Cindy Sherman developed a love for photography at a young age and, after working as a professional photographer since 1980, opened her own studio in 1985. Cindy specializes in portraits of families, high-school seniors, expectant mothers, and pets at her studio, which has indoor settings and a 1-acre outdoor portrait garden with plenty of photogenic settings including a waterfall, a castle-style wall, and a crashed UFO. She also travels to local homes and other venues to take on-location portraits and wedding action shots.
Geoff Hadfield has been studying the world around him from behind a lens for two decades. At Perfect Memories Photography, he focuses on capturing the ideal family portrait on-location, but also brings traditional portraiture into the modern age by specializing in images for social-media campaigns, marketing development photos, and headshots for business cards. In addition to snapping subjects, Mr. Hadfield shares his expertise in workshops that focus on better acquainting students with their digital cameras and demonstrating creative ideas on composition.
Having grown up in a family not prone to taking pictures, Mark Rich feels like he's missing something. Today, he strives to prevent those moments from being lost by anyone else at his eponymous studio, Mark Rich Photography. With his trusty camera and artistic fervor, he shoots portrait sessions of families and kids. He even arranges Baby's First Year sessions to document the amazing way babies grow up to be house plants.
Marcela Timson, the owner of and a photographer at Urban Gal Photography, channels the energy of each passing moment into snapshots that reflect life and movement. During on-location shoots, she captures the natural interplay of light and shadow, conveying the ripples of a light breeze as it ruffles a taffeta skirt, or the blowback of a jet engine as it swoops over a pinwheel factory. She snaps images of seniors, families, bridal parties, and expectant mothers, chronicling major milestones in her clients’ lives.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.