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 captures the seductive aura of female subjects during 30 minutes of in-studio boudoir snapshots. Jen harnesses eight years of professional experience to create a comfortable, welcoming environment for each of her models as they pose alluringly or sneeze candidly on film. Postshoot, clients select their seven favorite shots, which Jen will then edit and assemble onto a CD so customers can print photographs at their own discretion. Though not included in this Groupon, clients can upgrade their service to include hair and makeup treatments, photo books of various sizes, or custom lingerie.
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.
From the age of 7, Mindy Larva hardly went anywhere without her trusty camera. She loved capturing the beauty all around her, a passion she inherited from her shutterbug father. Today, Mindy retains that same level of passion for her trade and even rubs off her enthusiasm on her clients. She specializes in family, high school, engagement, and wedding photography, all taken on-location at some of the area’s most scenic spots. Each photograph includes a copyright release and is available in black and white, full color, or sepia.
Jessica Christensen has spent much of her decade-long career photographing models prone to unexplained screaming fits?babies. Families in her First Year Baby Club enjoy a year?s worth of quarterly photo sessions, which document their tot?s transformation from a baby to a baby who makes mortgage payments. For subjects with more birthdays under their belts, Christensen captures lifelong connections in vivid, high-contrast shots of parents and children or newlyweds.
Christensen also helps budding photographers to compose their own professional-quality images with hands-on photo courses. Her introductory sessions focus on camera settings for point-and-shoots and DSLRs alike. More advanced workshops explore the shores of Lake Michigan and other outdoor venues, and they frequently involve portraiture practice with live models, rather than the less expressive faces of text-message emoticons.
Motophoto & Portrait Studio seems to have experience doing just about every kind of photo shoot you could ask for. In a typical season, these professional photographers find themselves shooting at weddings and capturing moments with an eye for the artful and whimsical?think bridesmaids and groomsmen mid-jump or a couple staring into each other's eyes against a beautiful Lake Michigan backdrop. Back in the studio, they snap professional-grade portraits for business headshots or capture adorable pictures of tots lounging in Santa's lap during the holidays. They even rent out photobooths to help kick-start revelry at weddings and at everyday parties and moon landings.