Tyler Wirken draws on a background in photojournalism to educate novice and intermediate photographers in the art of shutter snapping. Three accessible class options include camera mechanics, which teaches novice shooters how to take advantage of basic camera functions, manipulate exposure, and use flashes to temporarily stun anyone who comes too close to their hidden stashes of Mr. Goodbars. An extensive camera-control class delves deeper into handling exposure and device settings, allowing those who shoot at the intermediate level to manipulate cameras like devious puppeteers. Light-and-composition classes teach how to cast everyone in the best possible light and why white balance isn't appropriate after Labor Day.
Portrait photographer Christina Lundeen strives to capture each subject's unique essence through quirky and creative portrait images done in color as well as traditional black and white. The decade Christina spent as a Big Apple resident sparked her passion for photography, inspiring and shaping her artistic vision and honing her talent for infusing photos with a particular energy, mood, or Statue of Liberty photo bomb. Christina continued to sharpen her technical skills during a year-long trip around the world in 2007, and now snaps subjects of all ages on-location or from the comfort of her Kansas City studio.
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.
Boats skimming the surface of Lake Tahoe. A dog sitting regally in a hot pink lawn chair. Kerry, the versatile photographer behind Urban Lights Photography, has captured the beauty of both of these scenes with his camera. His portfolio is even more diverse than these shots might suggest, though. He has shot everything from traditional portraits of families and children to images of a Lamborghini parked beside Miami palm trees, trying in vain to make people forget about its owner's horrible personality.