Like a memory, Robert Eilers's images exude a distinctive and dreamlike glow. While keeping his subjects—whether a child, family, or model—in focus, he gives each a soft finish, which enhances the picture's texture and depth. He applies these touches with ease to draw out each photo's natural beauty, but the process itself isn't simple. It requires a trained eye and a mastery of post-production editing tools. He brings all these ingredients to each session, ensuring every shoot results in pictures primed for framing and preservation.
The camera masters at InspiredMemorys Photography use eye-catching angles and unique locations, such as train tracks and pastoral parks, to capture their clients’ special moments. They customize those shoots for families, kids, couples, and high school seniors, and offer weddings and engagement sessions as well.
Sparked by the enjoyment she got chronicling the lives of her two boys, Shannon Elaine’s fascination with photography turned from a budding hobby into a fully bloomed career. She knows how wonderful it feels to pick up a beautiful photograph that brings old memories back to life, and she strives to create such salient images during her photo shoots. Shannon's portfolio features humanoids at all stages of life—from newborns sleeping peacefully and one-year-olds smashing their birthday cakes to engaged couples, expectant mothers, and graduating seniors.
In Kim Crenshaw Photography’s onsite garden, a swing hangs from a jasmine-wreathed arbor, frog-inhabited lily pads carpet a pond, and a 1946 Chevrolet Stylemaster waits for models to lean against its fenders. The garden abuts the old farmhouse that houses Crenshaw’s equally scenic studio, with a wall of antique stained-glass panels and a design that captures streams of sunlight throughout the day. Crenshaw devoted her first decade behind the camera to natural-light photography, and custom renovated her current studio-garden complex to ensure she could still practice her specialty.
Now a 25-year veteran of the photography scene, Crenshaw continues to draw on the fundamentals she learned when earning her BFA in graphic design and photography. This fine-arts background deters her from trendy shots of subjects spelling out the day's headlines in semaphore signals; instead, she strives to capture timeless beauty in her portraits of families, kids, and bridal parties. Subjects can discuss options and expectations with Crenshaw during free preshoot consultations, and select their favorite shots during postshoot slideshow viewings. The studio’s frame shop can border prints—or painted portraits modeled after prints—in a diverse array of frames.
A goofy grin. A couple of happy wedding tears. A newborn’s wonder-filled gaze. To Allison Jayne Meder, every moment is magic, and she captures the best of them through the lens of her trusty camera. She honed her skills for documenting memories while studying photojournalism at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but it’s her lifelong passion for authenticity that allows her to recognize and freeze the most meaningful emotions. She draws out these emotions during laid-back portrait sessions for families, couples, kids, and moms-to-be. To give her photos an extra touch of the dramatic, she scouts eye-catching locales and works with exquisitely composed close-ups as well as panoramas. She also adds polish to the final product with digital retouching services, ensuring that colors pop, light softens, and least-favorite cousins are airbrushed away for flawless magazine-quality productions.
A mop of hair fringes an infant's milky-white face, his plump cheeks reminiscent of a porcelain doll. Though the image is black and white, the boy's eyes are as striking as any baby blues—reflections of the white linens gathered around his legs add depth and life to his playful gaze. This photograph, which won Janet Boschker the Canon Par Excellence Award in 2010, is but one of many that have earned the photographer numerous accolades.
At Northlight Photography, the Boschker's own studio, the photographer flaunts her signature blend of award-winning artistry in custom portraiture. Whether capturing the innocence of a child, the love of a family, or the excitement of a special event, she strives to turn each image into an artistic and timeless representation of its subject. The expert also shares some of her trade secrets through introductory and advanced photo classes.
BTC Photo Booth NC's booths are nothing if not spacious—their current record for number of guests squeezed into a photo stands at 16. The booths—which require an area of 10'x10'—are outfitted with DSLR cameras and touchscreen displays, printing strips of four photos instantly after each group finishes their shoot. Fun-causing options include boxes of props or a green screen, allowing party guests to pretend they are within feet of a roaring dinosaur or a vicious seal. Though the booths are self-service, one or two technicians accompany the machines to set up, break down, and keep the memories flowing.