At the age of 13, photographer Sherri Griffin developed a passion for photography that carried through high school, college, and a 25-year professional career. With a focus on the art form rather than mechanics, Griffin’s portfolio showcases on-location and in-studio portraits brimming with natural emotion, poses, and declarations of "cheese." On-location shoots often take place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Aldridge Gardens, and Arlington Antebellum Home. In addition to standard prints, Griffin offers hand-painted color images, gallery wraps, and canvas prints.
Kristie P. LaRochelle, a celebrated Birmingham-area photographer with degrees in photography and graphic design, captures genuine, contemporary portraits of children, families, babies over 3 months, or pets in casual settings. Clients can choose between a studio session or a location shoot at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where subjects can smile amid lush fauna that rarely blinks. Kristie fosters a laid-back atmosphere to help capture authentic moments, and uses digital SLR equipment to produce top-notch digital images that can be printed up to 5" x 7". In addition, clients will choose three images to compile for a signed 10" x 20" high-resolution art print, ideal for installing on flat roofs to document children to their satellite grandparents. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
The team at 4D Mommies specializes in snapping baby portraits—before babies are born. Instead of traditional cameras, the specialists harness ultrasound technology to shoot pictures and videos of soon-to-be-newborns. They can capture a baby's face as early as the 26th week, and can usually identify its gender at 15 weeks. As ultrasounds unfold, visitors can share the images with their family and friends in real time, courtesy of live-streaming Sonostream technology.
The HD-recording equipment used by Dan Black Studios's staff today would seem alien 30 years ago, when the company was founded. Just as their work has changed with the times, their video-digitization services bring families' old tapes into the digital age, preserving memories for decades to come. The Dan Black team also shoots HD video for local clients and national TV networks, capturing professional work on location or at their 2,000-square-foot sound stage.
Signature service: Family engagement and maternity photos
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Canon
Pro Tip: Mandatory 24-hour cancellation policy. Additional $25 fee applies [for no-shows].