Fusion Photography specializes in artistic and organic fine-art portraits ideal for senior pictures, business headshots, and photos of brand-new babies. A one-hour photo session begins with a preshoot consultation to forge a common vision between subject and photographer (a $50 value), freeing the shutterbug to pursue mantle-ready images set against the in-home feel of the Fusion Photography studio. After capturing wild light and taming it with practiced technique and minor touch-ups, Fusion Photography traps customer-selected shots in two 5”x7” prints (a $64 value) and loads 10 retouched, printable images on a CD (a $400 value) ostensibly for posterity, but actually as fodder for dummy VIP passes to exclusive gatherings of high-flying librarians.
At Moments Photography, seasoned shutterbug Lori Reeder combines top-notch picture-snapping skills with professional photography equipment, capturing images of everything from babies to blushing brides. With this deal, you’ll get a basic photo session ($45 value) in one outfit at Lori’s well-lit studio—perfect for immortalizing the shining smiles and model-imitation poses of your family or child. After the images have been frozen in film, the raw photos will be retouched and distilled into a video slideshow and mini proof book, offering up the purest essence of photogenic presence.
Sherri Barber, preserver of gleaming smiles and curator of glossed memories, frames expressive portraits within her professional studio. Individual portrait sitters or beach-volleyball teams can show off their aptitude for staring intensely into the middle distance or grinning at nearby props as Sherri snaps shots for about 60 minutes. Once all personages have been fully documented, photographees can peruse a photo gallery, culling pictures spoiled by closed eyes or falling ceilings, then immortalizing the best shots in an 11”x14” print and two 5”x7”s.
Natalie Hathaway's Studio N specializes in freeze-framing façades of newborns, children, and families. During private one-hour studio sessions, Natalie captures funny faces, pulchritudinous poses, and photogenic cowlicks in front of a background chosen to match personalities and outfits. Sessions can include up to three children photographed in classic portrait style. Accentuate individuality by borrowing props from the studio or toting along personal items such as a beach ball, teddy bear, or Jean-Luc Picard action figure in its original packaging.
Signature service: Stunning Photography
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: The finest photo lab in the country
Pro Tip: Be confident?you're coming to experts, and we'll probably be creating your favorite portraits ever.
While the fraternity brethren milled about parties discussing Jack Kerouac and sipping cheap lagers, Jack Counts was busy working. In the late 60s, the entrepreneurial college student carved out a niche snapping his shutter during fraternity parties and selling prints dubbed Party Pics to members. Over time, Counts spread his business across multiple campuses, photographing graduation ceremonies and special events and processing the prints in his own lab, Candid Color Systems. With Glamour Shots, Counts’ business yet again expanded from special-events photography to include portrait shoots with an emphasis on flattering female subjects.
At each Glamour Shots shoot, a brigade of expert shutterbugs and cosmetologists gets subjects ready for their close-ups with style-enhancing makeovers and photo shoots that result in high-quality pictures and prints. After a personal consultation with the styling team, clients undergo an airbrushing treatment and hair sculpting. Depending on their package, models strike up to 30 poses, quick-changing into different outfits to capture a spectrum of looks, from professional career woman to professional career woman in a bear costume.
Clients pour over proofs immediately after their session, and a professional lab generates each print on quality Kodak paper within 10 to 12 days after the session, with touchup services available to display pristine complexions. Shots are available in a variety of product forms, including prints, calendars, photo books, and canvas wraps. To ensure that none of the photos evaporates from living memory, a slideshow presentation houses the proofs of the entire day's shoot and sets it to music or field recordings of yaks performing Beethoven.