When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.
The experienced shutterbugs at Fairytale Creations Photography immortalize memories with a personalized, energetic feel during one-hour on-location photo sessions. Prior to each shoot, up to four subjects-to-be fill out a questionnaire to help photographers customize each session to the group’s interests and ensure they’re not ghosts. Clients then meet the photographer at a scenic location of their choice within a 30-mile radius of Eugene to engage in an hour worth of smiles, hugs, and natural poses. Afterward, clients select images for their digital and hard-copy prints, and receive a complimentary online Facebook gallery to share with friends or lonely computers. Groupon holders also receive half off digital-collection purchases and 20% off their next session (excluding weddings).
With her relaxed shooting style, Suzzi Richardson has spent more than 10 years with her eye behind the camera, coaxing sultry smiles and ebullient grins from even the shyest of subjects. Throughout the course of each private shoot, held within her 1,600-square-foot studio, Suzzi works to make clients feel secure so that they can confidently channel their inner sirens for boudoir shoots, get dolled up for flirty pinup sessions, or duct tape their shadow into a flattering pose during portrait shoots.
Before of many sessions, Suzzi styles hair and makeup and throws open the studio's wardrobe, allowing patrons to peruse a vast selection of clothing, sets, and props. Though her photographic forte rests largely in the realm of pinup and boudoir, Suzzi also brings her diverse talents to bear while capturing shots of weddings and children as well. Once shoots have come to a close, she sets to work retouching the images, erasing imperfections while working to ensure that each subject’s personality still shines through.
Aedan Studio Photography's owner and principal photographer fell in love with cameras at first sight, inspiring her to set up her first darkroom in her grandparents' garage at the tender age of 13. The studio's memory-preservation specialists focus their lenses on capturing the genuineness of each moment, snapping shots of families, pets, and babies as they laugh and smile through unposed interactions. Photo sessions can take place in the fully equipped studio or at a picturesque outdoor setting, such as a vibrant park or a volcano erupting with baking soda and vinegar. The professional picture takers also visually immortalize monumental events such as weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Signature service: Real Estate & Commercial Aerial Photos
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Canon EOS DSLR cameras and GoPro Hero3 camera
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Photographer Josh Sanseri uses light and composition the same way that writers use pen and ink: to tell his subjects' stories, highlighting their unique characteristics and personalities. And he's been at it for more than 15 years, capturing portraits of subjects that run the gamut from zany South African rappers Die Antwoord to triumphant golfer Tiger Woods to the distinguished president behind DreamWorks Animation. When Sanseri isn't snapping shots of famous musicians or teaching photography courses internationally, he can be found in his Oregon studio, crafting portraits of high-school seniors and families. He and his team handle every step of the process, from arranging the shot to developing prints.