The Shot Photography shutterbug Jeffrey Nicholson boasts a full portfolio of smiling mugs and senior portraits, and leverages experience shooting for Hollywood celebrities in photo sessions. Clients can give high-school students approaching graduation the Hollywood treatment with a senior-photo shoot at Nicholson’s studio. The shoot includes three looks, meaning students can don their sports uniform, cap and gown, and favorite Sasquatch costume for their close-up during a single session. Following the shoot, the photographer chooses five images to retouch and load onto a CD, which clients can take home, print, and pass out to friends, relatives, and beloved lunch ladies. For an additional fee, hair and makeup stylists are available to primp and prettify graduates for frame-worthy snapshots.
Michelle of Pink Dandelion Photography takes a playful approach to capturing portraits. She often uses off-kilter angles and unique close-ups, always staying on the lookout for candid shots. She can snap memorable photos indoors or out, in the hazy morning or at twilight, and in classic black and white or vibrant color. The business also offers wedding videography to ensure all the big day’s big moments are preserved, from the bridesmaids’ preparation to the moment when the best man rides his motorcycle through the wedding cake.
Customers can take their own photos by renting Pink Dandelion’s KC Hoot Booth, a full-size, touch-screen photo booth. Equipped with props such as animal hats, crowns, and oversized sunglasses, the booth dispenses black-and-white and full-color prints to help partygoers remember a fun event forever.
Shannon Roberts, owner of DreamKeepers Photography, makes time stand still during both indoor and outdoor photo shoots. Inside her studio, she clusters families and couples in front of white, black, and beige backdrops for simple yet sophisticated portraits. Outside, she harnesses natural light as her subjects sprawl in grassy fields and or huddle in front of flowing fountains. She specializes in snapping adorable still-frames of kids wearing their best duds before they grow up and repurpose their sweater vests as beer koozies. During weddings, Shannon takes posed and candid shots of celebrating guests before enhancing them with digital effects, such as blurred edges and spot-color techniques. More than anything, she loves toting her green-screen to parties, where she relishes capturing subjects in front of backgrounds such as Hollywood runways, rose-adorned pillars, and swirling vector graphics. In addition to snatching smiles from the mists of time, Shannon has volunteered her services to Tempered Steel, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and support for injured veterans.
A joint father-daughter venture, Scott E. Thomas & Daughter Photography seizes snapshots in an inviting, intimate setting in which customer satisfaction drives each shutter click. Scott and Jessica keep a wide lens, shooting weddings, pets, babies, seniors, baby athletes, and more.
With the aid of stylist Amanda Adams, photographer Hilary Hope captures the individual attitude and beauty of subjects in 1940s and '50s-style pin-up portraits. To lure the vintage vixen from her modern shell, Amanda pins hair into retro finger-waves or bouffants before painting faces in the classic black-and-white looks favored by 1940s starlets. A stroll through an enviable wardrobe of items such as vintage-inspired pumps, halter dresses, sailor skirts, and stockings completes the portrait prep. Spice up a single outfit with various accessories (included) or don multiple styles to showcase a menagerie of moods ($25/each additional outfit). Before the one-hour snap session, photographer Hilary coaches kittens in pin-up posing, boosting confidence with her comfortable, personable demeanor. With an array of backdrops and props, the photo session captures a selection of shots ranging from flirtatious to sultry.
Chris Bendet's photographic methods mash classic melodrama, of-the-moment photojournalism, and modern portraiture to preserve moments that caputure genuine relationships and pure emotions. For one to two hours, cameras catch the countenance of you and up to 49 of your progeny and pets, perfect for capturing large family gatherings or couples portraits with an eccentric backdrop of 48 yowling coyotes. Depending on the specifics of your desired shoot, Bendet photography will shoot your session at either their charming Red House Studio ($100) or on-site in a location determined upon consultation ($150). Post-session, three of your images are made into physical prints (up to 8”x10”, $60) and a montage of your photo session and images are collected on a DVD ($200), providing a digital repository for posting your portraiture online or sharing through email, social media sites, or ecarrier pigeons. Should your images require further familiar distribution, Groupon holders will receive a 10% discount on additional prints.