The hay bale-strewn corner of a rustic barn and a gym’s locker room rarely coexist within one building. But they do at The Jim Owens Studios because for the past 40 years, their photographers have snapped portraits not only in front of green screens and backgrounds, but on elaborate in-studio sets. Athletes can flex for the camera before rows of lockers, families can show their country roots on the barn set, and high school seniors can pose with a wall whose rainbow-hued graffiti scrawls out “Seniors.” The photographers can also shoot weddings on location, documenting keepsake moments from newlyweds’ first married kiss to the first petal dropped by the flower girl.
Clarity’s photographers not only customize sessions to clients, they also get to know their clients during shoots for families, newborns, kids, and moms-to-be. By engaging with clients during consultations, and interacting with their subjects during shoots, even playing and singing with the kids in the family, the photographers at Clarity make every session a personal experience. Images can be preserved on photo discs and turned into keepsakes with add-ons such as baby books and custom photo albums.
This family-owned one-stop shop caters to camera-wielders of all skill sets, from novice documentarians to professional photojournalists. The 90-minute Taking Better Pictures course teaches aspiring image-catchers the basic principles of composition, exposure, lens selection, and photographic techniques. Knowledge of these basic concepts can immediately and dramatically improve the quality and clarity of an artiste's snapshots, leading to enhanced family photo albums and an appropriately arty online-profile picture for one's pet lobster. Check the online schedule and call ahead to reserve a spot in the on-site classroom.