Bruce Supanik's honed his attention to detail in the hospitality business, where he spent more than 15 years tending to the aesthetic and logistical elements of wedding ceremonies and receptions. Today, Bruce—assisted by his wife Lily—lends his savvy eye for beauty to portrait photography, with an emphasis on weddings and engagement photography. Bruce conducts shoots in his indoor studio or at a Miami-Dade location of the client's choice, as rocketing off to the moon to get striking shots in the inky blackness of space became too difficult to negotiate with NASA.
Vivid colors and sincere emotions shine out of Erika Chavez’s photographs of weddings, Sweet 16 parties, and family portraits. Whenever she's behind the camera, she strives to capture the ephemeral, such as tender glances between a newlywed couple or split-second smiles between twins who pretend to hate each other. The resulting photos are naturalistic yet rich with color and contrast, helping clients remember special moments in the most beautiful way possible for years to come.
Cesar Varela never thought of photography as a serious pursuit until his wife became a magazine model. As he observed what photographers looked for in their models, he decided to try it for himself. He gathered his own lenses, cameras, and gear and used his wife as a test subject. At-home successes led him to shoot other models before eventually expanding his client base to include families, newlyweds, houses, and family members wearing house costumes. Though he’s since had work published by magazines, publishing companies, and websites, he feels most at ease shooting individual subjects in a photojournalistic style. In his high-rise studio, he photographs subjects in front of colored backdrops or on a balcony overlooking Miami’s sun-dappled skyline. When on location, he works to incorporate the environment—including water and sand, animals, and building architecture—as each shot's secondary subject, adding dimension without strapping 3-D glasses onto his camera. Believing that subjects’ comfort level shows through any pose, Cesar keeps them at ease by offering bits of easygoing direction and capturing candid shots.
Hip-hop mogul Rick Ross stands planted firmly amid wisps of fog, flashing the peace sign at the camera without meeting its gaze. Elsewhere, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs dons a “Vote or Die” shirt, urging rally members to cast their ballots as red and blue balloons embellished with white stars float above his head. These are just a couple of striking images captured by Unique Photography & Design's founder Maicol Diaz, a Colombian-born artist who prides himself on his creative and spiritual approach to photography and life. In addition to snapping portraits of household names and fashion models, Diaz aims his camera at everyday subjects, taking thought-provoking pictures of Biscayne Blvd and ocean waters being parted by speedboats frolicking in their natural habitat.
The photographers at Super Hero Shoots immerse subjects in a cinematic experience as they outfit their clients in a superhero or villain costume of his or her choice. The outfit selection spans superhero universes, allowing up to two clients each session to suit up as mythic figures such as Thor, Wolverine, Doctor Doom, Phoenix, Iron Man, and Harley Quinn. During the dramatically lit shoot, duos can enact hero-villain confrontations or hero-villain coffee dates, while single subjects embody their character's ferocity. Studio staffers can give each customer character-appropriate props, and often edit in special effects or digitally imposed backdrops to place them in industrial complexes or postapocalyptic breakfast nooks. Customers depart with their images immortalized digitally, in full-scale film posters, or in up to a 45-second film trailer offering a glimpse of their persona in action.