionally lit studio, or the outdoors as backdrops for their models. Meghan and Jessie aim to draw out subjects’ personalities in their images by creating setups that exude each subject’s character. As such, clients may find themselves stretched out in the grass or kicking up a red pump as a pinup model while exposing only as much as they feel comfortable with.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
With experience shooting photos around the globe and with a degree in photojournalism from Gardner-Webb University, Sarajane Case produces nuanced photographs that highlight the beauty of her subjects against naturally evocative backdrops. She captures candid shots that reflect a genuine mood—happy and jovial, or even sweetly melancholy—in spaces where her clients feel most comfortable. And whether she's working with a couple or an individual, Sarajane keeps things light during photo shoots in order to draw out her clients' natural smiles and postures. Brides, couples, and women looking for boudoir shots can seek out her friendly services.
EmilieCarol, the photog behind EmilieCarol Photography, specializes in snapping candid, fun, and flattering images against the backdrop of the great outdoors. Whether capturing a loving smile between engaged or newlywed couples or photographing the wedding itself, she invests in each shoot, throwing herself into capturing small gestures and details with an eye for artistic composition that can play down the poor timing of an alien invasion. When not shooting weddings, family portraits, or senior pictures, EmilieCarol sends off prop-laden photo booths to parties and events under the supervision of one or two attendants.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.