At 12 years old, James Ferrara's cousin let him hold the first single-lens reflex camera he'd ever touched on the condition that he not waste her film. He shot the whole roll, and hasn't stopped since. His obsession with the visual led him to film making, where he worked exclusively for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit for a decade, before deciding to return to his first inspiration – photography. Armed with an in depth understanding of visual story-telling, he opened J.Ferrara Photography and began to capture the stories of people's lives.
While he shoots weddings and engagements on site, Ferrara also hosts portrait and headshot shoots – as well as private parties – in his 1,200 square-foot studio, a former firehouse built in 1905. When not behind his camera, he takes to the classroom instead to teach intimate six-hour classes that teach a small group of students how to handle their camera with hands-on lessons.
With her photojournalistic eye and inconspicuous presence, Lauren Gulick has become a sought-after photographer for momentous events, especially weddings. The instinctive shutterbug hovers at the edges of each scene, snapping shots of the bride getting ready, the couple exchanging vows, or the wedding party doing The Chicken Dance with actual chickens. In addition to commemorating nuptials, Gulick also corrals families together for memorable photo shoots and captures senior portraits and headshots.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Melissa Wilson, the artist behind MW Photography, has yet to meet a non-photogenic child. The photographer specializes in capturing new arrivals, from maternity and birth photography to newborns and kids, memorializing moments in youngsters' timelines until they are seniors graduating from high school. Wilson can shoot formal poses or use a more journalistic style to preserve candid images or reveal the secrets of magicians performing at birthday parties. She is passionate about using the beauty of natural light, and her wedding photos have been featured on Patch.com.
Though his studio is stocked with impressive props and backgrounds, certified professional photographer Aaron Pepis abides by an old-school philosophy: treat every subject as a star. He captures stills of families, high-school seniors, actors, and even pets during customized shoots, and travels off-site to meticulously document weddings. His talent for preserving personalities in his images has led to his status as an in-demand lecturer and magazine contributor, both in America and overseas. Additionally, he can restore cherished antique photos that have been damaged or even ripped into multiple pieces.
Steven Burchard is used to entertaining an audience—he spent 13 years commanding the stage as a magician. So when he established Magical Memories Entertainment, he already boasted a solid understanding of what keeps crowds captivated. That’s why he and his team provide all the trappings for a memorable bash: DJs and bands; clowns, fortunetellers, and caricaturists; photographers and photo booths; and even arcade and carnival games.