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.
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.
The Petersens bend light to their will and draw emotions from families, children, and graduates to capture memorable portraits. Subjects travel to the Petersens' campus for one- to two-hour portrait sessions held inside their indoor studio or outside in a two-acre garden replete with blossoming flowers, benches, and a pond stocked with tiny Loch Ness monsters. Indoor portraits are captured between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and outdoor shots are taken at the beginning and end of the day, when the light is most compelling. Indoors or out, the photographers manipulate light and shadows to create mood and emotion. The Petersens also understand corneas to be much more than just the windshields of the brain, and focus on subjects' eyes to coax expression and spirit. Throughout the sessions, subjects strike an array of poses sitting on wrought-iron benches, standing in front of neutral backdrops, and engaging in polite conversation with tulips.
Veteran photographer Bron Lowe brings a keen eye and a friendly demeanor to every shoot. In sessions conducted at scenic venues, Bron uses her lens to preserve fun and memorable moments, with an emphasis on family, maternity, couples, and newborn photography.
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.