Ironically named, Our Little Studio utilizes the biggest studio of all: the outdoors. Here, husband-and-wife team Travis and Angie Hill capture clients interacting with their surroundings amid natural light and scenic backdrops. Whereas Travis fields most of the wedding sessions, Angie revels in shooting artistic portraits. In either occasion, their subjects leap from backgrounds with sharp focal contrast or merge with their environments with the smooth, blended edges of a pastel painting. Clients can behold these images afterward with access to an online viewing gallery.
With a camera and focused lighting, Kyle McMahon of Elyk Studios Photography crystallizes momentous occasions. Kyle’s portraiture services cover everyone from expectant mothers and newborns to graduating seniors and engaged couples. He works with clients to achieve their desired look, whether in photographs or video. For outdoor shoots at important sporting events or favorite highway underpasses, Kyle positions his tripod and calibrates his camera to capture the natural interplay of light and shadow. In addition to traditional photography services, Elyk Studios Photography provides silly booth rentals.
Photographer Sydney Prather’s camera immortalizes special moments in one’s life, from their first soccer goal to their first tattoo. She also helps clients make their own special memories by capturing growing bellies, couples in love, and family portraits.
Liz Besanson might be soundly situated in Wilmington, but that doesn't mean her photos are. A specialist in high fashion and beauty photography, her work has made appearances across the globe and the world wide web, from the pages of Gothic Magazine to the Jessica Louise clothing website. She's also spent the last seven years helping models build their portfolios and creating professional headshots for aspiring actors and employees of the month. But while Liz's signature, edgy style has helped her build a reputation in the fashion community, it's her patient demeanor and ease of direction that has mommies-to-be, families, and engaged couples flocking to her 1,200-square-foot studio, where she employs creative lighting and expert retouching skills to produce magazine-quality memories.
Dan Salvo started as a full-time sports photographer, where he learned to snap photos at high speed while remaining an unobtrusive participant amid the action. He brings that same timing and technical mastery to wedding photography, trading the gymnasium for the reception halls and crosschecks for "I do's." The images in his portfolio play with exposure length and composition, as engaged couples write messages in sparkles or a fiancé flips his skateboard above his betrothed. Dan also imparts his unique blend of skills through introductory classes, and can record video documentaries of weddings that you can re-release on your 20th anniversary with an alternate ending.
At Bird's Eye Studio, photographer Kenneth Matteson captures the essence of his clients on glossy wallet-size prints and full-size photos. Kenneth will assist subjects during a 60-minute photo shoot then help them select up to five poses to print out. Wallet-size images convey pint-size fondness for a loved one and a 24"x36" portrait of a stern golden retriever placed in the window keeps the mailman on his toes.
The winner of seven consecutive Best Custom Framing awards from CityVoter users, Masterpieces Fine Art & Custom Framing stocks more than 2,300 frames, including work by industry mainstay Larson-Juhl. Its skilled framers meld function and aesthetic form to secure works of art in everything from American hardwood to 22-karat-gold-leafing frames to metal handcuffs. Aside from framing, the staff also restores faded or creased photos to their original vivid states and brings photos to life by converting them into imitation oil paintings or watercolors that look like they were born from hours of meticulous brushstrokes.