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.
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.
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.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Memory Frames Photo Booth preserves fun-filled moments by snapping black-and-white or colored photographs during parties, weddings, and other events. Following a five-second countdown, the booth's lights flash, capturing the smiles and Shar-Pei impressions of up to three guests snuggled inside. Two identical photo strips print out in less than 8 seconds, revealing subjects dressed in props chosen from the costume trunk. For large parties, an attendant can attach extendable wings to the booth, allowing up to seven guests in a photo at once.