At the age of 13, photographer Sherri Griffin developed a passion for photography that carried through high school, college, and a 25-year professional career. With a focus on the art form rather than mechanics, Griffin’s portfolio showcases on-location and in-studio portraits brimming with natural emotion, poses, and declarations of "cheese." On-location shoots often take place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Aldridge Gardens, and Arlington Antebellum Home. In addition to standard prints, Griffin offers hand-painted color images, gallery wraps, and canvas prints.
Kristie P. LaRochelle, a celebrated Birmingham-area photographer with degrees in photography and graphic design, captures genuine, contemporary portraits of children, families, babies over 3 months, or pets in casual settings. Clients can choose between a studio session or a location shoot at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where subjects can smile amid lush fauna that rarely blinks. Kristie fosters a laid-back atmosphere to help capture authentic moments, and uses digital SLR equipment to produce top-notch digital images that can be printed up to 5" x 7". In addition, clients will choose three images to compile for a signed 10" x 20" high-resolution art print, ideal for installing on flat roofs to document children to their satellite grandparents. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit theatre located in Huntsville, Alabama. With a 302-seat performance hall and 3,000 square foot dance studio, Merrimack Hall brings nationally touring artists to Huntsville for performances and master classes.
Capture memories in their natural habitat with a one-hour, on-location photography session in which the studio comes to you. With experience shooting family portraits, baby photos, kids, and more, professional photographer Danielle Smith braves indoor AC blasts or squint-inducing solar rays to freeze a multitude of carefully composed moments in time at a location of your choosing. Danielle’s friendly expertise translates into stunning group shots and solo poses for future mantle-piece ornamentation or library-card identification extravagance. The one-hour session ($75) includes a DVD of 25 retouched photos ($75) as well as password-protected, secure online proof viewing, affording photo subjects the ability to grant looking privileges to only the most complimentary of family members.
Photographer Francine Slate does things a little differently. "I am unique in that I don't try for the 'say cheese' fake smiles," she says. Within her prop-equipped studio or at a location of the client's choosing, Francine conjures natural looks and emotive winks with her clever blend of vintage and modern styles. After each shoot, clients can review favored stills on a password-protected online gallery that can be shared with family, friends, and prospective caricaturists. Francine can then preserve chosen shots with prints, high-resolution images, and canvas gallery wraps.
Joie de vivre can be infectious, and there are worse things to find in a photographer. Shutterbugs Jonathan and Amanda, the powerhouses behind J & A Entertainment, let their love of life and people drive both their art and their business, leading to striking images of children, families, weddings, and other memorable moments. A combined 13 years of experience, as well as diverse backgrounds outside the world of photography, steady their lenses, and their enthusiasm leads to fun, personal sessions with kids, high-school seniors, and photogenic pets.