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.
Photographer Francine Slate does things a little differently. "I am unique in that I don't try for the 'say cheese' fake smiles," she says. Within her prop-equipped studio or at a location of the client's choosing, Francine conjures natural looks and emotive winks with her clever blend of vintage and modern styles. After each shoot, clients can review favored stills on a password-protected online gallery that can be shared with family, friends, and prospective caricaturists. Francine can then preserve chosen shots with prints, high-resolution images, and canvas gallery wraps.