After receiving her degree in photography and graphic design, Kelly Powell traveled the world in search of frank, heartfelt images—a journey that took her from historic Italian villages to the war-torn plains of Africa. The owner and head photographer of Elements Studio Photography channels these experiences into her camera work, which blends candid shots with traditional portraits and oversized thought bubbles to convey the true emotions of the day. She and fellow shutterbug Rainey Rinaldi specialize in boudoir, portrait, and event photography, with a particular passion for unconventional weddings.
Chris Bendet's photographic methods mash classic melodrama, of-the-moment photojournalism, and modern portraiture to preserve moments that caputure genuine relationships and pure emotions. For one to two hours, cameras catch the countenance of you and up to 49 of your progeny and pets, perfect for capturing large family gatherings or couples portraits with an eccentric backdrop of 48 yowling coyotes. Depending on the specifics of your desired shoot, Bendet photography will shoot your session at either their charming Red House Studio ($100) or on-site in a location determined upon consultation ($150). Post-session, three of your images are made into physical prints (up to 8”x10”, $60) and a montage of your photo session and images are collected on a DVD ($200), providing a digital repository for posting your portraiture online or sharing through email, social media sites, or ecarrier pigeons. Should your images require further familiar distribution, Groupon holders will receive a 10% discount on additional prints.
A newborn being cradled in his parents’ hands. A newly engaged couple nuzzling together. A family wrestling a Burmese python for their most recent family portrait. These are the moments that the photographers at Abundant Moments Photography strive to capture during their in-studio and on-location photo shoots. Less concerned with poses and more concerned with spontaneous actions, they keep their cameras focused on babies, seniors, families, and brides and grooms. The resulting photos can be shared online, printed, arranged into a collage, or superimposed on accessories such as bags and jewelry.
Tyler Wirken draws on a background in photojournalism to educate novice and intermediate photographers in the art of shutter snapping. Three accessible class options include camera mechanics, which teaches novice shooters how to take advantage of basic camera functions, manipulate exposure, and use flashes to temporarily stun anyone who comes too close to their hidden stashes of Mr. Goodbars. An extensive camera-control class delves deeper into handling exposure and device settings, allowing those who shoot at the intermediate level to manipulate cameras like devious puppeteers. Light-and-composition classes teach how to cast everyone in the best possible light and why white balance isn't appropriate after Labor Day.
Media-mixing artist Julia Shapiro creatively combines photography and painted portraiture to capture family countenances on black-and-white film enhanced by hand-painted, vintage-style color. Julia invests time in getting to know individuals and families before guiding them through casual sittings in her loft-like studio. Candid shots can include clothing changes and sentimental props such as a beloved teddy bear or a favorite vacuum robot. About a week after the shoot, patrons return to pick up the completed set of proofs and select an image for the final portrait. Julia develops the chosen image in black and white as an 11"x14" print, then transforms its surface with oil paints according to client taste. The result, much like wedding dresses and the ability to verbally hypnotize squirrels, can be handed down to future generations.
After spending 32 years enriching the lives of children as an educator, Dr. Gwen Larson Morris shifted career paths when her passion for photography led her to found Gwen Morris Studio. With an artistic approach that she describes as "painting with light, highlights, and shadows," Morris uses natural elements to create inimitable portraits for her clients, whether she's snapping maternity pictures, senior pictures, or canine law-school-graduation pictures. As comfortable in the classroom as she is behind a camera, Morris leads aspiring photographers and shutterbugs through workshops in the art of memory preservation, helping them grasp the inner workings of their cameras while finding their own photographic style.