Photographer Steve Dean—whose wedding photography has graced the cover of Lansing City Limits magazine—brings out clients' unique personalities in striking, personal photographs. Portraits of individuals, high-school seniors and kids capture fleeting moments in time. Professional acting and modeling headshots highlight charisma and charm, and glamour-and-boudoir photo shoots draw out clients’ sensual sides. Dean expertly retouches finished photographs to remove blemishes or shrink down surrounding buildings so that clients can pretend to be giants.
Professional shutterbug Jen Carlynn calls upon eight years of professional experience to capture love in bloom with two-hour engagement photo sessions and snaps shots of smiling duos during 30-minute in-studio shoots. During outdoor, on-location engagement shoots, Jen fosters a comfortable, welcoming environment for pre-newlyweds as they gaze adoringly into each other's eyes, hold hands, or finish each other's sneezes on film. Black-and-white photo shoots for couples celebrate paired-up patrons of all stripes, from young sweethearts to partners celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Parents may also partake in the in-studio shoot with a child, provided their progeny is older than the age of 12, can sit through a 30-minute session, and isn't a wooden puppet brought to life by energy drinks.
Laura Gravelle, a 2010 recipient of WeddingWire.com's Bride's Choice Awards, brings a sense of spontaneity to her portrait sessions, encouraging subjects to relax and give in to their most in-the-moment grins. A serial preserver of the present, Laura snaps pics of people at every stage of life, from babyhood to childhood to familyhood to can't-wait-to-escape-from-the-hood high-school seniorhood. Today's Groupon lets you pose with up to five of your best-dressed buddies and as many stylish shirts as you can collectively layer. Regardless of who or what blouse pattern is in the frame, Laura will make full use of her high-end Canon 5D Mark II and its L Series lenses, fine tuning the focus, framing, and desired depth of each shot.
Professional photographer Will Fields's client list reads like a who’s who of Fortune 500 companies: General Electric, Allstate, and Motorola, to name a few. The 30-year photography veteran captures his commercial shots by focusing on three elements—light, gesture, and tonality—to create vivid, evocative images that stay ingrained in one’s memory like the social-security number of a high-school crush. In addition to photo shoots, Will’s studio plays host to private photography lessons and a range of classes whose skill sets build upon each other. Beginners start with basics such as depth of field and composition before learning to shoot on location or set up advanced indoor-lighting schemes. Will schedules outdoor excursions to put these skills into practice, leading groups to scenic waterfalls and avian roosting grounds for one-of-a-kind photo ops.
Skilled shutterbug Dusty Brown snaps images that capture candid expressions and draw out interpersonal dynamics during in-studio and on-location shoots. To tell the unique story of each family, Brown encourages everyone to be themselves. He clicks away as moms smile, teenagers remain in their comfort zones, and toddlers play and pretend to invest in real estate. His family portrait sessions depict kin's togetherness and moments of genuine laughter, whereas his engagement and wedding shoots delve into the special relationship of each couple, memorializing their union with giddy interactions in fields, on carousels, or at the diamond store they first robbed together. After Brown has recorded a story with his camera, he invites patrons to view images on an online gallery and order prints or photo CDs of high-resolution images.
The professional photographers at Camara Cole Photography capture memories of weddings, graduations, and newborn babies with in-studio and on-location photo shoots. Clients may print their images on media such as business cards, greeting cards, and flyers. For aspiring child photographers, the studio offers Cam Camps, which teach kids how to frame objects in a picture, how to use the rule of thirds, and other photography essentials.
Camara Cole Photography also operates Mission 616, which benefits nonprofit organizations for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Jen, a friendly Grand Rapids–based photographer, specializes in capturing the frenetic energy and inimitable adorability of small children with a photographic lens to be preserved in high-quality prints. Grouponers will receive a relaxed portrait photography session at her studio (a $75 value), where the enthusiastic camerawoman will translate the subject's unique personality into the Morse-code-like language of the shutterbug. Prepare for future bouts of sentimentality with a charming tableau of your tot’s early years, or strike a pose yourself to prove your existence to the Census Bureau once and for all. The session will yield a set that includes one 16”x20” print (a $65 value), three 8”x10” prints (a $45 value), and three 5”x7” prints (a $27 value) featuring your favorite poses, as well as an online proofing gallery.