Opening a small business might seem like a big step for some people, but Ron Wimmer had seen enough in his life to take a risk. After traveling the world as a photojournalist for five years, Wimmer returned home and opened his first professional studio. He moved his family and studio to the Midwest in 1994, and he has since kept busy doing what he loves: capturing intimate moments from behind the camera. Today, Wimmer works both on location and in a Wauwatosa-based, 2500-square-foot studio, snapping photographs of individuals, groups, and families, among many other subjects.
Fotohuis Photography’s attendant-staffed photo booths and cadre of professional photographers capture timeless moments at weddings, birthdays, and special occasions across Michigan. During each photo-booth rental, an attendant sets up a fully automated booth and remains onsite to answer questions or poke the tiny artists inside the printer to make them work faster. During photo sessions, friendly photographers snap spontaneous images of partygoers and hosts in a natural and relaxed state. In addition to capturing customers’ smiles, Fotohuis performs professional screenprinting and vinyl-graphics services for sports teams, businesses, and uniform enthusiasts.
Paris Studios of Photography’s team snaps eclectic subjects and scenes, from a baby grinning in a metal bathtub to a dog wearing a tie on the beach. However, since 1960, the studio has specialized in one subject in particular: the family. Shoots document parents and kids walking hand in hand along the beach, sharing a stone bench, or lounging in their own living room. The studio’s sessions, held in-house or on-location, can also extend to weddings and engagements.
With this deal, your successful high school survival specialist will receive the one-on-one attention he or she needs to smile for once and not be so sulky. The titular Patrick will be able to coax from even the most surly schlumper the proud man, woman, or supersomeone they will someday be. The resulting photos capture the personality of the subject in a formal setting. Hand out the 56 wallet-size prints to 56 of your family members, or simply loan out the book of proofs for the neighbors to peruse.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
A bride and two of her bridesmaids strike Charlie’s Angels poses, their guns replaced with bouquets, in one image from Justin Hill’s portfolio of artful wedding shots. In another, a child tries on a floor length wedding dress, looking disappointed as its skirt polls on the parquet floor; in a third, a couple’s hands interlace next to Scrabble tiles that spell out “forever.” A proponent of candid shots, Hill nevertheless stylizes his photos with funky locations and unique composition, having a couple pose atop rustic railroad ties, honing in on their locked hands, or cropping out their faces to appease invisible relatives. To ensure smooth shoots, Hill keeps his cell phone with him at all times to answer any questions the couple may have.