Using a combination of soft texture and natural light, photographer Matt King snaps photos of children and families that look like they could have been drawn in pastel. His more than 50 acres of Tennessee countryside surround subjects as they pose amid flowers, sit in leaf piles, or pick their steps across a smooth, clear brook. When he’s not taking photos in his own neck of the woods, Matt meets clients at other Tennessee locals where he scouts out photogenic backdrops.
After working for 13 years in the soft-drink industry, Dave Bunk shifted career paths and searched for an occupation that stirred his passion. Upon founding Real2Reel Photography, David assembled a staff of photographers, graphic designers, and touchup artists that snaps and produces headshots, wedding pictures, and portraits of families or pets. Clientele can pose within Real2Reel Photography's downtown Memphis studio or rendezvous with the shutterbug crew at locations such as the Main Street strip mall, the Memphis Botanic Gardens, a high-school sports arena, or wormholes that lead to the Taj Mahal. Viewings commence three to five days after every session, wherein participants can review their proofs and select which favored retouched shots would best befit digital images or prints. Models can also commission Real2Reel Photography's in-house designer to fashion custom albums, coffee-table books, or hand-crocheted needlework portraits to accompany their photography packages.
Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
While Jaffe's friendly crew didn't invent the camera, that doesn't mean they won't someday brainstorm the notion of a time-freezing cube in a parallel universe wherein cameras have yet to be invented. Jaffe Studio's staff of expert professionals has more than 30 years of experience when it comes to capturing the picturesque unity of a loving family, the innocence of juvenility, and the wonderment of a band of roving goat children. Nurturing directorial skills coax natural smiles out of newborns, soon-to-be mums, high-school seniors, families, and pets. A session can even commemorate the joys of marital engagement or the promise of potential that shines in a post-graduation tooth display.