Aaron Zeller understands that great photography goes beyond pretty scenery and broad smiles—it’s about telling a story. He founded AJZeller Photography in 2009 as a way to document genuine emotions—from a young couple’s love to a family’s joyful new addition—unsullied by contrived poses or smiles enlarged with clown makeup. Aaron specializes in what he calls Beloved photography, a style that strives to capture the raw, unfiltered love of a couple through real-life interactions instead of coached emotions. He offers wedding, portrait, and engagement photography as well as a unique program—A Life Remembered—that records the passing of time through yearly photo sessions, discounted prints, and hourly polaroids of a grandfather clock.
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.
Landauer Portrait Design's light harnessers employ cameras as portable time machines, capturing impulsive, honest moments that provide viewers with a gateway to their past. During the 90-minute, in-studio session, an expert photo maven will snap and click, enhancing facial features by utilizing flattering lighting (a $99 value). Capture a momentary truce between siblings with a children’s photo shoot, or bring mom, dad, and Grandma's evil twin into the picture with an extended family session. Maternity sessions celebrate the creation of new life forms, and newborn photo shoots provide hours of future reminiscing and a way to entertain teenagers’ dates. At the end of the session, bring home a favorite pose from the two chosen, in the form of an 11"x14" print (an $85 value) and its two 5"x7" offspring (a $55 value).
From her portfolio of skillfully edited black-and-white and color accented photos, it’s clear that Alex Rae is skilled in the technical aspects of photography. But she brings more than technical skill to her shoots; her deft social skills allow her to understand each subject's personal style and goals for their pictures, no matter if she's photographing a nervous bride or a baby bashful about his lack of teeth. Subjects can schedule photo shoots in the Alex Rae Photography studio or at a location of their own choice.