Adventure-seeking photographic partners Susan and Stewart Powers capture fun and elegant shots of visitors in their professional studio and garden, and travel to wedding ceremonies to document couples as they establish matrimonial alliances. Families, newborns, lovers, and jury-duty reunions converge for portrait sessions, posing naturally and playfully for shots that are retouched before printing. A verdant garden acts as the backdrop for naturalistic shoots, the sunlight appealingly wreathing clients as they pose beneath stone arches and the low-flung boughs of surrounding trees. Wedding packages allow couples to live out their special days secure in the knowledge that every vow, kiss, and bouquet-related eye injury will be captured for all eternity.
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.
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commercial photography, they strive to capture timeless images that are both classic and contemporary, while avoiding outdated trends such as drawing handlebar mustaches on each subject.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.
Phobooth's team knows photography—its work has been cited in the New York Times, Wired, and Newsweek. So, when staff members set out to develop their photo booth, they upheld high standards, demanding that the booth produce magazine-quality images. Today, they transport their photo booths across the entire state of Florida with no travel fees. After setting up the fully automatic photo booth at parties or corporate events, they welcome guests to pop in and strum fluffy pink guitars while wrapping their friends in feathery boas. The prop box also includes items such as old-fashioned hats or oversize sunglasses, and photos print using an ink that's designed to last the shelf life of mayonnaise—100 years. Phobooth offers three packages: basic, which comes with a disc of all pictures taken; plus, which adds social-networking options; and premium, which includes custom velvet backdrops and screen graphics. A photo-booth attendant delivers and sets up each package and stands by throughout the event.
Husband and wife Eddie and Crystal understand the importance of family as well as the value of a quality product. As the team behind Ella B. Photography, they document weddings and direct stress-free portrait sessions for kids, families, and couples, preserving family memories in the form of quality prints, digital images, and keepsakes.
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.