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.
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.
Ever since he began playing with the family Kodak as a toddler, Mark Chamberlin’s passion for photography has been insatiable. He opened his first studio in 1977, and soon earned numerous awards for his portrait, wedding, and scenic photography. By 1995, he felt ready to move on from the studio business and switched his career focus to adult education. As the director and primary instructor of SmarterPics, which he founded in 2008, Mark teaches all level of student the ins and outs of digital photography.
In classes and private tutoring sessions, Mark instructs students through a combination of verbal instruction and hands-on practice. His classes range in subject, from introductory DSLR-camera courses to flash photography and controlling bright sun, where students learn more productive ways to work with light than attempting to harvest it from within. Subjects in his tutoring sessions also run the gamut from camera basics to digital editing tips, depending on the specific needs of his clients.
Photographer Magan Konoski sifts through the sands of time collecting special moments as they pass by. Magan utilizes a trained eye to capture a wide assortment of events, including weddings. She also snaps senior portraits, families, and babies and children in all their giggling glory.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Photographers at McCue Photography don't work inside a stuffy, unnatural studio. Rather, they tote their equipment to any location the clients choose, which can be anywhere from a picturesque park to a ruggedly urban bus stop. Though they customize each highly stylized shoot to suit each subject's personality and vision, they conclude with a flurry of no-frills natural shots. The photographers find that this type of candid finale often yields the best images of day, capturing kids goofing around, couples unwinding, and families inadvertently recreating the opening credits of Full House.