Waltzing into the saloon with a Jack Daniels bottle in hand and two gals on his arm, the gunslinger stoically steps up to the bar and passes a pianist who stops serenading the regulars with his jangly tunes when he feels the outlaw’s presence. Though the sights and sounds of the old west sound like an atmosphere too seedy for families, Old Time Photo Studio invites kin to play the part of their favorite western figures at photo shoots within a frontier town gallery. For each shoot, participants don the garb of cowboys, bandits, and saloon girls before arming themselves with toy guns or the linguine lassos left over from spaghetti westerns. Photographers preserve every sepia-tone shot on CD, and patrons select their favorite images to keep as prints.
Mandy Little, the expert shutterbug behind Moments in the Sun Photography, captures posed photos and candid shots of wedding parties, families, newborn babies, and pretty much any other type of photo subject. After these sessions, the photographer edits the photos, ensuring that each shot looks its best. She can also transform the photos into prints, burn them onto CDs, and upload them to an online viewing gallery.
An incomplete list of things that come in pairs: socks, Twix bars, earlobes, Jason Burton and Chris Knitter. Photographers Jason and Chris are the co-owners of Midspace Photography, and when clients book a shoot from Midspace, they get both of them. The duo prefers to take photographs together to add camera angles and creativity to shoots, as well as to safeguard against equipment failure. Both have several years of experience in snapping portraits of families as well as children, who can be tough to photograph because of their naturally red eyes. They also specialize in fast turnaround times—edited images and prints are usually available within 48 hours.
Following in the footsteps of her aunt, a renowned photographer, Ciera Bassett of One Eye Shutterfly harnesses the latest cameras and technology to take the sharpest pics possible. Having worked with a variety of people in all kinds of environments, she customizes shoots to each client, photographing events ranging from weddings to corporate functions and private events. She also works closely with clients during portrait sessions for families, kids, and couples, and masters the latest software to exact flawless retouchings to images.
Joey Colletti lets his camera eye wander wherever the mood takes it, capturing the emotions behind all of life’s moments. That could be joy, love, excitement, or anything else felt during weddings, family portraits, or engagement sessions. As an expert in natural-light photography, he’s adept at outdoor shoots, including sporting events, but also manipulates indoor lighting to the photo’s benefit at events such as theater performances.
Vic Benedetto brings more than 25 years of wedding and portrait photography expertise to his sessions at Manhattan Studio of Photography, but he still attends seminars and events to learn new approaches. Originally specializing in wedding shoots, he now also captures special events, sports teams, and seniors.