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, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick 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.
In an effort to help the people of Japan still reeling from this historic catastrophe, Kemmetmueller Photography is volunteering its resources and the skills of its staff to raise money for American Red Cross's relief efforts. If at least 25 contributions are made to today’s G-Team campaign, Kemmetmueller will provide each donor with a 45-minute family, individual, or baby portrait session, plus proofs and $50 toward prints (a $399 total value). The photo shoots will be conducted either at Kemmetmueller’s 3,000-square-foot indoor studio in Deephaven or at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. (Donors will not need to pay arboretum admission for photo sessions.)
Sugar and Spice owners Chelsey and Angela haven't forgotten the fear that consumed them when they first bared all in front of a foggy camera lens. This awareness is what makes them the ideal pair to helm a boudoir photography studio, which pairs its solo shoots with sessions incorporating couples, pinups, and pregnant subjects. By drawing from their past experience, all-female staff members work to ease subjects' fears as they highlight their best features, no matter what size, shape, or kind of droid they might be. Since the studio doesn't dabble in wedding shoots or children's photography, Sugar and Spice is able to pour all of its resources into its boudoir photography, which is reflected by its 20 different sets, more than 200 pairs of thigh-highs and stockings, and hundreds of outfits in sizes 0–22.
If clients start to get lost in piles of lingerie, the team has plenty of ideas and ready-made looks to choose from, such as the girl next door in jeans and a T-shirt or the more involved bikini-clad George Washington crossing the Delaware. Touting itself as the only stateside boudoir studio to offer complimentary clip-in hair extensions, Sugar and Spice also flaunts its beauty retouching services, which are included with every session.
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Rather than hauling unwieldy lighting equipment to every photo shoot, Jennifer Togal relies on natural sunlight to illuminate her subjects. For all of her on-location photo shoots, Jennifer whisks her clients—engaged couples, newlyweds, and even youngsters—away to idyllic settings such as woodland trails and sandy beaches. Once there, she uses her friendly manner and professionalism to put clients at ease in order to capture moments as natural as her lighting. During the shoot, she snaps candid shots instead of positioning clients in traditional portrait poses, such as seated in a wingback chair or bent over limbo-style. Afterward, Jennifer preserves her client's favorite pictures with various-size prints, digital images assembled on CD, or negatives launched into space where they orbit earth forever.