At Medley Portraits, owner Cassandra Medley creates portraits that capture memories for a lifetime, with a specialization and certification in photographing children with special needs. Cassandra, who has a stepson with autism, sought out extra training because she had difficulty taking her own family portrait. She earned a certification through Special Kids Photography of America, which trained her to interact with kids with special needs such as autism or deafness.
During sessions for children with special needs, Cassandra allows for as much time as the children require—taking unlimited pictures and allowing for unlimited poses to ensure that kids feel comfortable and have fun. Though her specialty is photography for special-needs kids, she happily photographs children of all backgrounds, and is also skilled in high-school-senior portraits and wedding photography.
Think of boudoir photography outfits and you probably think of lingerie. And though there are plenty of black lace corsets and fishnet stockings on display in the Haute Mama Photography gallery, there are also less conventional choices: a loose men's dress shirt and tie, an off-the-shoulders motorcycle jacket, even a strategically placed basketball that serves as a sort of top. It's partly a reflection of the diversity of the photos' subjects, whose figures range from slender to voluptuous, and partly a testament to the creativity of studio owner Leah Severson, who has designed it so that even the studio's most basic package allows for multiple outfit changes. Severson has so thoroughly mastered the boudoir photo business that she holds both group workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions, during which she shares with other photographers tips for posing subjects, establishing the right mood for shoots, and getting their work to appear on the first page of Google results without taping anything to their monitors.
Weddings, newborns, families, and high-school seniors—none of these diverse subjects poses a challenge to Heidi of Simply Yours Photography. Her portfolio is filled with smiles displayed in black and white, full color, antique sepia tones, and deep burgundy tones imported from France. Not content just traveling to on-location photo shoots, she shares her photographic talent with others during outdoor DSLR classes held at Cool Creek Park.
Kurt and Laura Fehr are uniquely suited to capture families on film—not only have they photographed hundreds of families during their professional career, but they also have two kids of their own. Focused on rendering their subjects’ individual personalities, Kurt and Laura take time to connect and consult with their subjects before each shoot. Since they work with subjects of all ages, they also allot time for feeding breaks, changing sessions, and lullabies designed to pacify fussy uncles. In addition to family snapshots, the duo excels in customized high-school senior portraits and professional photos, which can be found above domestic mantelpieces as well as on the walls of Indianapolis businesses.
Astra Creative Photography & Design's newly-married founders, Tabitha and Armando, team up with camera sharpshooters to capture weddings, families, high-school seniors, and newborns with a fashion-inspired photojournalistic style. On-location or in-studio, the team creates richly saturated and detailed images using selective focus, creative compositions, and expert lighting—techniques that they expound on during workshops. They then transform the collected photographs into custom books, retouched digital images, and prints that patrons can display on living-room walls or paste into history books.