Marina Zinovyeva has been creative all her life, so it only makes sense that, when she steps behind a camera, her style is imaginative. Sometimes, Marina employs photo-journalistic techniques. Other times, she takes a candid approach to capture her subjects' honest emotions in the moment. Many of those moments come on the road during on-location shoots, since Marina readily travels to spots around the region. She'll even hop on an airplane or hitch a ride with a passing hot air balloon to shoot destination weddings. When she's not on the road, Marina conducts sessions at a comfortable, private studio in Manchester, complete with a park for outdoor shots.
Lightshed Photography Studio’s three heads—Daniel St. John, Kendra Hack, and Robert Reynolds—are not just photographers, but well-rounded visual artists. St. John began his career with pencil sketches, whereas Hack spent years sculpting, and Reynolds wielded a paintbrush well into college. The trio’s medium-spanning backgrounds shine through in their shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors, which pop with bright colors or elegant black-and-white contrasts edited in after the shoot.
The photographers divide their portrait shoots into two parts, seguing smoothly from traditional poses to more experimental shots as subject-selected tunes thump in the background. Beforehand, subjects hash out their shoot’s details in a consultation which covers specifics from proper dress and prop options to which Madam Tussauds' figurine will pose as their spouse. Afterward, subjects spend a viewing session perusing the best 40 or so proofs from the hundreds of shots snapped in their session, enjoying complimentary coffee or wine in the process.
At Natural Exposures Photography, founder and professional photographer Gaye Hilsenrath relies on natural lighting in outdoor settings to document milestones with clarity and realism. Most photo projects begin with face-to-face consultations, during which clients can voice their desires for the shoot. After the on-location photo session, the staff helps immortalize subjects' special moments by putting together leather-bound photo albums, custom framing images, and chiseling families' faces into Mount Rushmore.
Photographer Jeffrey Dachowski first picked up a camera in high school, and from his credits and credentials, you might think he’d never put it down since. His photos have landed on the pages of Rolling Stone and Woman's World, and his trophy case is lined with nine Kodak Gallery awards and two Fuji Masterpiece awards. Eventually, Jeffrey and his wife, Carolle, planted their own studio on the banks of the Merrimack River, where they teach photography classes in addition to working for commercial, portraiture, and wedding clients. Indoor courses teach Photoshop at beginning and intermediate levels, and the day-long Portrait Safari brings pupils outdoors, where they can capture scenes of majestic puppies in the wild.