Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Natural light is what gives Pretty Lil' Prints' portfolio its distinctive look, from the halo of sunlight captured in a girl's hair to the deepening shadows on the sphinx replica in Las Vegas. The studio's pictures straddle the line between naturalistic and modern, whether shot in a hollow of a rock outcropping or beneath a city skyline. Each photo includes a retouching service, which ensures that shots return free of blemishes and would-be photo bombers.
Photographer Stuart Townsley uses a trained eye and high-tech equipment to capture memories into frameworthy prints and digital art, using 10 of LA's most attractive landmarks as backdrops. The famed local sites where he sets up camp—such as the roaring Pacific Ocean under Santa Monica Pier or the 1930s architecture and picturesque fountain of Union Station—elegantly complement subjects' smiling visages. His shutter snaps hundreds of times during each photo shoot, immortalizing the faces, poses, and secret handshakes of families and well-behaved pets. Well-versed in state-of-the-art retouching gear, Stuart unfurls his astutely edited creations onto glossy prints, canvases, and online albums.
Stuart's advice on what to wear and bring to shoots, garnered through 12 years of professional experience, conveniently resides online to aid in the selection of appropriate outfits for every mother, father, child, or hamster.
Romeo and Kimberly Rider, the husband-and-wife team behind Skyrider Photography, shoot the vast majority of their photos using natural light. Whether outdoors or in their studio, the duo harnesses the sun's natural power to create images for everything from advertisements to vintage art. But with the rise of social media and the decreasing popularity of sculpted busts, much of the Riders' work now centers on headshot photography. They work with clients to select wardrobe pieces that blend color and texture, crafting images that will showcase personality to casting agents, bolster a website's "about me" section, or delight estranged third-grade classmates on Facebook.
Yuen Lui Studio has been creating photographic heirlooms since time began in 1947. During the photo session ($25 for one person, $30 for up to eight), models can surrender their souls to the camera indoors at Yuen Lui's studio or let nature provide the backdrop at a choice of 11 outdoor beach locales. After flashing their way through a set of expressions, customers should have enough data to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging on the wall for the past 600 years. As proof that the photo shoot actually happened, Yuen Lui Studio will transform a single pose into one 8”x10” print ($79), two 3”x5” prints ($36 for the first, $30 for the second), eight wallet-sized prints ($33 for the first four, $27 for the rest), and a disc that holds the pose as a digital prisoner ($250).