When she was eight years old, Nichole Conard?s grandparents gave her the gift of a camera. Since that day, she?s seen the world through the eye of her camera lens. She worked for other photography companies, earning promotions and publication, before she finally realized her dream of opening her own studio, RedRock Photography. When the business grew too big for Nichole to handle alone, she turned to her sister-in-law, Jennifer Baldwin. A passionate shutterbug and photojournalist, Jennifer joined the company as a co-owner and photographer. Today, Nichole focuses on the studio's Wichita branch while Jennifer maintains the Emporia branch.
Today, the sisters-in-law are busy shooting all types of portraits. Nichole has amassed more than 20 years of professional portrait experience, and Jennifer?s been shooting professionally for six years, allowing them to draw from a wealth of experience as they capture family photos, maternity shots, and one-person portraits, as well as their specialty: children?s photography. Sessions at their studio are private and unrushed, and outdoor shoots capture images in a single natural background. During Cruise sessions, the photographer and subject travel around, stopping to take photographs with unique locations, striking landscapes, or curiously grinning cats.
Brooks Institute of Photography attendee Kevin Keith, alongside of his wife Ashley, has chalked up more than seven years of wedding and lifestyle photography experience. With subjects dressed their best in wedding frocks and dapper tuxedos, the husband-and-wife team captures every moment of the momentous occasion, from their first glances at each other before the ceremony to the tail of the limousine as it drives away from the reception.
Candid moments like these are the signature of Kevin Ashley Photography, where Kevin and Ashley work together on wedding and engagement photo shoots, along with portraits and lifestyle photography. In addition to directing poses and snapping photos, Kevin and his wife have been imparting their wisdom to aspiring photographers for more than five years by sharing tips and techniques during private lessons and group photography workshops. And for those who prefer to take photographic matters into their own hands, Kevin Ashley Photography also rents out a LIGHTBOX photo booth for events and parties.
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.
A beaming, tutu-clad youngster poses by a large number 2, commemorating her new age. A couple, nearly newlywed, strolls through a sepia-tinged park holding hands. A brindled puppy with floppy ears capers across a red wooden wagon. These are just a few of the shots that the photographers at Worth A 1000 Words Studio have captured during their tenure at the memory emporium. Both in-studio and on-location shoots cover the gamut of photogenic opportunities, from senior portraits to weddings to adorable pictures of babies disguised as bunnies or even smaller babies.
The expert shutterbugs at Man & Machine Photography immortalize the bond between human beings and their internal combustion-powered counterparts through professional photography sessions. During each photo experience, drivers and riders will enjoy posing with their garage dwellers for up to two hours. Each session will take place within the Kansas City metro area at a location of the customer's choosing, and up to two persons may be in the photo series to ensure that cars and cycles are fully adorned with bunny ears. Photographers will capture between 20 and 30 photos throughout the session, and each customer will receive a DVD slideshow of images for viewing afterward. Although customers will not be able to upload images onto their personal computers, they will receive 10% off a purchase of professional photo prints. Man & Machine Photography produces high-quality frame fillers in sizes including 8"x10" ($150) and 20"x30" ($350), which is often considered the standard size to place in car-sized wallets.
Working from the belief that everyone is photogenic, Bombshell owner Carol Ann and master photographer John Gladman give all shapes, sizes, and blood types a vintage veneer with fun, flattering images. Clients complete their own hair and makeup beforehand, then spend their 15-minute session crafting three different facial expressions. Carol counsels clients for total pinupable authenticity, helping them nail the overall look and master the iconic surprised pout without requiring the studio's poltergeist to goose them. John then digitally hand-paints the image for that classic ’40s feel.