Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the shoot, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images.
Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system, and ships specialty gift items to clients' homes for free.
That ?et cetera? in the name of Image Arts Etc. encompasses a lot. Here, staffers help clients preserve their visual memories in a host of ways, from snapping photos on-location and in the studio, to furnishing frames for cherished images. But the services don?t end there. On-staff technicians also transfer photos and video from older formats to new ones, and they can use restoration, graphic design, and multimedia editing skills to polish existing pictures and films. Some customers even elect to rent the entire Image Arts studio, where a selection of backdrops, props, and basic photography gear await for amateur photographers who want to orchestrate their own shoot. Customers can elect to bring in their own props for use in the photo studio, where green screen photography and videos are also available.
A young child is plopped down in front of a gray backdrop. ABC blocks are haphazardly strewn around them as hot, bright lights radiate into their eyes. This child, unsurprisingly, is not in the mood to take a beaming portrait. Copper Creek Photography eschews the generic stiffness of a standard kids' portrait session in exchange for a casual, laid-back shoot—in-studio or on-location—that allows kids to roam about as they please. In addition to kids' portraits, the seasoned shutterbugs at Copper Creek also offer shoots for high-school seniors, individuals, couples, and weddings. Customers can choose whether they want their portraits or special-event photos shot in color, sepia, or traditional black-and-white.
Furnace Hill Photography’s team of shutterbugs composes vibrant and artful images during portrait sessions for newborns, families, and high-school seniors. Skilled at handling large volumes of photos, photographers also work with schools and dance studios to document all the excitement of special events. Their talents extend to planning wedding shoots and covering ceremonies to preserve memories for generations.