The professional photographers at Solaris Photography know that it takes practice to keep their aesthetic senses and photo-snapping muscles in shape. That's why the staff regularly attends and assists with photography workshops and maintains their membership in the Professional Photographers of America and International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. They further perfect their skills while staging in-studio portraits and hitting the road to chronicle weddings and special events. In addition to traditional prints, the studio also creates digital files that can be uploaded to social-media sites or PhotoShopped into daguerreotypes.
Inside her studio, photographer Leighanne Preuss does more than just take pictures. She makes them—or rather, builds them—by piecing together film cameras by hand. In combination with her BFA in fine-art photography, this deep appreciation of the photographic process plays a big role in shaping her introductory workshops. In fact, Leighanne often encourages students to discard automatic settings in favor of making manual adjustments of exposure time, lenses, and fake mustaches. Outside the classroom, Preuss practices what she preaches, snapping high-quality footage of families, kids, and weddings.
Master photographer and staff encourage subjects to bring props and favorite outfits into the digital photo shoots to make each set of images distinctly personal. Dozens of studio sets to choose from allow subjects to arrive at the perfect mood for their family portraits, graduation photos, and headshots for radio jockey gigs. Boudoir sessions allow ladies to celebrate their bodies by accentuating their curves through flirty, romantic, or sensual poses polished with digital touch-ups.
In the more than 25 years Jim Earls has spent behind the lens, he has photographed over 1,500 weddings and countless families, high-school graduates, and children. A former president of the Arizona Professional Photographers Association, Earl also uses his portrait-snapping prowess to teach digital-photography classes. Beginners’ sessions instruct students on how to create quality images by manipulating camera settings, exposure, natural light, and flash. Alternatively, classes on computer and camera functions give step-by-step instruction on how to navigate cameras and upload images that can be edited, printed out, and used to wallpaper a bathroom. Earls leads both indoor and outdoor photography shoots, which help students become more versatile photographers by working among studio settings as well as natural backdrops.
A full-time professional photographer with experience spanning the fields of fashion and photojournalism, with more than a decade of experience photographing weddings around the world. Working with couples to plan both local and destination weddings. Every wedding has surprises – but the quality of your photos shouldn't be.