One man crouches low, weapon resting on his shoulder. Another stands erect, a pair of binoculars held to his face. An entire military squad of toy soldiers stands ready for eternal battle within a shadow box crafted by Neal Raffensberger. The shadow box is one of 4,000 framing options showcased inside Raffensberger Photography & Framing's red-brick façade, where professional photographer and custom-framing specialist Neal and his assistant help patrons conserve their most beloved mementos. Multitudes of frames, mats, mountings, and glass—including conservation glass that blocks 99% of color-dulling UV rays—come together to display anything from photographs and posters to jerseys and wisdom teeth. Neal, who first dabbled in photography at the age of 5 in his father's basement darkroom, also flaunts his artistic eye behind the camera in the store's onsite studio. Families, couples, and proof-seeking Bigfoots can capture history in portrait sessions, which use digital photography to allow for immediate viewing after each shoot.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That?s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop?s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects? fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. The staff then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes?including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching?onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
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.
New York Institute of Photography graduate Jeffrey Brown and his aesthetically savvy wife Jamie put women at ease during sultry boudoir sessions emphasizing confidence and comfort. A consultation precedes each one-hour shoot, allowing subjects to choose their wardrobe, aesthetic, and the physical features they wish to highlight. Photos are captured "in the round" within an elegant camera room that boasts a decorative array of specialty vignettes and sets. About two weeks following the shoot, photos are unveiled in the multimedia room so models can choose which setup they’d like to use for their custom 8"x10" portrait. The Incognito Portrait Design studio is nestled in a luxurious New York–style loft decorated with breathtaking wall portraits, soothing music, and a dressing suite armed with a battalion of cosmetic amenities, including blow dryers, curling irons, and hair products. The value of the 8"x10" portrait can be used toward a custom wall décor portrait, and all snapshot subjects should call ahead of an appointment.
With more than 50 years of combined experience snapping and framing shots, the artists at Schwabe Studio Photography usher fleeting moments into the future during in-studio and on-location sessions. They specialize in photographing families, newlyweds, and soon-to-be-graduates, who can choose from seven unique senior portrait sessions. Sports-themed shoots showcase young athletes in action, and birthday parties inside the studio capture youngsters dressed in whimsical costumes. Once each session's shutters have snapped shut, the photo artists easily print out the digital images, which, unlike film images, need not be developed inside a stolen cocoon.