Lauren Weghorst Photography diligently documents existing families and the unions of new ones, preserving the images for years to come. Over the course of a one-hour photo shoot, groups tied together by blood or a shared love of toothy grins are pictographically preserved in color, black and white, or sepia. At least 100 photographs will be burned onto a commemorative DVD, including 15 edited images. Participants are allowed to change clothes up to three times to show off their business casual, formalwear, and marching-band uniforms.
With a love for candid shots and days spent traveling to homes, weddings, and parks, life passes through photographer Stephen Jeffery Crabtree’s eyes as a series of still moments from which beauty can be taken, whether accidental or composed. Depending upon the size and nature of the shoot, he arrives by himself or with up to three other photographers to help him capture every angle of special moments. His fully equipped studio prints high-quality images on demand, and all wedding packages come with full rights for brides and grooms, who can print out favorite shots of themselves at their leisure and turn them into masks so that their special day lasts forever.
Each PHP Photography shoot begins with a one-hour consultation that allows the photographer to get a feel for the client’s unique personality. The results have yielded a portfolio brimming with of shots of families, children, and weddings, each full with character and impromptu smiles, earning PHP a Preferred Vendor nod from the Perfect Wedding Guide in 2011 and 2012. Consultations also serve to put clients at ease when capturing especially intimate moments, such as boudoir photography sessions or maternity sessions, which capture the nervous excitement or insatiable appetite for white truffles associated with awaiting a child. Design elements can add a vintage vibe with black-and-white or sepia filters, or images can travel through time in the opposite direction with modern, Warhol-esque effects.
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.
At Medley Portraits, owner Cassandra Medley creates portraits that capture memories for a lifetime, with a specialization and certification in photographing children with special needs. Cassandra, who has a stepson with autism, sought out extra training because she had difficulty taking her own family portrait. She earned a certification through Special Kids Photography of America, which trained her to interact with kids with special needs such as autism or deafness.
During sessions for children with special needs, Cassandra allows for as much time as the children require—taking unlimited pictures and allowing for unlimited poses to ensure that kids feel comfortable and have fun. Though her specialty is photography for special-needs kids, she happily photographs children of all backgrounds, and is also skilled in high-school-senior portraits and wedding photography.
Think of boudoir photography outfits and you probably think of lingerie. And though there are plenty of black lace corsets and fishnet stockings on display in the Haute Mama Photography gallery, there are also less conventional choices: a loose men's dress shirt and tie, an off-the-shoulders motorcycle jacket, even a strategically placed basketball that serves as a sort of top. It's partly a reflection of the diversity of the photos' subjects, whose figures range from slender to voluptuous, and partly a testament to the creativity of studio owner Leah Severson, who has designed it so that even the studio's most basic package allows for multiple outfit changes. Severson has so thoroughly mastered the boudoir photo business that she holds both group workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions, during which she shares with other photographers tips for posing subjects, establishing the right mood for shoots, and getting their work to appear on the first page of Google results without taping anything to their monitors.