An old-school charm and a modern quirkiness pervade the work of photographer Jessica Nash, owner of Elegant Events Design & Photography. Her black-and-white, color, and paled-and-retro-tinted images capture babies, toddlers, and couples against idyllic natural backdrops. Working primarily with natural light, Jessica commemorates milestones and events at local parks or beaches. She puts her skills in the editing room to good use by carefully editing images to be used for prints, CDs, and cave paintings, and she also works in the abstract to design custom invitations, logos, and T-shirts. Elegant Events has recently teamed up with a Megapixel Party to liven up special events with photo-booth rentals.
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.
When horticulturalist Brian F. Jorg isn't cultivating native plants at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, he treks up to 20,000 miles a year on globe-trotting photographic excursions. As he leads guests through the Great Smoky Mountains or the Peruvian Amazon, he captures nature's grandeur with his digital camera, sharing his ever-increasing portfolio with the world through field guides, educational displays, and mass text messages addressed to “world.” Brian's passion for nature overflows not only into his photography, but into community activities. He can often be seen sharing his horticultural wisdom at area flower shows, teaching classes to the general public, or snapping dynamic images at sporting events.
From within the vintage confines of the arts-friendly Secor Building, the photography quartet of Kelsey Lakia, Meghann Polen, Annie Patton, and Haley Timmons combine their cameras to form In LACE Photography. The four highly trained artists (Kelsey, Meghann, and Annie boast a BFA in photography; Haley will receive her BFA soon) specialize in capturing life's most memorable moments. In particular, they often find themselves staging personality-filled engagement shoots, catching unguarded moments at weddings, and rekindling inner flames with sultry boudoir shoots in their welcoming, naturally lit studio.
Colorcraft Portrait Studio's photo shoots don't just document families' special moments?they may save lives. Colorcraft's central mission is to raise funds for local volunteer firefighters, rescue workers, and EMS crews through donations received in exchange for family portraits. Over the decades, three generations of photographers have helped raise more than one million dollars through the program, providing emergency workers with indispensable life-saving equipment and training programs.
As a child, Lauren Schierloh grabbed her father’s 35-milimeter Nikon and took her first steps into a passion that would later become her career. Today she arms herself with the latest digital technology to capture every last detail and emotion during portrait sessions for families, kids, couples, and moms-to-be. Lauren wants to capture moments in time through her photography so clients, like she does, can recall everything surrounding an exact instant with one glance at a picture.