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.
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.
Weddings, newborns, families, and high-school seniors—none of these diverse subjects poses a challenge to Heidi of Simply Yours Photography. Her portfolio is filled with smiles displayed in black and white, full color, antique sepia tones, and deep burgundy tones imported from France. Not content just traveling to on-location photo shoots, she shares her photographic talent with others during outdoor DSLR classes held at Cool Creek Park.
Astra Creative Photography & Design's newly-married founders, Tabitha and Armando, team up with camera sharpshooters to capture weddings, families, high-school seniors, and newborns with a fashion-inspired photojournalistic style. On-location or in-studio, the team creates richly saturated and detailed images using selective focus, creative compositions, and expert lighting—techniques that they expound on during workshops. They then transform the collected photographs into custom books, retouched digital images, and prints that patrons can display on living-room walls or paste into history books.