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.
Drawing upon her extensive education in journalism, graphic design, and advertising, Kari Renee captures endearing moments and transforms them into fine, fashionable works of photographic art. Using a snap-happy selection of Nikon cameras, flashes, and lenses, Kari snaps sentimental shots of engagements, children, and families, relying most often on the flattering, natural light of the sun or nearby tanning beds. Finagle family poses, high-school-senior photos, or impromptu fashion shots at your home, or a scenic location of your choice. Or, swaddle smiling babes in Kari's studio amid a large selection of adorable props and backdrops such as feathers and antique bath basins. After the one-hour photo session, choose the images that best display your brood's personality and top-notch dental hygiene, and receive eight prints to hang prominently in your living room, bathroom, or home-office cafeteria. Groupon holders will also have access to a password-protected online gallery, where they can view and order additional images. Order a high-resolution DVD of the sitting images, (a $250 value, $125 for Groupon customers), or take advantage of a 10% discount on prints, albums, canvases, and other displays.
Six preserved tarantulas, a 6-foot puzzle of The Last Supper, and a full-length pro baseball uniform: Affordable Framing can—and has—framed them all. Since 1987, the McVey family has sought out dedicated staffers to help build custom frames from their inventory of more than 60,000 feet of moulding, thousands of sheets of matting, and tons of UV protective glass. They also inspire home decorators with preframed pieces and prints from local artists. Affordable Framing also has experience with corporate framing projects, including work for the Salem Hospital and the Oregon Military Department, in addition to a few retirement facilities.
Hilary, the founder of Pinao Images, has harbored a passion for photography since she was a child. But the inspiration to open her own photography company came later in life, after her mother-in-law and her step-father passed away. That's because the images that Hilary snapped before they passed would come to be treasured by her family. In order to help clients preserve their own treasured memories, she snaps candid portraits of families, children, animals, and high-school seniors, and also arranges maternity, boudoir, and event photo shoots.
Specializing in photographing bundles of pure energy without the use of duct tape, whippersnappers studio offers a welcoming shot-snapping abode where kids can let loose and actually enjoy being photographed. Each talented photographer on staff possesses a fantastical level of patience and a knack for grabbing the attention of kids. The fun-filled studio is devoid of cheesy props and lollipops-for-smiles bribery, and features a playroom space for families to frolic and a relaxing area stocked with couches, drinks, and snacks.
Seasoned shutterbug Daniel Troutman transfers personalities to film during laid-back portrait photography sessions. Summon Troutman to a one- to two-hour sitting at any locale within 20 miles of Jefferson, or decamp to the photographer’s 100-year-old converted-meat-locker studio, where the wooden walls and floor bathe mugs in warm, soft light. Subjects stay solo or share the frame with families and friends, and unlimited clothing changes allow for multiple looks or the reenactment of multiple scenes from A Fish Called Wanda. Postsession, subjects peruse the photos, selecting a winning shot for transmission to an 18”x12” print.