Photographer Dana Michele, a member of the Professional Photographers of America, describes herself as a “relationship photographer.” Supported by a team of associate photographers, Michele captures candid, heartfelt moments during engagement sessions and family portraits that focus on the affection between her subjects.
Alternatively, she and her staff’s single-subject sessions immortalize high-school seniors before they pack up their hot-air balloons and leave for college, or brand new infants cooing into the lens. Michele’s team strives to tailor their photography to their clients’ sensibilities, which they explore during optional preshoot consultations. Clients can opt for the controlled lighting of the studio, or outdoor shoots with urban backgrounds such as brick walls, public parks, or flocks of pigeons playing chess in the park.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
As a child, Courtney Whitehurst kicked off her camera career in front of the lens as her mother took countless photos. Today, with a decade of experience, the skilled and friendly photographer captures and preserves moments within mantel-worthy kodachromes taken on location. The skilled shutterbug tailors each shoot by incorporating personal items, such as baby's first bottle rocket, or suggesting themes to help subjects ease into their memory-making session. Whitehurst spends at least five hours meticulously editing all photos from a shoot and places no limits on the amount of frames she snaps. She feels passionately about giving back to her community, and when she's not crafting crisp, personal images, she's volunteering with a number of local nonprofits.
As a child, Colleen Lawson would get lost in photography books and family photo albums, entranced by the colors, emotions, and stories that each picture tells. That was her first love, her second occurring later in life—babies and kids. Today she combines her loves, specializing in portraits of newborns and children in picturesque outdoor settings such as floral parks or foam-washed beaches. She also applies her skills to couples and family portraiture, as well as photo sessions for moms-to-be.