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.
Family owned and operated from the same location since 1931, Dot Dotson's combines a traditional full-service film lab with the convenience and versatility of modern digital processing. Their doting depictionary doctors will work with you on every photo, adjusting color and brightness and cropping out extraneous scenery, red eyes, and imaginary friends. Each prepaid digital-print card entitles memory collectors to 100 color prints and has no expiration date, allowing guests to make a one-time trade for excessive vacation photos, or stop by once a year to remember a century's worth of Nessie sightings. (8"x10" photo must be redeemed before February 15, 2010).
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.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.