Huntington Photo Workshops instructor Tim Mathiesen has collected four decades' worth of panoramic landscapes on trips across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His partner in image stalking, Paul Thompson, has filled the 35 years of his career with countless faces of families and newlyweds. In detailed workshops, the two tackle topics such as sports photography, posing, and harnessing natural light, and aim to get all students comfortable with their own digital camera and inimitable eye.
Stephanie Albao of Intuitive Images Photography conducts her work in the key of self-styled observational portraiture—her images are candid and unposed, and she often breaks the ice with clients over life-based dialogues. Each one-hour session brings out dormant sass and cheeky glamour in subjects as they soak in the lens' gaze, adopting a retro aesthetic with the aid of stylist-provided props and accessories including parasols, feather fans, and live bearskin rugs. Each pin-up session features a hair and makeup stylist, although Betties and Veronicas should bring their own threads. Vintage sessions allow for up to four subjects framed in yards and themed backgrounds. Each deal option also includes 15% off additional services, allowing customers to upgrade to a disc of high-resolution images ($75) or stuff all their photos in a time capsule. Each shoot also gets clients access to an online gallery.
Most Popular Service: Family, pregnancy, couples, and newborn photography
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Listen to the photographer's suggestions on clothing, timing, lighting, locations, etc.
Reveal the vixen within by scheduling a session with Pussycat Pinups Photography. Designed for the everyday woman, Pussycat Pinups is a full-service studio offering both photography and makeup services by Beth Cocuzzi. A glamor photography session with a focus on sex appeal, Pussycat Pinups creates pinup, boudoir and maternity photos. Her photo sessions take place in a professional studio and include hair and makeup. Photo shoots take place in a fun atmosphere, with playful music and a “bring your own beverage” policy. Customers should be prepared to have fun and get sexy; Beth Cocuzzi will do all of the editing.
Situated in the throes of a celebration or large event, The Booth’s photo booths beckon guests to don a wig, novelty hat, or glasses and wander in to pose for a color or black-and-white photo. Helmed by an onsite attendant, these portable studios capture memorable photos of as many as eight people at once, which are printed out on the spot and archived on The Booth’s blog for later viewing. Photo booths can be rented for as little as two and as many as six hours, and certain packages allow hosts to customize their photo strips and take home scrapbooks as reminders of their big gala.