More than just a master developer, photography-lab owner Emanuel Dimitri Volakis is an accomplished artist whose works hang in museums from Napa Valley to Padua, Italy. As deft with old-school silver gelatin printing as he is capable with new media such as digital photography and painting on computer monitors, Volakis offers museum-quality printing, scanning, matting, and framing services for both professional and amateur photographers. He also hosts introductory- and advanced-level darkroom classes and rents out a 400-square-foot photo studio.
Jenny Daughtry doesn't need a studio. As the head photographer for Daughtry Photography, she harnesses natural light and the beauty of the greater San Francisco area to frame portraits of families in the scenic forest or glamorous subjects at the beach. Jenny also preserves festive nuptial memories during wedding shoots and provides promotional shots for models, actors, and musicians.
Husband-and-wife team Ryan and Angie Bates man the shutters at Ryan Bates Photography, where Ryan draws on 15 years of experience as he snaps images that bring out individual personalities and family dynamics in every shot. Professional lighting shines down on subjects as they say cheese, eat cheese, or impersonate cheese in the boutique studio, and the natural light of the outdoors illuminates on-location shoots held amid trees or at the shore. Captures of candid smiles, playful interactions, and motion shots celebrate timeless family moments, and senior-portrait sessions—viewable afterward on a private online gallery—yield prints worthy of relatives' mantels or wallets. Ryan also occasionally leads basic to advanced workshops, where pupils learn to manipulate their own DSLR cameras with coy winks and promises of mink-lined camera cases.
Claire Dobson captures couples, families, and high-school seniors in crisp, colorful high-definition snapshots. In those snapshots, she frames emotion and personality through deft composition learned over her years in the field of photography. She also gives a flawless, magazine-like quality to her photos through detailed retouching in the editing studio. With the same approach, she also trains her camera eye on classy and elegant boudoir sessions, as well as weddings and engagement shoots.
AMR Productions ushers old-fashioned media formats into the 21st century and beyond. Video transfers transform memories of weddings and vacations from VHS, 8mm, or 16mm formats into high-resolution DVDs that can last 100 years, or the length of 10 afterschool specials. The studio also converts audio tapes and vinyl records into CDs, and duplicates preexisting CDs and DVDs.