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.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
One glance at the Bright Side Portraits' Good Times Gallery and it's easy to see what makes photo shoots here so extraordinary. In it you'll find families, couples, kids, and graduates all doing just that?having a good time. That?s because Bright Side maintains a photographic style that is always creative, personal, and, perhaps most importantly, fun for everyone involved. The family-owned company also encourages its clients to bring along special items, such as toys and costumes, to make sessions as natural and light as possible. The eight staff members on hand utilize more than 40 years of combined portrait-making experience to transform studio and outdoor shoots into quality keepsakes that, over time, become even more beloved than a macaroni collage made by the family dog.
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.
JGoods transforms simple shoes into celebrity-worthy sneakers, shodding such high-profile stars as Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z in custom-painted footwear. JGoods (J. Goodman) himself presides over the one-hour customization class, sharing the same prepping and painting methods utilized in such famous footgear as Cam'ron's regal kicks and Mr. Ed’s gold-plated horseshoes. JGoods equips pupils with preparatory wipes for cleansing the shoe-canvas, a palette of specialty sneaker paint—which exceeds 100,000 flexes without cracking in lab tests—and a paintbrush for brushing the hairs of other paintbrushes. The shop encourages students to bring shoes from home to be decorated on the spot and equips the sole-less with a stretch of fabric for practice and companionship.
After graduating from the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography and subsequently working as a celebrity photographer in Hollywood, Brent Dundore moved back to his home state of Minnesota to open his own namesake studio. With a bold yet classic style, Brent brings out the personalities of his subjects with portraits of families, high school seniors, and pets, among others. But his arsenal of portrait styles is practically limitless, with experiencing taking portfolio shots for models, headshots for aspiring actors, and nature stills for animals applying for a spot at the zoo.