As a professional photographer with an artistic flare, Hannah Joy captures fleeting moments, cleans them up, and releases them back into the wild. Her bright demeanor easily elicits big smiles in the Beaches–Jax, Atlantic, Ponte Vedra, San Marco, and downtown Jacksonville areas, all of which are available as beguiling backgrounds by appointment. After the photo shoot is finished, Hannah’s hand-retouching services can help minimize glare, red eye, or unsightly scars earned while battling white whales on the open sea. Smiling subjects also receive a handy USB drive packed with 15–20 optimized images, preserving digital doppelgangers for real-life or online posterity.
Natural-light photographer Vanessa Law combines a reverence for nature with a commitment to capturing her subjects in fresh, candid moments. Lasting one to two hours, the waterside sessions create a stunning natural backdrop, preserving memories of sunny days, cool evenings, or how hard it is to get starfish out of one’s hair. Vanessa consults with her subjects prior to the shoot and then deploys her background as an art photographer and photojournalist to craft dynamic, personal images. Families, circles of friends, and devoted book clubs benefit from the shoots, which can fill the frame with up to six people.
With 20 years of experience under his camera sling, photographer John Fountain expertly captures life’s most fleeting moments—from a married couple’s first kiss to a baby’s second dramatic monologue. The seasoned shutterbug totes along three complete camera systems to each on-location session, ensuring he never misses a shot. After the camera emits its final click, John professionally edits the images and transfers them to prints, albums, or DVD slideshows.
The bride seems unconcerned as the blue ocean waves lap around her billowing dream gown, turning the delicate white fabric into an organza sea creature. As the newlywed reclines on the beach, one of Blackstone Couture’s seasoned photographers snaps shots that immortalize the subject’s postwedding happiness. The laidback, whimsical nature of this Trash the Dress shoot exemplifies the business's dedication to creating stills that encapsulate the personality of each of their clients through a relaxed shooting style.
Blackstone Couture’s crew of experienced shutterbugs can be found shuttling its equipment around Jacksonville for onsite shoots at scenic landscapes or within a subject's home. The team works together to photograph all manner of life events, from weddings to portraits commemorating the day an entire extended family happened to wear the same sweater. Once they’ve screwed the caps back on their lenses, the photographers can edit imperfections from images and host them online, readying them for worldwide display.
When photographer Kara Michelle Lamm signed her first print for a show, she wrote it as her nickname "KiKi" rather than her given name. The moniker seemed to better fit her artistic side, and it stuck. Nowadays, she works out of her personal studio, KiKi Creates, selling canvas prints of everything from wedding scenes to palm-tree-studded beaches. She complements her own handiwork with custom photo albums and photo booth rentals for events.
Home Video Studio audio-visual wizard Miguel Salas preserves homegrown memories by salvaging footage from decay-prone VHS or camcorder film and transferring it to an archival DVD. Converted discs guard against age more effectively than older magnetic-tape preservation, and Miguel transfers each frame from VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, 8mm, Hi8 tape, MiniDV, and MiniDVD formats into easy-to-store digital glory. Chapter markers are automatically inserted at breaks in filming, allowing discerning viewers to skip through their siblings' break-dance recitals and get straight to the cold-case evidence of a murdered 11th-birthday piñata.