Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
The 5,100-square-foot studio at Photo Studio Group is a blank canvas upon which a community of visiting and member artists stages their craft. For an hourly rate, photographers can click their shutters at a professional studio backdrop and use lights, backgrounds, and grip equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. A series of workshops bring the ins and outs of the industry into focus, including a class on studio techniques that covers set design, hair and makeup collaboration, and teaching mannequins to hold a pose. Photo foundations workshops focus on topics such as camera equipment and composition, and Photoshop workshops introduce students to the image-enhancing software and other Creative Suite applications. Photo Studio Group also hosts a pro lecture series, where esteemed photographers and designers chat about their techniques in a casual setting.
When customers entrust their cherished family memories to the staff of Priceless Photo Preservation, they are hiring professional archivists who have handled pieces of history at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Smithsonian Institute. Whether working with photos, slides, or home movies, the trio of preservationists employs scanning and cataloging skills honed at the University of Michigan School of Information. Staffers travel to homes for initial consultations, during which customers opt for a basic, deluxe, or legacy restoration package. Advanced processes include everything from image rotation and cropping to uploading images onto shareable websites to photoshopping Winston Churchill into every image.
Craig Breil’s sprawling, 10-acre Stonefield Farm houses the photographer’s studio and serves as inspiration for both his personal and professional work. Having taken up photography at an early age, Craig pursued his passion at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He then traveled through Europe and Asia, freelancing for numerous publications and corporations, including CBS and Philip Morris, before opening up Stonefield Photo. Inside his studio and around the farm’s scenic grounds, Craig snaps portraits of people that couple engaging composition with a touch of humor. His portfolio runs the gamut from artistic, abstract shots of everyday objects to sweeping views of farmland dotted with trees, fences, and forgotten overalls.
A professional sports photographer, Laura Clouse's father never missed an opportunity to pass on his shutter-snapping skills to his daughter. Today, Laura draws on her father's lessons and her youth in the photogenic surroundings of southern California to helm her own professional on-location shoots, producing both digital and tangible prints.
Laura gravitates towards the organic, relying on natural lighting and candid shots to produce genuine, unaffected images devoid of fake poses and digitally inserted Hulk Hogan arms. Spontaneous pictures that capture real emotion, such as the adoration of mothers towards their infant or the unbridled love between newly engaged couples, make up most of her portfolio.