Cars line up at the drive-thru window, where instead of bags of burgers and fries, staffers hand over bundles of glossy personal photos. Inside Creative Photo & Digital Imaging, digital techs convert media such as VHS tapes, records, and reels to DVD and CD, while across the store, photo experts transfer snaps onto album prints, museum-grade canvas wraps, and gifts such as coffee mugs and puzzles. Heirloom family portraits, ravaged by rips and sun damage, doff their imperfections in the photo-restoration lab, and an onsite portrait studio captures clans as they update their sweater sets through the years. Creative Photo & Digital Imaging also hosts photography classes on subjects from how to take better pictures on camera phones to the intricacies of digital SLR cameras.
Winner of Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice Award in 2012, Complete Music Video Photo fulfills its namesake by stimulating events with music, video, and photography services that energize venues and record merrymaking for fond reflection. The outfit dispatches talented DJs and audiovisual specialists to events of every sort, be they joyful weddings, spirited school dances, or wild parties for the national chaperone's association. Event planners can also add a photo booth to their get-together, which comes complete with a prop box to let subjects express their quirky sides.
Signature service: Outstanding Family Portraiture
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Cannon
Pro Tip: fill your kids with enthusiasm... for this will be a really fun time with us.
Pedraza Photography’s dedicated photographer believes a good photo can show the inner beauty sometimes missed among the hustle and bustle of daily life. During portrait and fashion shoots he creates a relaxed environment where clients can be themselves and exhibit that inner beauty. He holds photo sessions for everyone from models to families, students, and moms-to-be. Stock photography, band photo shoots, and architecture photography are also passions of his.
For Ken Salos, photography isn't so different from fishing. An experienced angler and second-generation captain, he developed patience and an eye for detail during a lifetime of hunting tarpon, redfish, and trout. These same talents now come in handy behind the camera, helping Ken teach his photography students how to coax eye-popping shots out of their DSLRs. Although Ken's face may stay behind the lens, his heart remains with the water. In addition to documenting his own fish stories, Ken also lends his skills as a fish-tracker and a shutterbug to his fellow fishermen and hunters by enshrining their trophies in rugged, understated portraits.
Loyalty to digital cameras’ factory settings can hinder photographers shooting in unusual venues. Photographer Paulo Jordao teaches his students to manually adjust their settings to suit their surroundings during hands-on workshops, whose curricula also emphasize lighting, composition, and post-shoot editing. Open to all skill levels, the workshops can expand semi-professionals’ skill sets or aid parents trying to document their tots’ childhoods without adding extensive footnotes to their height chart.
When he’s not teaching workshops, Jordao, along with his wife, Peggy, who is also a photographer, can be found snapping photos of newly engaged couples, capturing sultry boudoir shoots, and shooting videos for special events.