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.
Self-described “photo geek” Stephen Jones first picked up a camera—his dad’s Pentax SLR 35mm—in high school. He enjoyed the hobby, and decided to hone his photography skills at the University of Georgia, where he earned a BFA in photographic design and graduated cum laude. After more than a decade in the newspaper industry, an unexpected layoff gave Jones the jolt he needed to pursue his passion and open his own studio, Studio 331.
Today, the photographer distinguishes himself from the hundreds of others in his field by passing the rigorous exams and portfolio reviews necessary to earn the title of Certified Professional Photographer—an honor that only a small percentage of professional photographers hold. Jones specializes in weddings, where he shoots brides as they primp for their big day and newlyweds as they walk away from the altar amidst steaming showers of rice pilaf. His family shoots capture the emotional bonds between youngsters and their parents; his senior portraits, in contrast, showcase the confidence and potential of soon-to-be graduates.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
Photographer Kristy Mone’ takes a special interest in light—how it can set a mood, play across a face, and create pocket s of shadow. She applies her lighting expertise to a variety of shoots, using her Nikon camera to photograph engaged couples, smiling families, and models donning hot new trends. She also shoots musicians as they light up a stage or give their instruments pep talks in the green room.
During the 60-minute session, K&C Photography's staff harnesses more than ten years of experience in shooting and staging photographs that exhibit artistic flourish and meticulous detail and highlight raw emotion. Photographers will exploit natural light and capture un-staged poses of up to six people per shoot, implementing their artistry and expertise to ensure that newborn babies' eyes face forward and pet turtles' bald spots remain hidden. Employing their energetic directorial skills, K&C's shutterbugs will position participants in numerous poses, and digital-quality equipment commemorates graduations, weddings, and other momentous events that move by too quickly to be accurately depicted by courtroom sketch artists. Packages also include a professionally edited DVD with printable, high-resolution images for digital preservation.
Whenever Susan Price looks at a clock, it likely reads family time. She is a mother of three and the owner of Capturing Joy, a photography studio that specializes in outdoor photo shoots for high-school seniors, families, and kids. Most of her photos are in color, lit by sunlight, and set against rural backdrops, such as a field or a stack of Old MacDonald’s royalty checks. Susan is an outdoorsy type—she likes to garden and her family has a lot of pets—and one of her favorite photo-shoot tricks is to hand youngsters a few rabbits and snap pics of the ensuing cuteness.