Justine Miller has always done her best to preserve memories. As a young girl, she would watch the Christmas lights on neighbors' houses, blinking hard to hold onto the festive images and etch them into her mind. Today, she still does her best to capture the magic that happens in everyday life. Instead of using expensive lighting equipment or posing her subjects in elaborate scenes, she shoots outside in the natural light and encourages her clients to act naturally so she can capture their real emotions. That may explain why some of her favorite photo subjects are people at their happiest: brides on their wedding day, children at play, newborn babies, and adults lounging in extra-large diapers. Though she prefers to hold sessions outside, she does schedule studio sessions for clients upon request. After a session, she performs light editing on frames before posting them in an online gallery, which clients can peruse to select the images they’d like to print.
Certified professional photographer John Nader specializes in outdoor-portrait photography, weddings, and model shoots. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, John Nader—a member of the Professional Photographers Association—excels at using natural light to create and preserve memories against the backdrop of the great outdoors. Applying subtle techniques such as bokeh, John Nader enhances his subjects—often brides, models, and families—while softening background scenes of trees, pastures, and bears playing chess. Above all, whether catering to a company event, holiday party, or high school reunion, John Nader aims for the complete satisfaction of his clients, exercising a keen sensitivity to the needs and wants of his subjects.
Though fun to produce, abstract, finger-painted tributes may be taken the wrong way, as Picasso found out the hard way in grade school. Instead, capture crystal-clear images with the fetching precision of photographer Kate Williams’s eagle eye, which was grown in a lab. Her love for photography and snagging striking images was nurtured during a three-month journey across 17 countries, just like Marco Polo’s search for himself. Combining a photojournalistic style with formal shots, Kate will capture a variety of planned and unplanned shot options. Each session includes one hour of shooting at any location in San Diego County, an online viewing of 30–40 retouched images. Additionally, the included CD of retouched images is convenient for printing your pics and for entertaining cats with fascinating beams of reflected laser light.
Yvette Sharis Photography is masterminded by Yvette Morales, a friendly photosmith who seizes photo ops and transforms them into high-quality images. Families or groups of up to five individuals can pick a meaningful location to pose for an up-to-two-hour session, as Morales snaps shots that faithfully record each clash of clothing and sparkling eye-apple. The resulting frames will eventually be uploaded to an online photo gallery, and customers can select 15–20 high-res images to be professionally edited and loaded onto compact disc, from which they can be duplicated over and over again, like paper currency.
West House is guided by the keen eye of photographer and digital-image editor Krystal Blase. No matter who's in front of her lens, she always aims to keep the atmosphere playful and the results within her vintage, fashion-forward style. Krystal has snapped subjects ranging from serious, style-savvy models to swooning, lighthearted couples to jumping extraterrestrial tourists, and will happily accommodate an on-location shoot of up to six photogenic persons. When considering location, Krystal typically encourages subjects to select a backdrop that best matches their personal narrative, so you should probably avoid shooting between competing outdoor poetry slams. After your shoot, Krystal will draw on her postproduction expertise to compile your high-resolution images on CD. Disc in hand, you'll be free to spread your shots liberally across the Internet, across the fridges of familial acquaintances, or across the desk of one highly impressed nose-modeling agency.
This Is Life Photography aims to capture life’s meaningful little details by eschewing fake-feeling poses and recording each subject’s true personality. Photographer Marisa robs time of its effects by offering clients a 60-minute photo shoot for up to six people ($250) that pauses a reality illuminated by as much natural light as possible. She will happily capture entire families and ultra-miniature tribes, as well as newborn babies and high-school seniors in solo sessions. You will also receive three gift prints, your choice of sizes 8”x10”, 5''x7'', or 4''x6'' ($180), and one digital file of a print of your choice ($150). Prints can be picked up at a meet-up location or shipped for an extra fee. Additional digital files cost $35, and with today’s deal, clients get 25% off additional prints, 10% off other products such as gallery wraps and albums, and the option of receiving a wedding photography collection for 10% off the current price. See more information on This is Life Photography's Groupon FAQ page.