Growing up near New York City, Frank Calabritto was in awe of the cubist swath the city’s skyline cut and its massive influence on international culture from a young age. Although initially drawn into a corporate life, he broke free to follow the siren call of the metropolitan images he saw coming out of the city. He began aiming his lens at everything from the frocks at New York Fashion Week to the pensive faces of policymakers such as Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Melinda Gates at the Clinton Global Initiative. Now, 10 years into his career, he takes breaks from photojournalism with portraiture and wedding photography. Whether focusing on the sweat on a politician’s brow or the dimples of a child, Calabritto believes that every click of his shutter is the chance to create a message and carry an emotion beyond a fleeting moment and into the future. This passion for communication helps him craft photographs more than ready to fill photo albums or pamphlets for supercomputers learning to feel.
In the intimate, candid wedding images that Sharp Five Photography's resident shutterbug, Rob, takes, newlyweds seem totally unaware of the photographer's presence. It's a remarkable feat, considering that his wedding packages run at least six hours and sometimes last all day. The time Rob spends snapping pictures translates into password-protected online galleries and flash drives full of digital negatives, preserving everything from preparation and nuptials to flower girls unionizing outside the reception. When he isn't documenting matrimony, Rob spends on-location shoots capturing images of engaged couples, little kids, and expectant moms.
For Karen Wilson, the appeal of boudoir photography all comes down to s-words: sassy, soulful, sweet, spicy, sophisticated, sexy. At her studio, Cha Cha Sugar Boudoir Photography, Karen strives to bring out these qualities in her female clientele with personally tailored on-location and in-studio sessions. Clients arrive to the photo shoot, where they can opt to sit for hairstyling and makeup applications by Cha Cha Sugar’s in-house stylists. Then, Karen puts her clients at ease, taking care to keep the environment fun and comfortable as she encourages ladies to strike sultry poses in cute dresses or get sassy in daring lingerie. Karen enhances the look of each confident pose with dramatic lighting that can create a glamorous atmosphere or mimic the look of a playful '50s-style pinup. Afterward, Karen preserves her customers' favorite images with products such as prints and accordion photo books.
Instead of allowing photographs to crumble and filmstrips to gather dust, the staff of Reel-to-Reel Video rescues precious memories by converting outdated media to DVDs replete with custom menus and easy-to-navigate chapters. The process is simple: Customers go online and order a shipping label to be sent via email or regular mail. Once it arrives, they fill a secure package or load a bodybuilding carrier pigeon with old film, slides, tapes, and photographs. Back at their lab, technicians repair broken film and add music to silent strips at no extra cost, returning all the original materials with the DVDs.
The Portrait Shoppe's shutterbug squad has captured the likeness of athletic legends, enigmatic celebrities, and ordinary people getting married. Put their nurturing directorial skills and time-freezing talents to the test by having them coax natural smiles out of your newborn, soon-to-be mom, high-school senior, pets, or family. You can also use your session to commemorate the joys of marital engagement or the promise of potential in a post-graduation smile.