Professional photographer John Meyer has more than 17 years of soul-stealing experience and will journey up to 15 miles from Burlingame to hunt yours down at a pre-determined location such as a local park or other scenic vista, then capture it in a tasteful portrait. Mr. Meyer is also willing to capture your soul if you deliver it to his studio. You and up to five other family members or friends are eligible to pose for a half-hour portrait session, fitting for headshots, family portraits, engagement shoots, senior pictures, or bronze-statue templates.
Skilled lenser Stephen Johnson parlays his extensive expertise in digital photography into instructing fledgling photographers in the art of digital-moment grabbing. Students begin their day taking in a presentation on measurements and digital exposure techniques and exploring the functions of their cameras, including the zoom, focus, and people-shrinking buttons. Then, Johnson leads a lecture on photographic composition before launching into introduction to the uncompressed raw-image format, which is more flexible than the common JPEG format for printing and color-editing techniques. Enriched by frequent interactive discussions, students come away with stronger knowledge of composition, techniques, and the nuances of the correct pronunciation of "cheese."
Kristin Troyer—a creative, engaging photographer with a penchant for portraits of children and expectant mothers—conducts photo shoots in her San Carlos studio as well as at locations that her clients choose. She takes a relaxed approach to the sessions, allowing children to play naturally with props such as hats, cocoons, hammocks, and blankets while she captures authentic images. Afterward, she edits clients' favorite images, incorporating them into custom-designed cards for weddings or holidays if desired.
With more than 17 years of experience, scrupulous shutterbug Monica Michelle captures alluring poses and come-hither glances in private, inhibition-ousting boudoir photography sessions. Studio sittings begin with a styling consultation, allowing promising pinups to prepare for the camera's flattering gaze by donning smoky eye shadow, styling pillow-tousled hair, or slipping into an enticing pair of fishing waders. A one-hour shoot gives the freshly dolled up enough time to strike a multitude of intriguing poses in the comfort of Monica's private studio. After a series of artistic and professional touch-ups to their preferred pose, newly snapped centerfolds receive two 5"x7" prints and a high-quality digital image ideal for giving to romantic partners or sprucing up hum-drum driver's licenses.
Where most people view the humble VHS tape as a relic of a bygone era, the experts at Audio Video Workshop see it as an endangered species worthy of preservation. With that in mind, they usher spools of easily erased magnetic tape into the digital age without damaging the precious master copies. This professionalism doesn't come by chance; every staff member has a bachelor's degree in broadcast and electronic communication arts ranging from radio and TV to film production, making them a formidable team in the biz. Together they transfer home movies onto DVD, with high-def and Blu-ray options available that project images with pristine quality. Using the Sniper-HD Pro Telecine Scanning system, they can transfer 8mm, Super8, and 16mm film to DVD or Blu-ray. They can also convert various forms of media into digital files for Macs or PCs, letting customers store their nostalgia on a hard drive instead of in their brains, which often fall victim to age and viruses that replace memories with cat videos.
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.