At 12 years old, James Ferrara's cousin let him hold the first single-lens reflex camera he'd ever touched on the condition that he not waste her film. He shot the whole roll, and hasn't stopped since. His obsession with the visual led him to film making, where he worked exclusively for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit for a decade, before deciding to return to his first inspiration – photography. Armed with an in depth understanding of visual story-telling, he opened J.Ferrara Photography and began to capture the stories of people's lives.
While he shoots weddings and engagements on site, Ferrara also hosts portrait and headshot shoots – as well as private parties – in his 1,200 square-foot studio, a former firehouse built in 1905. When not behind his camera, he takes to the classroom instead to teach intimate six-hour classes that teach a small group of students how to handle their camera with hands-on lessons.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. The staff then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
Steven Burchard is used to entertaining an audience—he spent 13 years commanding the stage as a magician. So when he established Magical Memories Entertainment, he already boasted a solid understanding of what keeps crowds captivated. That’s why he and his team provide all the trappings for a memorable bash: DJs and bands; clowns, fortunetellers, and caricaturists; photographers and photo booths; and even arcade and carnival games.