Few can dependably predict the future, and Matthew Wolcott probably wasn't prepared to predict even his own destiny while he was studying history at Lee University. A part-time job at Sears Portrait Studio led to classes at the New York Institute of Photography, setting the stage for a full-fledged career snapping portraits and twiddling thumbs in darkrooms. These days, Image Photography is the home base of Matthew's current passion: documenting the slices of life that make up people's personal histories, from birth to weddings and graduation. He snaps candid and posed shots within his controlled studio—where he prefers the sophisticated minimalism of a white background—and his clients can select a favorable outdoor spot for on-location shoots. After each session, he expertly tweaks color levels and digital filters to best accentuate natural grins of each subject while highlighting jawlines that conform to the golden ratio.
After years of snapping photos alone, Matt was joined at Image Photography by Cassie Lawler. While working as a retail banker, Cassie took a vacation to Mexico, where she snapped more than 500 photos. She had a favorite—an image of a beachfront taken from the top of a lighthouse. She hung a print on the only wall that she personally owned, and it was that image that reminded her daily of her inborn passion for photography. When she isn't capturing unforgettable portraits with Matthew, Cassie studies human environmental sciences at the University of Alabama.
The professionals at KELCURT Media work to preserve clients’ memories captured on VHS or in photos, which may degrade over time. Home movies, films, and pictures can be stored safely on DVD, which makes them easier to access and playable anytime. KELCURT Media also shoot commercials and film instructional videos, weddings, and events for clients.
Ever since she was old enough to operate a camera, America Henry has been in love with the art form. After honing her eye at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in 2009, she decided it was time she made photography her career. Today, America continues her love affair with pictures by arranging vivid and detailed shoots for families, kids, couples, and grads. She also shoots promotional pics for bands and professionals as well as weddings and special events.
Christin Elsea Photography specializes in capturing shots of families' youngest members during on-location shoots. One- to three-hour photo sessions capture portraits of newborns, children, or families on glossy prints or social-media-ready digital images.
Khroma Key Media allows its subjects to be photographed almost anywhere without leaving the comfort of the studio. By using chromakey technology, including a green screen, Khroma Key Media lets subjects seemingly appear in any exciting locale they choose, from a jungle to a Hollywood scene to the surface of the moon. This technology also enables their staff to create special packages for their clients, such as kid-created storybooks, cereal boxes, or movie posters.