In his 20-plus years as a professional photographer, Nathan R. Cailleach has seen the industry transition from a film medium to a digital one, and he understands that clients often prefer one or the other. That's why he works with both, conducting sessions that result in glossy digital images or hand-printed black-and-white archival prints. Said sessions accommodate everyone from families and high school seniors to engaged couples and boudoir models, whom Nathan photographs both on-location or in his studio. What's more, he can also arrange for an in-studio makeup artist for headshot sessions, which can help aspiring actors build a professional resume or get into character for an upcoming role as "photo shoot subject no.4".
Bill Artman has trained his lenses on weddings, families, and special events for more than 40 years, turning precious moments into priceless heirlooms. His commitment to uncovering the innate beauty and expression of his subjects has garnered him the Stern award, the highest prize given by the Professional Photographer’s Association of Greater Kansas City, of which he is a past president. A naturally fast runner, Bill will travel up to 10 miles from his studio to snap location shots amid verdant grounds and scenic bridges. He also welcomes subjects into his studio to pose before backdrops of various themes, colors, and textures.
"While other little ones had their lemonade stands, I had my craft stand," shares Kelli LeBeau, a professional photographer with a lifelong passion for art. After earning her Fine Arts degree, LeBeau dove headfirst into the photography business, lassoing fleeting moments with her trusty camera during photo shoots with high school seniors, families, and newborns. During sessions, she composes photo-journalistic shots, while incorporating natural light and striving to tell the stories that the family dog just can't put into words.
A woman in a gown runs through a fountain. A little girl wearing Mickey Mouse ears watches an airplane as it rolls up to the gate. The footprints of newlyweds mark a red carpet. The images that photographer Jason Domingues captures aren't always expected. In fact, Domingues seeks out unpredictable angles and hones in on surprising details while snapping shots for weddings, family portraits, engagement sessions, and senior pictures. The memory preservation specialist has been featured in the New York Times for his innovative approach to photography and was named a Fear Less Photographer––1 of about 900 photographers nationwide who create artful, sometimes avant-garde wedding portraits.
Unlike many professional artists, Domingues loves to share his secrets, hosting classes for shutterbugs of all skill levels to learn how to effectively use cameras to generate awe-inspiring photos of landscapes and politicians checking their mail. His in-class lectures acquaint beginners to basic concepts, he also takes more advanced students to the city streets and provides ongoing critique and tips while watching them frame shots.
During his over 20 years as a professional photographer, Adrian Vega has strived to inject excitement into his photo shoots. Although Adrian Vega confessed to PhotoShelter that he focused on weddings at the beginning of his photographic career, he always felt like there were moments worth capturing beyond nuptial ceremonies. As a creative exercise, Adrian refocused his lens onto boudoir shoots, and discovered he enjoyed coaching and encouraging his clients while collaborating with them to create empowering, intimate images. In his 1,400-square-foot studio, Adrian Adrian also harnesses his insatiable energy to craft sets, props, and gadgets that enhance each shoot, a dedication to his work that has earned him two consecutive first prizes in the Latino Art Bravisimo contest and a half-page spread in the French magazine Photo.
Portrait photographer Christina Lundeen strives to capture each subject's unique essence through quirky and creative portrait images done in color as well as traditional black and white. The decade Christina spent as a Big Apple resident sparked her passion for photography, inspiring and shaping her artistic vision and honing her talent for infusing photos with a particular energy, mood, or Statue of Liberty photo bomb. Christina continued to sharpen her technical skills during a year-long trip around the world in 2007, and now snaps subjects of all ages on-location or from the comfort of her Kansas City studio.