Jere Visalli of Visalli Photographics wields his 20 years of fine-art photography experience to expertly ensnare relaxed smiles. His wedding photography blends photojournalistic candids with thoughtfully composed portraits, deftly capturing multiple facets of the event. During family sessions in his expertly lit studio, Jere immortalizes resemblances across multiple generations and breeds of cat. Blending photojournalist sensibilities with stylized portraiture, Jere captures intimate moments during weddings or jubilant shows of affection with engagement photos. He also journeys outdoors for naturally lit snap sessions, and can provide subtle retouching and editing to ensure all models look their finest.
Over the last decade, Lynne Klein has worked with hundreds of clients across the San Francisco Bay Area to create portrait art that entire families can cherish forever. A mother herself, Lynne falls back on her own life experiences to pluck fleeting moments from the passage of time and accentuates the importance of those moments with her photography. She often travels to picturesque sites to conduct on-location shoots, but her San Rafael boutique studio—complete with a skylight that brightens sessions with the sun's gleam and grins of on-looking spacemen—also drapes poses in a great deal of elegance. When the last bulb has flashed, Lynne turns the results into unique wall art, collages, canvas portraits, and more.
The picture professionals at Marin preserve motionless moments with an array of digital photo services. Bulk-scanning equipment scans and stores up to 100 photos on one handy disc, employing the same process used to create identical twins and evil doppelgangers to help images go from handheld to byte-sized. Photos must be between 2"x3" to 8"x12", loose (not attached to an album), and free of staples, adhesives, and the fingerprints of wanted criminals. Groupon customers can scan extra pics at a discounted price of $0.25 each (a $0.50 value), and specify a particular chronological order for an additional $5. This Groupon is not valid for scanning negatives, slides, or Polaroid photos. Items that do not meet the requirements for bulk photo scanning can be custom scanned for an additional fee.
Kevin Lozaw's camera-wielding skills have made him an able memory-preserver, taking one of the more exiting times in a couple's life and making it permanent for the filling of picture frames. Your photo CD/DVD allows you to choose a shot from your session to have engraved onto the disc's surface. While a wedding ring commemorates matrimony for a wedded pair, photography is a sharable reminder to friends and loved ones that you did in fact get married and expect house-warming fondue kits and parrots.
Looking back, Mischa and Brianne Purcell seem destined to have become photographers: Mischa was bitten by the shutterbug at the age of 8, when a family friend and photography professor first introduced him to the camera lens. Brianne started even earlier—when she was just 7, she put a camera on her Christmas list right when Santa had just secured the rights to manufacture celluloid. All these years later, the Purcells’ love of the art form hasn’t waned. They bring their enthusiasm and smiles to important events in people’s lives, including weddings.
As Mischa puts it in a video on his website, “It’s a true honor to be paid to create art around people’s love stories. It’s the best thing I could ever imagine doing.” This genuine passion comes through in his photographs. To capture the essence of each couple, the photographer thinks outside of the box. Aside from photos at the church, Mischa might have newlyweds pose in front of old buildings, on a truck bed, or simply in front of a bright blue sky. The photographers extend this sort of creativity to other types of sessions. They can photograph families in fields dotted by wildflowers or stay in their studio to carefully capture senior portraits. Mischa also shares his expertise during workshops, which teach the ins and outs of photography and postproduction.
To propel students feet-first into the industry, the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has designed a project-based curriculum that combines traditional classroom study with real-world training. The school's one-year program covers the filmmaking process from start to finish, including independent filmmaking in different genres such as fiction, commercials, documentary, and straight-to-Internet shorts of cats completing three-act emotional arcs without ever leaving their boxes. At the end of the project-based program, each student comes away with more than five completed projects that include a 30-second commercial and an 8- to 12-minute thesis film, plus crewing on an additional 25 or more student films. The school also leads shorter programs and workshops designed for the active student, film enthusiast, or veteran filmmaker. Workshops include one-day, two-week, five-week, and three-month filmmaking courses, and a six-month documentary filmmaking program, though few humans can stay awake for a full six month-long movie.