Photographer Dina Ivory has cultivated more than 30 years of experience in her field—shooting timeless portraits of adults, children, and infants. Dina and her staff grease the wheels of each shoot, ensuring things run smoothly by catering to kids with treats, assisting subjects with wardrobe and prop choices, and supplying parents with diapers for little ones. The client-focused experience, which helped the studio win a “Best of” nod in 2010 and 2011 from Tallahassee Magazine, continues with complimentary portrait consultations, wherein an expert photographer walks subjects through their photo options before the camera starts clicking. Inside the studio, Dina snaps families in front of classic backgrounds before digitally retouching each batch of shots. Outside, Dina guides guests to a picturesque farm on Sunray Road where she captures subjects gliding through the air on a tire swing, leaning against a bale of hay or a vintage 1948 Ford truck, or giving a pedicure to a belgian draft horse.
Though Jeff and Sabrina Williams come from very different backgrounds—Sabrina grew up in urban Rio de Janeiro, and Jeff hails from a rural area of Memphis—they share a mutual love for photography that ignited their personal and professional relationship when they first met in 2000. The award-winning duo developed this passion through eight years of formal education, which led to their MFAs in photography as well as the creation of JS Photography.
As the parents of two young boys, Jeff and Sabrina have a particular interest in family, newborn, and maternity photography. Combining the best aspects of fine-art and commercial photography, they strive to capture timeless images that are both classic and contemporary, while avoiding outdated trends such as drawing handlebar mustaches on each subject. Together, they've also immortalized more than 1,250 weddings across their careers and have also enjoyed imparting their talents and knowledge of Photoshop, lighting, and black-and-white film to other aspiring shutterbugs while serving as part-time teachers at the University of Florida.
With a penchant for outdoor shoots and eco-friendly practices, the shutterbugs of Shannon Whitaker Photography preserve connections between their portrait subjects and the world around them. They travel to Gainesville's urban and rural locales from a boutique studio, amassing honest snapshots of families, expectant mothers, infants, couples, and teens. Though they deftly capture standard poses, they prefer to snag the creative, split-second stills that speak to the client's individuality. To this end, they provide personalized consultations and maintain a meticulous attention to detail for each photo collection.
The business's environmentally conscious methods cut down on photographic waste without requiring the staff to make their prints collage-style out of images from past shoots. Their packaging is recyclable, and they can build photo albums from vegan materials on request.
Skilled shutterbug Rya aspires to join the lofty ranks of photosmiths such as Jade Albert and Annie Leibovitz through the natural light and natural smiles captured in her artistic portraiture. Her relaxed approach to shoots has landed her work in Home Magazine, and her winsome way with children—a demographic that usually responds to cameras by screaming until their lenses shatter—has yielded commercial images for youth surfwear and dental services. No matter her subject, Rya captures candid poses, drawing out family dynamics and catching the hopefulness of graduating seniors. After shoots, she retouches images and creates online galleries that clients can browse to order enough prints to wallpaper a dining room.
Boasting photo credits in Sports Illustrated and the Daytona Beach News-Journal, husband-and-wife team Gregg and Angel Adams Pachkowski draws on its photojournalism experience to masterfully frame shots inside the 2,000-square-foot studio at Photography 35. During portrait sessions, Angel carefully tailors classic lighting and works to keep sitters relaxed so the camera captures their true personality. And when working a wedding, both photographers flit seamlessly in and out of the crowds to capture unposed moments, from spontaneous dance parties to revelations that the groom is actually a horse.
Fracture emblazons digital photos across ultra-clear ready-to-hang glass, providing a high-definition alternative to traditional framing. Shutterbugs upload cherished mid-birthday snapshots or flattering mid-sneeze mug shots to Fracture's website, and Fracture transmutes images into ready-to-mount glossy masterpieces. Final sizes range from 8 inches ($8) to 18 inches ($35) and can be shaped as portraits, landscapes, or squares, with tailored dimensions that render cropping unnecessary. Unlike cartographers, Fracture's clientele can choose from a variety of borders for their 2-D masterpieces, which can be delivered anywhere in the continental United States in as early as seven days.