With over 45 years of professional portrait services experience, the energetic staff of 10 at Bright Side Portraits take pride in their in-studio and outdoor shoots. But they really shine during Day in the Life sessions—shoots that combine candid portraiture with photojournalism. Over three to four hours, a shutterbug follows their subject around the city, documenting their activities and warning them of any open manholes. Regardless of the shoot, Bright Side precedes each one with a consultation where the portrait consultant discusses aesthetic, wardrobe, and location with the client to ensure they are getting what they want. Scheduling is available online 24/7.
Before he could enroll in his first middle school class, Jim Hilgedick already had a portfolio of his own pictures. At the age of 9, Jim began teaching himself film development and printing, and before long, he was documenting graduations, school events, and vacations. His enlistment into the Army in 1985 initiated a 19-year hiatus from photography, which finally ended when he founded JH Portrait Design.
Inspired by the inextinguishable passion he had for photography in his youth, the award-winning photographer specializes in portraits of high school seniors. Jim snaps artful pictures of students in his studio or at locations meaningful to them, from their favorite park in town to their favorite hiding place for their lunch money. After each session, he retouches images to remedy any blemishes or dark circles, and arranges prints into products such as wall portraits, folios, and books.
Michael Weber and Nick Adams aim their lenses at everything from beaming couples to photogenic plates of pasta. The two harness more than 25 years of combined experience as they craft images—not the kind that sit sedately in frames, but rather the kind that leap out, grab your face, and launch into stories about dimpled babies, flying mortarboards, and couples vowing to stay together in sickness and in health. Their artistic, modern style yields images perfect for family albums but also polished enough for model portfolios. They share the techniques behind that deft approach during introductory and advanced photography classes, passing down their exuberance for the art form whose development spared museum-goers from more dreary years of staring at da Vinci’s finger paintings.
Skilled, friendly photographer Katie Fears captures sensual, classy images that highlight her subjects’ best features in a private boutique studio located within the Semple Mansion. Models relax with a complimentary glass of bubby before they slip into three ensembles, pairing thigh highs with corsets or with favorite brachiosaurus costumes. Although not covered by this deal, patrons can pay an additional fee for a professional to coax locks into elegant coiffures and apply cosmetics with an artistic touch. Images from the shoot undergo a skilled retouching that rivals the improvements chiselers made on Mount Rushmore. Prints begin at $75, and subjects can acquire a leather-bound book, mounted art canvas, or DVD with all their images and print rights for an additional cost.
Oozing with passion and more than 10 years of experience in professional shutterbugging, Meghan Doll's sharp eye for detail and sidekick lens work in tandem to smoothly capture the precious moments of families and their prized hedgehogs. Those preferring a slightly more controlled environment can head to her spacious studio for an indoor session (a $175 value), where Doll will use artificial lighting and smile traps to lull striking poses from prolonged hibernation. Her patient and natural approach also translates finely to outdoor sessions (a $200 value), where she ably captures the raw energy of kids in their natural habitats—on the grass, in a sandbox, or upon a gleaming lily pad. Post-session, clients will be presented with one sprayed and mounted 8’’x10’’ master print photo (a $75 value), poised for adorning mantles or future screen-printed sweaters. Additional prints will be available for purchase.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression?she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura?s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego?s foamy beaches to Denver?s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest?s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.