Led by veteran fine-art photographer and instructor Mary Gulino, My Artist Loft's photography, painting, and Photoshop workshops guide aspiring artists through the intricacies of camera operation and the art of composition. Photography classes cover concepts ranging from basic camera function to advanced operational settings as Mary draws on her expansive technical knowledge. In addition to photographic pursuits, My Artist Loft also encourages expression through its painting classes, where novice and experienced artists alike pursue projects from landscapes to abstracts aided by one-on-one instructor attention. My Artist Loft’s art shop keeps home studios stocked with canvases, paints, cameras, and tripods and designs websites for businesses.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Elizabeth Toller Productions is a professional photography studio that combines traditional methods with digital image-enhancement techniques to accurately make reality better. With over 10 years of experience, Elizabeth Toller’s cameras click masterfully to capture the souls of families, political candidates, corporate-event attendees, and inanimate objects. First, clients will meet with the photographer to discuss session locations, themes, and clothing styles—options that are only limited by imagination and the client's wardrobe of stolen circus costumes. Clients will then spend a 30-minute photo shoot ($100) acting natural, interspersed with practicing their best vogues. Later, a special projection proofing process allows light reflectors to preview the results on a big screen to simplify image selection. Later, clients will receive a 5"x5" photo book ($95) that includes 10 two-dimensional clones of themselves for safe keeping at home.
Seasoned shuttersmith Karen Mayo has honed her photography skills over the last 20 years to capture family moments and female forms in public and private sessions. Mayo specializes in children and mother-and-child shoots, arranging parents and their progeny cheek-to-cheek and directing kids' foci in the same direction. The soft, ethereal quality in her color and black-and-white images develops from the use of natural light that streams through her beachside studio's windows or from the miniature sun tied to her wrist. Boudoir photography sessions capture feminine frames under skillfully arranged lighting while striking expressions with the sauciness of a crushed tomato.
"We tell stories . . . let us help tell yours." Siren Song Studios' mission statement isn't just lip service. The company supports this heartfelt request with a wealth of photography and video services to efficiently ensnare memories in visual, audio, or digital form. Movie montages employ graphics and music to bring moments from wedding days to family trips to multi-sensory life, and photo shoots gather loved ones at chosen locales to commemorate special occasions or ensure that everyone can read a map. The studio also produces web videos and commercials for local and national businesses.
As a kid growing up in Argentina, Jonatan Saine had an urge to capture the beauty that surrounded him in architecture, the natural world, and people. But it wasn’t until moving to the United States with his family and later working in the modeling industry that he came to realize photography is the means to that end. Today, he captures beauty during portrait sessions for families, newborns, kids, moms-to-be, and even pets. He also covers events such as live music and quinceañeras.