Jill Davidson, owner of Emotion Portrait Design, is a PPA Award–winning photographer who strives to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for guests. A savvy snapper and skilled photo finisher, Jill enjoys getting to know her clients and capturing their personalities in a way that delivers meaningful, time-treasured images. The outdoor family portrait session is an ideal way to capture your entire tribe in one place amongst natural splendors. An accompanying digital image ($375) allows lighting impurities, camera-hogging sparrows, and nature ghosts to be edited out, while allowing you to edit in the middle child you forgot to pick up from soccer camp on your way to the studio. Additional prints cost extra, from $20 for 4"x5" to $528 for 40"x60".
Marcela Timson, the owner of and a photographer at Urban Gal Photography, channels the energy of each passing moment into snapshots that reflect life and movement. During on-location shoots, she captures the natural interplay of light and shadow, conveying the ripples of a light breeze as it ruffles a taffeta skirt, or the blowback of a jet engine as it swoops over a pinwheel factory. She snaps images of seniors, families, bridal parties, and expectant mothers, chronicling major milestones in her clients’ lives.
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.
"Anyone can take a picture," say B&B Photography's artists, "but at B&B, taking a picture is just the first step toward creating a work of art." Not content to merely capture a subject's likeness, the photographers coax personalities into print. That's why they help high-school seniors design their own shoots, and why the babies they take pictures of are allowed to take those pesky hair bows off and blow as many raspberries as they'd like. B&B's family and senior portraits are taken on-location or at B&B's studio, which offers indoor and outdoor options. Favorite proofs go through a round of retouching before they hit frames.
Geoff Hadfield has been studying the world around him from behind a lens for two decades. At Perfect Memories Photography, he focuses on capturing the ideal family portrait on-location, but also brings traditional portraiture into the modern age by specializing in images for social-media campaigns, marketing development photos, and headshots for business cards. In addition to snapping subjects, Mr. Hadfield shares his expertise in workshops that focus on better acquainting students with their digital cameras and demonstrating creative ideas on composition.