Photographer Elizabeth Monge has yet to meet the portrait subject from whom she can’t coax a relaxed, natural smile. Monge's friendly, jokey demeanor has a lot to do with it. So does her laid-back, unhurried approach to conducting a portrait session. She thinks of the first 15 minutes of any shoot as just a warm-up, a chance to let the subject start to feel comfortable in front of the camera. This sense of ease and comfort is key to Monge's work, which has a candid quality that captures each sitter's personality without stiff, forced posing.
In the 13 years since she graduated with a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Monge has developed a signature style rich with vibrant colors and a sense of whimsy. She feeds her passion for edgy photos and haute couture with a commercial career as a fashion photographer. In turn, her eye for editorial photography informs her portraiture, from the artistic composition of each frame to the inclusion of a Karl Lagerfeld cutout in every photo.
Experienced photographer Bruna Bastos strives to capture honest moments that allow her subjects to express themselves. She first worked in television production in Brazil, before studying and working in both New York and Florida. Now, she documents for fashion shoots, weddings, parties, and portraits, as well as commercial events.
Much like the lens of her camera, Laurie Brown can adjust her focus depending on the scope of the project. During family-portrait sessions, she channels the same passion as she does during a grandiose corporate gala. Her resumé speaks to this versatility, with clients ranging from AMD and PepsiCo to glamorous models. Laurie travels to indoor and outdoor locales to capture these snapshots. She has preserved wedding memories against a verdant forest backdrop and family gatherings on the beach. Laurie also works well with children—she has seven of her own—so she can help commemorate infants' birthdays.
Professional photographer Amy expresses her artistic aesthetics by capturing weddings, families, and portraits with an eye for bold lighting and a style that tiptoes toward the whimsical. She showcases her experience in music theater and performing art by often depicting subjects engaged in some form of active emotional exchange, whether it's flirtatiously blowing bubbles, trashing a wedding dress, or simply cradling a newborn. Once she has captured the images during in-studio or on-location shoots, she professionally edits out red eyes and other flaws before transmitting them onto DVD.
A groom adjusting his tie before walking down the aisle. Hors d'oeuvres, still meticulously plated before partygoers gobble them up. The photographs of Billy Joseph capture not only the split-second moments of a wedding, but also the instances that come before and after. Beyond nuptials, Billy steps behind the lens to capture images of families, pets, kids, and nature. He specializes in on-location sessions, training his camera on posed and candid shots of clients enjoying the places that put them most at ease.