Over her more than 20-year career in photography, Susan Torregrosa has garnered numerous awards, shown more than 100 images in national and local exhibits, and earned the Professional Photographers of America’s prestigious Masters of Photography degree. She draws on the lifetime of dedication that earned her that recognition as she conducts portraiture sessions at Studio T Photography. She specializes in images of families, children, and high school seniors. The photographer creates portraits of kids and kin set against sparse backgrounds or painted backdrops of lush forests. High school students enjoy sessions in natural park and river settings or posing against interesting landmarks, such as a downtown Orlando graffiti wall. Afterward, she preserves her clients’ favorite images with customizable keepsakes such as prints and canvas portraits ideal for decorating walls or covering that ceiling lamp’s sneering face.
Combining her love of photography with her love of meeting people, Emily Rose creates an affable atmosphere for clients during her portrait, event, and wedding shoots. She rendezvouses with patrons at a location of their choice for her one-hour portrait sessions, where guests can swap outfits and strike poses at numerous locales during their allotted time. Afterward, they can opt to purchase a CD of enhanced photos or prints of their favorite shots. Emily also supplies a photo CD to hosts of events, which she covers at an hourly rate. Weddings receive the same CD and hourly treatment, and afterward, shots are posted to an online gallery for sharing. She also offers a free consultation for events such as weddings, wherein she and the couple discuss their image goals and how to swiftly disguise the cake for photographing as a relative that couldn't attend.
Like any bride-to-be, Melissa wanted her big day to stand out. Tired of the same old garter toss or all-orangutan wedding band, she hit on the idea of installing a photo booth into the proceedings, but the costs were prohibitive. That’s when she and her now-husband, Eddie, formed Just 4 U Foto Booths. Since then, the couple has dispatched the booths to weddings, parties of all stripes, and bar mitzvahs, where they capture memories in high resolution more effectively than swinging a butterfly net through a person’s brain. Patrons can choose color or black-and-white photos and customize photo strips with graphics or text. Once the revelry ends, the couple sets the pictures in scrapbooks, on CDs, or in magnetic frames.
Studio One to One's photographers posture subjects in casual, comfortable positions against understated backgrounds before capturing photos. Families can cuddle each other, aspiring models can smile with their eyes in glamour shots, and expectant mothers can flaunt ever-growing tummies and chocolate-covered pickles. After shutterbugs snap shots, patrons can immediately view video proofs, and video slideshows of the session's shots come complimentary with every appointment. Color pics of the day's strongest shot are printed in four different sizes, from images that slide snugly into wallets to 11"x14" photos perfect for living rooms or neighbors' bedrooms. Sessions should be booked by phone or online at least 24 hours in advanced.
On top of all the technical know-how it takes to competently wield a camera, you need to have an obsession for chasing that elusive moment when your subject opens up and flashes a genuine, powerful emotion. It's not easy, but photographer Melissa A. Dozier sure makes it look that way. At M.A.D. Images, Melissa draws on a background of professional courses to snap images that capture what it feels like to be a child, newlywed, or pregnant mother whose baby gets all the attention.
The eyes behind Bri's Eye Photography belong to Brian Scott Kalish, a professional photographer who has honed his chops since his youth, when he helped as an assistant in his parents’ photo labs. In 1990 Brian joined the Air Force, which sent him around the world where he was able to photograph remote and exotic locales such as Venice, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Now Brian specializes in portrait photography for small and large groups, including receptions, corporate events, and family portraits. He is also skilled in product photography and photography for children and animals.