Elizabeth Toller Productions is a professional photography studio that combines traditional methods with digital image-enhancement techniques to accurately make reality better. With over 10 years of experience, Elizabeth Toller’s cameras click masterfully to capture the souls of families, political candidates, corporate-event attendees, and inanimate objects. First, clients will meet with the photographer to discuss session locations, themes, and clothing styles—options that are only limited by imagination and the client's wardrobe of stolen circus costumes. Clients will then spend a 30-minute photo shoot ($100) acting natural, interspersed with practicing their best vogues. Later, a special projection proofing process allows light reflectors to preview the results on a big screen to simplify image selection. Later, clients will receive a 5"x5" photo book ($95) that includes 10 two-dimensional clones of themselves for safe keeping at home.
At the Center for Living Peace, bright-orange mats unfurl amid orchids, grasses, and rays of sunlight in preparation for Smiling Monkey Yoga, in which kids unwind with deep breaths, joyful movements, and mind-centering exercises. To help kids build strength and flexibility, the studio's founders and teachers, Patrice Simon and Amy MacConnell, intersperse traditional yoga poses such as wheels, locusts, and trees with games that hone social skills and coordination. Deep inhalations and exhalations direct kids inward, where they unlock wisdom about themselves and their relationships with others. In addition to fueling self-exploration, these breaths can be applied in their daily lives to help them cope with conflict and defuse stressful encounters with teachers, bullies, or the Boogey Man and his big scary dog. Children aged 3 and younger may experience yoga during Baby and Me classes, where parents melt tension and forge friendships through a series of relaxing poses.
It took photographer Dean C. Stinson less than a year to go from developing film for MotoPhoto to shooting corporate pictures for Ford Motor Company and Woodbridge Glass. In the 15 years since, he has refined his natural talent with the experience of shooting weddings, portraits, location sessions, and events. Skilled on both sides of the camera lens, Dean takes care of both photographing and processing images, professionally retouching prints and digitizing shots for upload onto websites or digital fireplace mantels.
The cameras of Ma Belle Studios capture the moments and memories of children, families, couples, and brides. The photographers work in photojournalistic styles, capturing stories against natural locations such as outdoor landscapes, train tracks, or parks.
iWink Studios' squad of professional shutterbugs collaborates with clientele in front of and behind the lens with shoots, studio rentals, and photography courses. Offering both in-studio and on-location shoots at destinations throughout Orange County, photographers frame acting headshots, weddings, newborns, and boudoir models, all of whose sessions yield quality prints and retouched digital images. Meanwhile, novice photographers can rent cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment for their own shoot in one of iWink Studios' private 25'x41' or 27'x34' spaces. Studio rentals additionally supply guests with models, makeup artists, hairstylists, and personal training for smile muscles. Elsewhere, photography classes enrich apprentices in picture-taking techniques, with courses on digital-photography fundamentals, shooting with studio lights, and weekly workshops that cover a rotating range of topics.
"We tell stories . . . let us help tell yours." Siren Song Studios' mission statement isn't just lip service. The company supports this heartfelt request with a wealth of photography and video services to efficiently ensnare memories in visual, audio, or digital form. Movie montages employ graphics and music to bring moments from wedding days to family trips to multi-sensory life, and photo shoots gather loved ones at chosen locales to commemorate special occasions or ensure that everyone can read a map. The studio also produces web videos and commercials for local and national businesses.