The family photographs that struck a chord in Danielle Carson’s childhood were never studio portraits; instead, she always felt drawn to candid images and the environments that surrounded them. These days—whether inside her studio or outside at nearby apple orchards, churches, or bridges—she patiently waits for such natural moments to unfold, always ready to capture them with her photojournalistic eye. After quickly snapping her shutter for an engaged couple's kiss, a baby's quirky grin, or a high-school senior's confident smile, Danielle retreats to her editing room where she tinkers with color saturation, creating the black-and-white and antique-style shots that have garnered her plenty of degrees, gigs, and awards over the past six years. Subjects can view their images online and select which ones to preserve as wallet-sized prints, bound albums, or newly minted dollar bills for the backyard playground they've just deemed a country.
Helmed by certified professional photographer Sandy Tripp, Avancer Studio tailors portrait sessions for newborns, families, kids, and couples. Erin, Alisha, Heather, and Sandy’s husband, Gary, round out the team and work together to create a seamless experience that begins with preshoot consultations and ends with images captured in crisp color and composition. They also customize packages for high-school senior and maternity photo shoots as well as engagement sessions. To enhance packages, they offer more than prints and digital images, also crafting gallery wraps, photo-covered coffee table books, and greeting cards.
DRS Photography's team of accomplished shutter snappers draws on more than 100 combined years of experience capturing famous performers to tutor pupils in photographic technique before guiding them through practice sessions. Camera-bearing apprentices absorb rudimentary knowledge and skills during a course with professional photographers, such as learning about aperture and lenses, controlling shutter speed, manipulating different lighting configurations, composing exciting shots, and capturing the precise moment when one of the Mount Rushmore heads sneezes. Subsequent hands-on sessions shuffle students among various on-location sets based on different lighting setups and scenarios.
Photographic craftsfolk Larry and Wendy Bosely—who have been plying their trade for more than 20 years—brought in associate photographer Bailey Setzler in 2006, creating an artistic triumvirate that offers portrait sessions for seniors, kids, families, and lovebirds. At their Temperance studio, they can arrange both indoor and outdoor areas for posing. They also hit the road and travel to their subjects to document important milestones, from walking down the aisle at a wedding to ripping apart a mortarboard right after graduating from high school.
A member of the Camera Craftsmen of America, Tony Cilento has captured images of families, weddings, and famous subjects such as Cher and Pope John Paul II. At his studios across the country, he oversees the extensive training of each of his photographers until he's confident they can uphold his standards, which have garnered him the United Nations International Photographic Council award. The highly trained photographers provide impeccable service while photographing birthdays, holidays, weddings, moms-to-be, seniors, and families.
Rosanna Jacobson fell in love with photography as she held her newborn baby girl for the first time and wished she could capture the moment forever. Rosanna’s dream became a reality when she and Carla Jacobson, her mother-in-law and a lifelong student of photography, founded Photography by Jacobson. The Jacobsons' lively candid portraits of expectant mothers, families, high school seniors, and cabbage patches teeming with babies combine Rosanna’s artistic New York perspective and Carla’s appreciation for the Midwest’s natural beauty. In their professional studio, they use natural light to produce beautiful, true-to-life portraits.
A 1973 Pontiac LeMans hits a tree. Windows shatter and panels bend. The local fire company quickly responds, assessing the situation and cleaning up the mess. A young volunteer from the rescue squad takes out his camera and carefully snaps a photo of the scene. That picture ends up landing high-school student Sean Duffy his first gig as a photojournalist with his local paper, the Daily Intelligencer. Since then, Sean has spent nearly three decades covering events ranging from the 1987 NFL strike talks to the Challenger hearings at the White House, snapping shots that have appeared in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and on oddly burnt pieces of toast.
Within a renovated garage situated behind an old antique store, Sean Duffy's 1,000-square-foot photography studio brims with clear light and liberating space. Here, he captures the unique personalities and spontaneous smiles of families, graduating seniors, and narcissistic poltergeists by carefully listening to their desires, aiming to match each image to the one dwelling in the client's imagination.