Asa dabbled in a little bit of everything artsy—jazz and sculpting, for instance—but ultimately decided to pursue photography. By Asa Photography allows him to explore the many facets of photography, from wedding photos and personal portraits to commercial images. But no matter the setting, Asa captures truly eye-catching photos, thanks to the radio-transmitter-controlled strobe lights and flashes he uses to light each scene.
Media-mixing artist Julia Shapiro creatively combines photography and painted portraiture to capture family countenances on black-and-white film enhanced by hand-painted, vintage-style color. Julia invests time in getting to know individuals and families before guiding them through casual sittings in her loft-like studio. Candid shots can include clothing changes and sentimental props such as a beloved teddy bear or a favorite vacuum robot. About a week after the shoot, patrons return to pick up the completed set of proofs and select an image for the final portrait. Julia develops the chosen image in black and white as an 11"x14" print, then transforms its surface with oil paints according to client taste. The result, much like wedding dresses and the ability to verbally hypnotize squirrels, can be handed down to future generations.
After starting out with a focus on film and videography services, Chuck expanded his business's scope to include still photography due to popular demand. At on-location shoots, the photographer captures expressive portraits, high-school senior photos, or emotional images commemorating engagements and weddings.
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.
Donning Viking hats and oversize sunglasses, partygoers charge into the spacious confines of Booth Crazy's modern photo booths, which eschew the trappings and restrictions of retro nostalgia. Up to 10 prop-clad guests pile in front of the camera at once, making the booths ideal for capturing memories of extended families or duels between two classical quintets. A friendly photographic host sets up and maintains the booth throughout each event, helping attendees compose and create 4"x6" prints or 2"x6" strips, which can be emblazoned with custom designs. Cameras snap unlimited pictures, with their collected images uploaded to the Internet and flash drives for later perusal, printing, and sharing.
Brianne Elizabeth describes herself as "bubbly" and "modest," traits she ascribes to her Midwestern-style upbringing in Des Moines, Iowa. Behind the camera, she seeks out her subjects' essences, often at life's major crossroads. As the chief photographer behind Brianne Elizabeth Photography, she considers it her mission to capture good times, celebrations, and milestones in her clients' lives. She tells their stories not through words, but through pictures that have a market value of around a thousand words apiece.