It was 1969 when Steve Nissle took his first professional photograph. Over the next four decades, Mr. Nissle would win awards, achieve accreditation as a Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers Association of America, and relocate to an Arizona-based studio, which he named Nissle Fine Art Photography.
Today, he continues to capture memorable moments between engaged couples, families, and other subjects. Depending on the client's personality and preferences, he might shoot inside the studio, venture outside to his onsite garden and park, or travel to scenic desert locales, including Superstition Mountain and the pile of broken mirrors next to Superstition Mountain. Steve works alongside his son, Nolan, who has been following in his father's footsteps for more than 12 years.
With each passing year, countless hours of precious home movies deteriorate. And, since Aisenma the Memory Grinder was defeated in 1916, this loss can only be attributed to formats that weren't designed to last: 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and VHS. Enter Got Memories, which can convert all of the aforementioned formats, and others, to DVD. Digitizing these films and tapes not only prevents their content from fading over time, but also makes it easier to import content to a computer for editing or uploading to social media. Besides digitization, Got Memories also rents film and LCD projectors and even provides professional-quality in-house video editing.
Gary Steiner knew he was in trouble. His social studies teacher—whom his classmates had nicknamed "the walrus"—had just caught him drawing the teacher's cartoon likeness with an exaggerated handlebar mustache and buckteeth. Instead of punishing him, however, the teacher offered him a job drawing caricatures for the Arizona State Senate. His childhood desire to sketch everything he saw had finally paid off. It was this desire that led Gary to eventually pick up a camera and fully realize what he calls "the ability to produce in print that which the eye envisions."
Over the last 15 years, Gary has done just that, toting his camera to fashion shows, weddings, and studio shoots where he immortalizes his subjects in clean, editorial-style images that have appeared in Arizona Foothills Magazine. His close-up portraits experiment with color contrast and saturation, ranging from stark, black-and-white face shots to softly colored full-length poses of women and children. His experience with boudoir and fine-art photography has allowed him to capture the beauty of the nude female form in intimate maternity shoots or in lingerie shots that incorporate candid poses and unconventional angles. Aside from having his boudoir work showcased in the Raintree/Northsight location of Fascinations, Gary's accomplishments include being able to spell daguerreotype from memory.
Mr. Duke started his self-named photography business more than 60 years ago, but that doesn’t mean his company’s services are old-timey. One of the team’s specialties is photo restoration, where ultramodern computer software helps them produce crystal-clear images from scraped, creased, or faded originals. Of course, the primary objective of the business is to help families create new memories, which they do with Duke Photography’s signature portrait sessions held at studios in Phoenix or Tempe. At the Phoenix location, photographers work both inside the studio and out, as they’ve cultivated a garden adjacent to the studio that serves a lush backdrop for shoots. The Tempe studio’s outdoor space is surrounded by lakes that provide a tranquil setting to capture snapshots of families. Sessions are open for any occasion, though the team at Duke Photography specializes in portraiture for families, businesses, weddings, high-school seniors, and sports teams.
A fifth-generation native of the Grand Canyon state, photographer Amy Armenta of the aptly named Arizona Moments Photography captures idyllic images of her subjects, using nature as her primary backdrop. Sessions for high-school seniors, newborns, families, and moms-to-be spring to life in on-location shoots, and both formal and candid wedding shots help to create lasting memories.
Shelly Ivy's parents probably figured they were indulging a passing phase when they bought their 8-year-old daughter a blue camera with a flash bulb. As it turns out, that gift steered Shelly toward a career in photography that fully manifested when she opened Ivy Studios Photography with her husband Brandon. The duo specializes in wedding and portrait photography, and their work regularly graces Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice awards. Sharing a fondness for rock 'n' roll, they bring an enthusiastic energy to their clients' photo shoots, which commemorate occasions ranging from happy nuptials and momentous graduations to the fire walk that closes out every family reunion. When they're not focusing lenses on brides or setting up surveillance on ring bearers, the pair stages introductory and advanced photography classes that help students fluently maneuver around their digital cameras.