At the age of 13, photographer Sherri Griffin developed a passion for photography that carried through high school, college, and a 25-year professional career. With a focus on the art form rather than mechanics, Griffin’s portfolio showcases on-location and in-studio portraits brimming with natural emotion, poses, and declarations of "cheese." On-location shoots often take place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Aldridge Gardens, and Arlington Antebellum Home. In addition to standard prints, Griffin offers hand-painted color images, gallery wraps, and canvas prints.
Kristie P. LaRochelle, a celebrated Birmingham-area photographer with degrees in photography and graphic design, captures genuine, contemporary portraits of children, families, babies over 3 months, or pets in casual settings. Clients can choose between a studio session or a location shoot at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where subjects can smile amid lush fauna that rarely blinks. Kristie fosters a laid-back atmosphere to help capture authentic moments, and uses digital SLR equipment to produce top-notch digital images that can be printed up to 5" x 7". In addition, clients will choose three images to compile for a signed 10" x 20" high-resolution art print, ideal for installing on flat roofs to document children to their satellite grandparents. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Professional shutterbug Darlene Grasham seeks honest, candid shots that capture cherished moments of seniors, couples, and families. During shoots inside the studio or great outdoors, professional lenses look for both posed and photojournalistic shots. Children can frolic through verdant fields brimming with natural light, or business executives can flash their pearly credentials before a neutral studio backdrop. Shots aim for natural scenes, avoiding the staged, stiff portrait poses commonly pasted on action figures of politicians. Following the shoot, Darlene uploads proofs to a private online viewing gallery, where subjects can choose their favorite pose to wring through a digital editing tool. Retouched prints then glide onto a shiny CD or traditional print.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit theatre located in Huntsville, Alabama. With a 302-seat performance hall and 3,000 square foot dance studio, Merrimack Hall brings nationally touring artists to Huntsville for performances and master classes.
Capture memories in their natural habitat with a one-hour, on-location photography session in which the studio comes to you. With experience shooting family portraits, baby photos, kids, and more, professional photographer Danielle Smith braves indoor AC blasts or squint-inducing solar rays to freeze a multitude of carefully composed moments in time at a location of your choosing. Danielle’s friendly expertise translates into stunning group shots and solo poses for future mantle-piece ornamentation or library-card identification extravagance. The one-hour session ($75) includes a DVD of 25 retouched photos ($75) as well as password-protected, secure online proof viewing, affording photo subjects the ability to grant looking privileges to only the most complimentary of family members.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where professional photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a professional, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket or a family heirloom. From a first baby portrait to senior pictures and engagement photos, JCPenney Portraits helps to preserve special family memories to come.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond traditional printed portraits, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution CD, gallery wraps, wall art, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.