Stepping into photographer Jennifer Grant?s studio looks like stepping into another world: painted clouds adorn muslin backdrops; a wooden barn structure is built into the corner. Utilizing her degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and 17 years of experience, she customizes her portrait shoots with more than 30 physical and 100 digital backgrounds lit with professional studio lighting. In addition to in-studio shoots, she also makes use of natural light for on-location family portraits or weddings.
With more than 300 weddings and thousands of high-school senior portraits under his belt since 1985, Scott Photography’s Mike Scott has a wealth of experience in capturing his subjects in a flattering light. The family photographer specializes in multigenerational portraits of extended families, and his Baby Club service commemorates the first year of a newborn’s life with once-a-month sessions. Each portraiture, reunion, and wedding session comes with extensive package options, allowing customers to select prints small enough for a wallet or large enough to be proudly plastered on the side of a house.
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.
Veteran shutterbug Cara Dee Stucke honed her artistic eye in 27 years in the portrait-photography field and today attends annual workshops and seminars to stay abreast of modern techniques. Cara Dee snaps elegant, contemporary shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors using high-tech equipment such as 21.5-megapixel sensor cameras and light-bending hand claps. Before each photo session, the creative team can proffer wardrobe and makeup consultations, taking time to heed customers' requests for the overall vibe of the shoot.
On-location sessions voyage into the tranquil confines of nature for a romantic ambiance, and shoots in the CaraDee Photography studio allow for edgy, urban-theme photos with self-provided props. Images make their way onto prints of all sizes, emblazoned on top-quality metallic or lustrous papers, custom-created books, and videos replete with music.
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. A professional lab 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.
J. Design Studios' photographers are just as likely to snap pictures of a happy couple strolling through a grassy park as they are to set up a photo booth at an event, where they can create a background from repurposed doors or give subjects eclectic picture frames to hold around their faces. And yet photography is just one side of the studio's services: a team of multimedia design and architecture graduates helm the visual design department. Here, they translate the client's brand into vibrant Web and print projects, from websites and billboards to postcards and magazines.