Flying Turtle Photography captures indelible images of kids and families during intimate snapfests. Photographer Melissa Gilbert brings a nuanced touch to maternity and newborn sessions, snatching honest expressions from tykes and proud parents. Flying Turtle’s 2,000-square-foot boutique studio illuminates compositions with both industry and natural light as Melissa puts her subjects at ease in front of a multitude of backgrounds. Alternatively, scenic outdoor spots set a natural backdrop for wedding photos, baby portraits, and Arbor Day publicity fliers, all of which can be printed by the studio.
Growing up, Che Graves always had a pencil in his hand. He's always been eager to express himself through art, and once he was old enough to trade his pencil for a camera, there was no turning back. Working as a photo-lab manager taught Che how to understand light and use it to his advantage, and though he shifted from film to digital photography, he still credits his stint in the lab with teaching him to paint with light. Today, he uses his creative drive and his technical know-how to shoot portraits that "are designed to bring out a personality that may be hidden by life," he says. Weddings, family portraits, and boudoir shoots compose a large portion of his portfolio, which also includes landscape and architectural photography. Silly or sensuous, warm or mysterious, every image Che crafts is intended to reveal the individual subject's beauty.
Rachel Williams majored in Psychology, but her current clients don't sit on couches. They sit on benches—outdoors, amid fall foliage—or they perch on stone stoops, or frolic through open fields. That's because Rachel transferred her superb people skills from the study of psychology to the study of photography, putting in years of training at several studios in Texas and Oklahoma. Along the way, she learned what doesn't work, namely uniform poses, poor understandings of natural lighting, and trendy color tones that may not stand the test of time and its this understanding that garnered her the Master of Photography title from the Professional Photographers of America. That's why Rachel and her team devote themselves to quality on every front, from their portraits' careful composition to their use of professional lighting and their meticulous retouching of every portrait. This commitment manifests itself in all of Rachel's portraits, as her lens follows families, and newborns through childhood and on to high-school graduation.
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Well-versed in imaginative and stylized photographic techniques, the staff at Montag Photography will wisen up any novice shutterbug with an in-depth tutorial. Students should bring their single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to the three-hour lesson, which will delve into the four valuable pillars of photography: lighting, SLR basics, Matthew McConaughey's abs, and framing. After teaching the use of reflectors and white balance, the pros at Montag Photography will tutor kodachrome neophytes in the basic SLR methods, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO adjustment. Finally, pupils will get the hang of professional framing by taking notes on the rule of thirds, cropping approaches, shooting for print ratios, and eliminating shady Sesame Street characters in the backgrounds of photos. At the end of class, students will have time to query the house photographers for any artistic and technical advice that will enhance their enjoyment of the aesthetically fulfilling hobby.
The skillful shutterbugs at Studio Keepsake take pride in capturing a variety of memories for posterity; they'll thoughtfully photograph graduating seniors, families, babies, people carrying babies in their bellies, people carrying babies in their tote bags, and more. During your hourlong portrait session, one of the studio's professional picture-takers will coax a natural-looking smile from your lips as easily as you can say "easy-cheese." Snuggle up with your best friend forever to commemorate your camaraderie, or give the gift of a 1,000-word vocabulary to your newborn gurgling baby. Though there is no hard limit for the number of people in the photo session, Studio Keepsake would like you to bring immediate family only.