After receiving her degree in photography and graphic design, Kelly Powell traveled the world in search of frank, heartfelt images—a journey that took her from historic Italian villages to the war-torn plains of Africa. The owner and head photographer of Elements Studio Photography channels these experiences into her camera work, which blends candid shots with traditional portraits and oversized thought bubbles to convey the true emotions of the day. She and fellow shutterbug Rainey Rinaldi specialize in boudoir, portrait, and event photography, with a particular passion for unconventional weddings.
Chris Bendet's photographic methods mash classic melodrama, of-the-moment photojournalism, and modern portraiture to preserve moments that caputure genuine relationships and pure emotions. For one to two hours, cameras catch the countenance of you and up to 49 of your progeny and pets, perfect for capturing large family gatherings or couples portraits with an eccentric backdrop of 48 yowling coyotes. Depending on the specifics of your desired shoot, Bendet photography will shoot your session at either their charming Red House Studio ($100) or on-site in a location determined upon consultation ($150). Post-session, three of your images are made into physical prints (up to 8”x10”, $60) and a montage of your photo session and images are collected on a DVD ($200), providing a digital repository for posting your portraiture online or sharing through email, social media sites, or ecarrier pigeons. Should your images require further familiar distribution, Groupon holders will receive a 10% discount on additional prints.
A newborn being cradled in his parents’ hands. A newly engaged couple nuzzling together. A family wrestling a Burmese python for their most recent family portrait. These are the moments that the photographers at Abundant Moments Photography strive to capture during their in-studio and on-location photo shoots. Less concerned with poses and more concerned with spontaneous actions, they keep their cameras focused on babies, seniors, families, and brides and grooms. The resulting photos can be shared online, printed, arranged into a collage, or superimposed on accessories such as bags and jewelry.
After spending 32 years enriching the lives of children as an educator, Dr. Gwen Larson Morris shifted career paths when her passion for photography led her to found Gwen Morris Studio. With an artistic approach that she describes as "painting with light, highlights, and shadows," Morris uses natural elements to create inimitable portraits for her clients, whether she's snapping maternity pictures, senior pictures, or canine law-school-graduation pictures. As comfortable in the classroom as she is behind a camera, Morris leads aspiring photographers and shutterbugs through workshops in the art of memory preservation, helping them grasp the inner workings of their cameras while finding their own photographic style.
Donning Viking hats and oversize sunglasses, partygoers charge into the spacious confines of Booth Crazy's modern photo booths, which eschew the trappings and restrictions of retro nostalgia. Up to 10 prop-clad guests pile in front of the camera at once, making the booths ideal for capturing memories of extended families or duels between two classical quintets. A friendly photographic host sets up and maintains the booth throughout each event, helping attendees compose and create 4"x6" prints or 2"x6" strips, which can be emblazoned with custom designs. Cameras snap unlimited pictures, with their collected images uploaded to the Internet and flash drives for later perusal, printing, and sharing.
The first photograph taken at DeCloud Studios was in 1928, and the studio has since become highly versatile — their team of photographers can capture high school seniors, children, families, wedding parties, or virtually any group that hasn't developed an allergy to smiling. Sessions aren't bound to a single location, either. Groups can pose within multiple studio rooms, or travel to outdoor locations such as Loose Park and West Bottoms. Once at the chosen area, the photographers might set up poses or simply let natural moments unfold, putting their subjects at ease and encouraging them to play with props . Afterwards, DeCloud Studios' staff can retouch images, frame them, or transform them into keepsakes such as cards and coffee table books.