One may think that, being a self-taught photographer, Amanda Weilenmann’s work breaks from convention to yield thickly stylized artistic self-indulgence, but that’s far from the truth. For her, it’s all about the subject. Specializing in on-location shoots, she uses tight focus and a keen eye for natural light to make subjects leap into the foreground amid backdrops of autumn leaves, park benches, or rock walls.
A jumpsuit worn by a U.S. Olympian. An antique handgun. A rustic pair of cowboy boots crowned by a five-gallon hat. Taken out of dusty storage and placed within one of Peak Art & Frame's tasteful borders and protective panes of glass, each of these keepsakes now tells a rich story with every fascinated glance. Drawing on 10 years of experience, Peak Art & Frame’s design-minded owners match clients' works of art with more than 1,500 frames, securing the two- and three-dimensional subjects into elegant encasements that at once protect them and highlight their beauty. Whether adding nostalgia with an old photograph, color with an impressionist painting, or security with a portrait with the eyeholes cut out, the design staff can help imbue homes with elegance by finding the perfect frame and preserving the work in standard or conservation glass.
Don Polo Photography owner Adilfa Ford named her business after the grandfather who raised her on a rustic farm in La Luz, Venezuela. The only surviving pictures of her late mother and grandparents were taken by Adilfa herself as she honed her shutter skills and nurtured the seeds of photographic passion into a blossoming love of the visual arts. Accompanied by her husband, Russ Ford, Adilfa travels the globe to teach photography seminars and add to an impressive resume of more than 800 weddings, returning to her Taylorsville studio to snap more portraits of familial love and newlywed bliss. An ample amount of studio and garden space accommodates small and large portrait groups as they have their contagious smiles immortalized, posing in front of vibrant backgrounds or flourishing greenery. After the team of professional flash dispatchers finishes capturing precious moments, they digitally enhance, retouch, and spellcheck each picture's 1,000 words.
For more than 10 years, Somer Ahonen has been helping ladies find their best angles in her 1,800-square-foot studio and capturing their images in flattering and tasteful boudoir photo shoots. Her clients emerge gussied up from a dressing room and saunter into the private shooting bay, where Ms. Ahonen calls upon props such as a bear-claw bathtub or a bed with silky linens to create sensual settings. With several lighting techniques and an arsenal of makeup and editing skills, including airbrushing, she can tweak each image to her clients’ liking.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
For more than three decades, MarDel Photography owned by Jerry Hansen and Cliff Winegar have captured priceless memories through award-winning photography. At MarDel Photography & Design, the duo snaps shots of children, families, newlyweds, and graduating seniors. Their photo-booth-rental services enliven parties and allow clients to snap their own images.