Rick Bern discovers beauty and intrigue in even the most mundane details of the world about him. Fueled by that passion, he turned his photography hobby into a full-fledged career, publishing work in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and winning the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire.com. With an armada of Nikon cameras and gear suited to on-location and in-studio shoots, he spends his days snapping crisply composed photos during weddings and bar mitzvahs, as well as portrait sessions for actors, families, and kids. Having grown his business so successfully, today Rick surrounds himself with a team of equally skilled full-time shutterbugs to better cover a wide range of events and shoots, and promises a 100% money-back guarantee if his customers aren’t completely satisfied with their sessions. He also commits himself to the community by working with organizations such as March of Dimes and Youk’s Kids.
Lightshed Photography Studio’s three heads—Daniel St. John, Kendra Hack, and Robert Reynolds—are not just photographers, but well-rounded visual artists. St. John began his career with pencil sketches, whereas Hack spent years sculpting, and Reynolds wielded a paintbrush well into college. The trio’s medium-spanning backgrounds shine through in their shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors, which pop with bright colors or elegant black-and-white contrasts edited in after the shoot.
The photographers divide their portrait shoots into two parts, seguing smoothly from traditional poses to more experimental shots as subject-selected tunes thump in the background. Beforehand, subjects hash out their shoot’s details in a consultation which covers specifics from proper dress and prop options to which Madam Tussauds' figurine will pose as their spouse. Afterward, subjects spend a viewing session perusing the best 40 or so proofs from the hundreds of shots snapped in their session, enjoying complimentary coffee or wine in the process.
Worcester Photo Studios unveils a picture-snapping emporium to customers and photographers alike. Inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, a dozen shooting areas surround sessions in a wide range of settings, and mammoth bay doors grant access to larger-than-life props, such as cars, boats, and scale replicas of downtown Worcester. For shutterbugs lacking their own home base, the studio offers a membership program that includes use of its spaces; in the future, the studio plans to install a classroom, salon-style stations, and a kitchen set, complete with fully functioning appliances and a fully functioning Emeril Lagasse.
Nothing beats the view from the skies, so it makes sense that a picture from hundreds of feet in the air can provide a new, beautiful perspective. At Cape Cod Aerial Photography, professional photographers use a Cessna 172 or a helicopter to climb to these scenic heights, taking shots with digital equipment. Click here to see some of the company’s shots, ranging from a broad shot of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to a bird’s-eye view of the Zakim Bridge.
The company specializes in photography of Cape Cod (most shots take place within 50 miles of Plymouth Airport), but they’ve flown to numerous spots in New England, as far as Vermont and Connecticut. These kinds of photos can help proprietors advertise businesses or assist homeowners in visualizing how to arrange their living space when they move all their furniture to the roof.
It’s no surprise that Brad Seaman ended up in the photography business. He is the son of a father who worked as a global film-supply manager for Kodak and dabbled in professional photography and a mother who seldom left home without her camera. Though Brad's immersion in the photo world was something of a recent development—he started the company in 2011—he has quickly demonstrated an innate flair, using his Nikon D700 Pro DSLR to snap nearly 25,000 pictures in a year and glamorize clients in pictures commemorating their high-school graduation, engagement, wedding, or return from a tour with the Ghost of Braces Past. Brad also specializes in portraits of families and pets, letting clients celebrate the togetherness of their household and its four-legged mascot.:m]]
Cinematically framing moments within the lenses of their professional filming equipment, Hayward Videography's team captures all memorable events on DVD. They shoot everything from weddings and bar mitzvahs to award ceremonies, speaking events, and family reunions, editing all video for seamless productions.
When Jamie Hayhurst does a photo shoot, she strives to snap fun, candid, and original shots before burning each image onto a CD and presenting it to her clients. To give her subjects as many options as possible, she only deletes photos with accidental blinks, bad lighting, and intrusive sasquatches. The shutterbug does most of her memory-catching outdoors or in her clients' homes, where she snaps portraits of seniors, moms-to-be, families, ceremonies, and kids. Her portfolio often features spontaneous smiles backdropped by scenic lakes, fields, and babbling brooks with bright-green grass or fall colors, depending on the time of year. Dutch tilts add dynamic compositions to her shots, which she renders in black and white, color, or warm sepia tones.