A picture is worth a thousand words, but that doesn't mean it should be prohibitively expensive. The photographers at Redeemed Photography know the importance of establishing long-term relationships with their clients, which is why they offer affordable prices and tasteful, casual sessions that keep people coming back for more, and their focus on family photography means that they often snap photos of children as they grow up.
Cars line up at the drive-thru window, where instead of bags of burgers and fries, staffers hand over bundles of glossy personal photos. Inside Creative Photo & Digital Imaging, digital techs convert media such as VHS tapes, records, and reels to DVD and CD, while across the store, photo experts transfer snaps onto album prints, museum-grade canvas wraps, and gifts such as coffee mugs and puzzles. Heirloom family portraits, ravaged by rips and sun damage, doff their imperfections in the photo-restoration lab, and an onsite portrait studio captures clans as they update their sweater sets through the years. Creative Photo & Digital Imaging also hosts photography classes on subjects from how to take better pictures on camera phones to the intricacies of digital SLR cameras.
Since 1982, Nautilus Photography has been capturing the precious milestones and semi-precious inch-rocks of families, high-school seniors, and the newly engaged within its studio and surrounding gardens. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the interior with sunlight to naturally accent patrons' pearly whites, dimpled cheeks, and enviable toucan beaks. During the one-hour session, up to seven customers (additional subjects will incur an additional charge), comprising a family or a new superhero group in need of promotional photos, can choose between several backdrops and amass a litany of props for swan-dives into piles of throw pillows and feather boas. Out on the sun-bleached blonde-wood deck, vases of hanging ivy speckle the white stucco walls stained with hints of aquamarine, and latticework awnings complete the playful integration of Floridian shoreline and English garden. Subjects can pose on a sand-colored cast-stone bridge overlooking sultry tropical foliage, or disappear into the vegetation to nail the "fleeing sasquatch" pose.
Kyle Beckett, the shutterbug behind Kyle's Photography, captures memories for new moms, brides, and couples celebrating their golden anniversaries. He prefers to wield his Canon EOS 60D on-site at locations such as downtown Fort Myers or Bowditch Point, and afterward, he serves up all of his images in the raw on a CD or flash drive, so clients can print them out or edit them as they wish. Should clients prefer the skilled editing hands of a pro, Kyle happily modifies select images at no additional cost and prints them out in standard sizes such as 5"x7", 8"x10", and venti.
When not framing a grinning client in his studio, Dave Parmalee heads to on-location shoots within the Fort Myers area. Whether working with newly engaged couples, collaborating with high school students taking their senior portraits, or creating headshots for aspiring secret agents, Dave applies an artistic eye to evoke his subject's essence. Lasting Impressions Photography captures memorable poses for customers, which are printed in-house at a full-color photography lab and framed at the nearby Frame Works, a full-service custom framing shop.
A bride lifts the hem of her wedding dress to show off her red Converse sneakers. A baby dons rainbow-colored fairy wings. Newlyweds kiss, lit by a vibrant sunset. These are just a few of the memorable moments captured by Richard Jencks, the photographer behind Jencks Photography. Snapped on location or in his studio, his shots run the gamut from sultry boudoir images to group portraits that chronicle the evolution of a family over time.