Professional photographer Jaci Sumner approaches every shoot with a clean slate, taking cues from the personalities of those centered in her lens rather than imposing a fixed aesthetic onto a client or occasion. The resulting photos are marked by a certain naturalness and are made unique by the photographer's willingness to break with outmoded photography conventions.
When she's not taking photographs, Jaci engages in locally focused philanthropic efforts that include her own organization, ProjectStella. The initiative was named after her dog and studio companion Stella, and has raised funds for the Milwaukee Humane Society since 2009.
Opening a small business might seem like a big step for some people, but Ron Wimmer had seen enough in his life to take a risk. After traveling the world as a photojournalist for five years, Wimmer returned home and opened his first professional studio. He moved his family and studio to the Midwest in 1994, and he has since kept busy doing what he loves: capturing intimate moments from behind the camera. Today, Wimmer works both on location and in a Wauwatosa-based, 2500-square-foot studio, snapping photographs of individuals, groups, and families, among many other subjects.
Seasoned shutterbug Jeffrey R. Kepner brings more than 25 years of photography experience to each photo shoot. A background in photojournalism helps him to capture the essence of each moment while snapping high-contrast black-and-white or color shots of families, graduating students, and even pets. Though Bella Classic Photography's studio provides a professional backdrop for photo shoots, Jeff also travels to shoots at parks, jails for trees, and other scenic locations. Digital retouching yields crisp images, which can be printed or shared digitally.
In one photo, a baby sleeps snugly atop an acoustic guitar. In another, two toddlers sport fetching fake mustaches. The shots are characteristic of Clare Rose Photography's work, which isn't shy about imbuing snapshots with a little individuality as long as it doesn't mean Photoshopping your bank account number across your forehead.
Signature service: Kathyjean Photography
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Canon
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Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I love being behind my camera. I love editing. I love everything there is to do with my job INCLUDING customers and making sure that they are happy with the end product. If they aren't satisfied then I'm not satisfied either. I want my photographs to be beautiful works of art, that we can BOTH be proud of??that can be hung on the wall.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
I make sure that the customer is completely comfortable. If they need a break, or a bathroom break, then we stop and cater to what is needed. I make sure that they are SATISFIED. Satisfied customers come back. If that means a re-shoot, then we do it. I am all about making the customer happy.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
I suggest that the customer be themselves, I encourage them to be themselves, and not act a certain way because they are behind the lens/camera. Its the best way for me to capture their truest personalities. I focus on one-on-one personal attention with each client?s wants and needs. I also suggest that you either all wear plain colored shirts and jeans or plain colored shirts and khakis. Some people have worn the same colored shirts and jeans and that has been sharp. Some people have all used earth tones and that has looked sharp. Some have used birthstone colors (emeralds, rubies, etc) and that has looked stunning. I suggest that you speak to me first about what's "in" when you book your appointment, if you're interested. Things are constantly changing.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I'm a shutterbug who lives to capture life's most beautiful moments. I'm inspired by the uniqueness of people and have a talent for capturing their essence on film. I work mainly with natural light. My main goal is to capture the true spirit of what I am being hired for. To make it fun, exciting, relaxing, enjoyable, and most importantly memorable, by the photos I take. I love to photograph and because this is what I love to do, I want to give it back to my customers.
Since graduating at the top of her class from Milwaukee Area Technical College with an associate’s degree in photography, Amber Pheifer has harnessed her image-capturing know-how in countless in-studio and on-location sessions. Alongside her husband Ryan, who handles Pheifer Photography’s business end, Amy works from a handicapped-accessible in-home studio nestled on the pair’s five-acre property. Within one to two weeks after shoots, Amy reconnects with clients for a viewing session, when they determine which pictures deserve prominence as prints, high-quality digital images, or self-destructing holiday cards for secret agents. Pheifer Photography also immortalizes wedding days with a comprehensive package that begins with separate day-of shots of the bride and groom and continues through the Grand March.