Named the Favorite Photographer in the South Bend Tribune's 2008 Readers' Choice Awards, family-owned-and-operated McDonald Studio has been preserving smiles and memories in the Michiana area for 150 years. Memorialize mugs in the click-crazed comforts of McDonald Studio's studio lighting or at an on-location site of choice, including a home, park, or tinfoil castle.
Welcoming a new child. Graduating from high school. Walking down the isle. Husband and wife Eric and Lynda Kelley harness more than 10 years of photography expertise as they capture these lifetime events. Their eye-level and high-angle shots capture posed subjects in color and black and white, highlighting the joy of a toddler as he plays with toys against a studio backdrop, or the bliss of an expectant couple silhouetted against an orange sunset.
At weddings, the duo take pictures from the moment the bride and groom leave for the aisle all the way to the reception, never stopping until newlyweds are satisfied with the coverage or everybody realizes the maid of honor has eloped with the cake. Afterward, Eric and Lynda grant couples full printing rights, assemble every picture onto a disc, and host wedding day images in an online gallery for 270 days.
Thirty or so Haitian children stand in rows behind a man holding an acoustic guitar, their faces registering either uncertainty or expectation. It's an intriguing scene, and it's also proof that even when Andrea Watt is producing travel photography, she finds herself drawn to human subjects. This fascination is borne out by the rest of her portfolio, which consists of heavy doses of infancy pics, senior portraits, and family photos. Andrea likes to take these portraits on-location because it can help clients get into the right mindset—sometimes a toddler just feels more comfortable in her own playroom and a couple feels warmer toward each other in front of the first tree they carved the chemical symbol for manganese into.
Professional shutterbug Shannon Jacobs captures the culmination of formative high-school experiences through senior portraits. She strives to create personality-rich images that celebrate students' accomplishments by filling each frame with personal belongings, unique settings, and invisible friends who’ve been there since the beginning. To that end, she offers packages that include both studio sessions and on-location shoots as well as prints and digital files. When not taking photos herself, Shannon leads learners through the technical aspects of photography during workshops, allowing parents to capture kids in spontaneous moments and flattering light.
Stephanie Karen prides herself on her craftiness. She says she strives to be a combination of MacGyver and Martha Stewart, creating beauty from unexpected sources. This penchant for discovery pervades her photography, which includes shoots of newborn babies, lingerie-clad women, and huge wedding events. Although she's been in the business for more than a decade, she still sheds tears at every wedding, feeling overcome by joy for the couple and empathy for the cake as it's hacked apart.
Beyond photography, she supplies customers with high-quality prints of her work along with high-resolution digital images. She prints pictures to almost any size, her professional equipment transforming blank sheets of glossy paper into keepsakes.
Shannon, the professional shutterbug behind Revealed Images, knows that in order for a woman to strut her stuff she needs to feel comfortable. With that in mind, she consults with each client before determining the wardrobe, location, theme, and objective of each of her models before they begin. After they’ve been styled by Lauren, a professional makeup artist from Folio Salon, clients strike a pose while Shannon aims to snap glamorous images that convey inner confidence and outer beauty in a tasteful manner.