As a stay-at-home mom of two daughters Michelle Dickinson spends lots of time chronicling their childhood from behind her camera. For Michelle Dickinson Photography, she channels that same motherly affection as she snaps pictures of newborns, toddlers, and older children sleeping and at play. Conducted outdoors or at her client's homes, Michelle's sessions also accommodate engaged couples and families. After their shoot, her subjects can keep their favorite images as digital proofs, custom cards, or prints and gallery-wrapped canvases up to 16"x20" in size.
After the birth of her first child, Maria Kersten-Hakeem began snapping photos as a way to capture each moment. She continued this tradition with her next two children, and now shares her talent with others as a self-taught photographer. During photo sessions for couples, families, and moms-to-be, Maria strives to bring resonance to each image—turning the flicker of a baby’s smile or a bride and groom’s first kiss into a lifelong memory.
Friends Nathan Brown and Javonni Gayden are living examples of how two heads are better than one. The duo pooled their respective skills—Brown is more technology-savvy while Gayden is the creative one—to form Brown and Gayden Productions. The photographers specialize in photography and videography for large-scale events such as weddings and graduations. They also offer postproduction services such as professional-quality video editing.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
Adele Clare-Talbot joins forces with her husband to snap crystal-clear images of her subjects. A lifestyle photographer, she focuses on capturing her clients as their most natural selves, with packages designed for high-school seniors, families, newborns, expectant mothers, and best friends.