Photographer Frank Barbera wields his camera to capture both candid and posed moments between loved ones, his snap-happy skills earning him a nomination for Best Photographer in the 2010 Philly Hot List. Pre-photo session, Frank holds an in-studio consultation with clients to discuss locations, wardrobe, and portrait ideas before scheduling an appointment to head to the desired destination. Whether snapping pictures of a small family, a newly engaged couple, or a marching band making a human pyramid, the experienced shutterbug freezes frame-worthy moments, later projecting the images onto a large screen so subjects can select their favorite. The group receives one 8"x10" and one 5"x7" print of the same pose, perfect for gracing walls or headlining the monthly family newsletter.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where professional photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a professional, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket or a family heirloom. From a first baby portrait to senior pictures and engagement photos, JCPenney Portraits helps to preserve special family memories to come.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond traditional printed portraits, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution CD, gallery wraps, wall art, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Harry Thomas' love of photography began at 11, when his father, recently returned from the Air Force, brought home a German-made Exacta 35mm SLR camera. Harry has since updated to digital, but he draws on a lifetime of taking pictures with all kinds of cameras at his eponymous studio. In his journalistic and commercial work, he masterfully lights mostly candid, spontaneous moments. For portraiture, on the other hand, he coaches subjects into striking dramatic, artful poses, which he preserves with products such as digital images and prints.
Professional photographer Barton Paul honed his camerawork on jobs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, shooting more than 700 weddings in his career. In his work with wedding photography, engagement shoots, and family portraiture, he seeks to follow natural action rather than contrive it, creating more authentic work.