Photographer Christina Brown manages to cast everything in a flattering light. With a degree from The Ohio Institute of Photography informing her techniques, she snaps subjects against natural backdrops that lend each shot its distinct personality. An expecting mother stands against a field of growing ferns; a graduating senior launches into the air with a smile; a newborn rests soundly in his parents’ hands. In black and white or in highly saturated color, Christina’s images are precisely composed without feeling forced, an aesthetic that carries across her regular in-studio or on-location shoots, as well as wedding sessions that capture the big day better than embedding a hidden camera inside the cake.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
When horticulturalist Brian F. Jorg isn't cultivating native plants at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, he treks up to 20,000 miles a year on globe-trotting photographic excursions. As he leads guests through the Great Smoky Mountains or the Peruvian Amazon, he captures nature's grandeur with his digital camera, sharing his ever-increasing portfolio with the world through field guides, educational displays, and mass text messages addressed to “world.” Brian's passion for nature overflows not only into his photography, but into community activities. He can often be seen sharing his horticultural wisdom at area flower shows, teaching classes to the general public, or snapping dynamic images at sporting events.
The family photographs that struck a chord in Danielle Carson’s childhood were never studio portraits; instead, she always felt drawn to candid images and the environments that surrounded them. These days—whether inside her studio or outside at nearby apple orchards, churches, or bridges—she patiently waits for such natural moments to unfold, always ready to capture them with her photojournalistic eye. After quickly snapping her shutter for an engaged couple's kiss, a baby's quirky grin, or a high-school senior's confident smile, Danielle retreats to her editing room where she tinkers with color saturation, creating the black-and-white and antique-style shots that have garnered her plenty of degrees, gigs, and awards over the past six years. Subjects can view their images online and select which ones to preserve as wallet-sized prints, bound albums, or newly minted dollar bills for the backyard playground they've just deemed a country.
Rosanna Jacobson fell in love with photography as she held her newborn baby girl for the first time and wished she could capture the moment forever. Rosanna’s dream became a reality when she and Carla Jacobson, her mother-in-law and a lifelong student of photography, founded Photography by Jacobson. The Jacobsons' lively candid portraits of expectant mothers, families, high school seniors, and cabbage patches teeming with babies combine Rosanna’s artistic New York perspective and Carla’s appreciation for the Midwest’s natural beauty. In their professional studio, they use natural light to produce beautiful, true-to-life portraits.
Artistic pursuits eat up most of Janné Peterson’s time each week. That’s because she’s an elementary art teacher with a master’s degree in graphic arts, fine arts, and art education; a specially trained portrait artist belonging to the Professional Photographers of Ohio; and the founding photographer of Janné Photographics. Janné snaps family portraits with a contemporary style, capturing loved ones linked arm-and-arm against the rich colors of scenic outdoor expanses where many of her on-location shoots take place. In studio, Janné makes use of colored backdrops, lighting setups, and talcum powder-scented air fresheners that cater towards baby photo sessions.