Ken, the founder of Munson-Cox Portrait Design, set up his studio with children in mind. To get genuine smiles out of adults and young ones alike, the photographers constantly reach for their fun-loving sides, ready to roll around on the ground with tots to get the perfect angles or get them smiling by debating favorite ice-cream flavors.
Amber Richardson Evers, owner of Lifestyle Portrait, has always been fascinated by photography; she recalls photographing still-life scenes as early as the second grade. But it’s only in the past 10 years that she’s devoted her career to snapping senior portraits, weddings, and baby portraits. Ever aware of light, composition, and color, she makes her subjects shine both in the studio and on location. Her welcoming persona allows customers to relax and be themselves—even her portraits of pets, which are naturally without artifice and opposable thumbs, exude peace and humor.
"Modern vintage" is the oxymoronic phrase that best describes the work of photographer Erick Johnson. Though his low-contrast images, use of sepia tones, and the exposed brick and distressed wood floors of his studio hearken back to a bygone era, his portfolio is unmistakably of-the-moment, featuring casual poses, outrageous props, and a youthful, carefree sensibility. When Erick isn't documenting weddings and events with a photojournalistic diligence or a quirky photo-booth mentality, he sticks to his studio turf for portraits of kids and familie. Most shoots come with an online gallery that stays open for two months, which is useful for showing off to faraway loved ones or escaping the disapproving stare of a judgmental motherboard.