One may think that, being a self-taught photographer, Amanda Weilenmann’s work breaks from convention to yield thickly stylized artistic self-indulgence, but that’s far from the truth. For her, it’s all about the subject. Specializing in on-location shoots, she uses tight focus and a keen eye for natural light to make subjects leap into the foreground amid backdrops of autumn leaves, park benches, or rock walls.
Using the great outdoors as her studio, Giggles and Smiles Photography's resident photog, Heather Barber, photographs families and children as they pose beside rustic barns and verdant foliage. Heather believes natural settings like these are crucial to get clients to display their true personalities. As the shutter clicks, she can capture little ones playing in the leaves, siblings playfully putting gum in one another's hair, and parents holding their children. After shoots, the professional shutterbug can edit images and transform them into styles such as black and white.
For more than 10 years, Somer Ahonen has been helping ladies find their best angles in her 1,800-square-foot studio and capturing their images in flattering and tasteful boudoir photo shoots. Her clients emerge gussied up from a dressing room and saunter into the private shooting bay, where Ms. Ahonen calls upon props such as a bear-claw bathtub or a bed with silky linens to create sensual settings. With several lighting techniques and an arsenal of makeup and editing skills, including airbrushing, she can tweak each image to her clients’ liking.
Don Polo Photography owner Adilfa Ford named her business after the grandfather who raised her on a rustic farm in La Luz, Venezuela. The only surviving pictures of her late mother and grandparents were taken by Adilfa herself as she honed her shutter skills and nurtured the seeds of photographic passion into a blossoming love of the visual arts. Accompanied by her husband, Russ Ford, Adilfa travels the globe to teach photography seminars and add to an impressive resume of more than 800 weddings, returning to her Taylorsville studio to snap more portraits of familial love and newlywed bliss. An ample amount of studio and garden space accommodates small and large portrait groups as they have their contagious smiles immortalized, posing in front of vibrant backgrounds or flourishing greenery. After the team of professional flash dispatchers finishes capturing precious moments, they digitally enhance, retouch, and spellcheck each picture's 1,000 words.
The Dezember Photography team snaps vivid, full-color images ranging from shots of wide-eyed toddlers perched on antique chairs and high school seniors showing off their personalities with footballs or football-shaped calculators to action shots that tell a story—to a father tearfully walking his daughter down the aisle or newlyweds sharing a kiss neck deep in the ocean at sunset. They complement their keepsake shots with cutting-edge technology—after their shoots, subjects can showcase their images on the studio’s custom smartphone app.