Ocean Blessing Photography's skilled snap-shooters, boasting degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, University of the Pacific, and Gent University, favor a photojournalistic approach to capture genuine, spontaneous moments. Though they specialize in nuptial-related photography, the group also excels at family- and senior- portrait services as well as seasonal images proving the existence of Santa Claus's unicorn. The photographers sport professional Canon digital SLR cameras, lenses, and flashes in addition to professional software and hardware for editing and retouching, which results in artistic, completely polished photographs. Clients can peruse the FAQ for clothing recommendations and methods for befriending timid tripods.
After mastering her photographic skills by capturing images of her own family for five years, Colette Grina decided to focus her lens on the general public. At Beautiful Contrasts Photography, she snaps portraits of families, weddings, kids, newborns, and expectant moms. Wielding a store of props such as hats and swaddle wraps, subjects strike poses during on-location sessions, which Colette holds at Monterey’s scenic parks and beaches. She relies entirely on natural light to illumine her subjects in every photo, preserving high-resolution images on CDs and in print form.
When she graduated with a degree in photojournalism nearly two decades ago, Kendra Stone-Hinds wanted her pictures to tell a story—not in newspapers, but in family photo albums and frames. For her, it’s a gift to snap wedding photos, chronicle pregnancy’s curves, capture a family’s growth, and beyond—she gets to be a part of the journey and help her subjects to remember each step.
Kendra’s images capture energetic moments, unique viewpoints, and striking contrasts. A versatile shutter snapper, she fills her portfolio with vibrant shots of weddings, expectant moms, and babies.
Professional photographer Portia Shao's artistic intuition imbues everything she captures on film, from her evocative portraiture to her impressionistic Polaroid SX-70 snap shots. Dividing her time between watercolor painting and photography, Portia seamlessly melds the two disciplines and exercises her skills across a wide range of subjects. Her landscapes portray the vastness of natural sites around the world, stitching multiple photos together to create panoramic scenes of the Himalayas at sunrise, and her portraiture draws out the essence of each subject she shoots, which makes for pictures more personal than a monogrammed set of headgear.
Beyond her own artistic vision, Portia strives to craft images that please her clients. Before each shoot, she leads visitors around her studio, leafing through samples, discussing clothing ideas, and devising lighting schemes. After each pop of the flash bulb, images show up directly on a high-definition TV, allowing for instantaneous feedback. Even with these fail-safe client-satisfaction measures in place, Portia stands by her work with a Be Thrilled or Bust guarantee, which promises a complimentary re-shoot or reprint if clients are unsatisfied with their shots.
Expressive Photographics eschews the banality of traditional posed photography to capture naturally occurring memories of family and loved ones through visual artist Mark Stover's intuitive lens. A personalized consultation before each session outlines customer preferences and location choices. Photo sessions can include up to 50 subjects and serve as an ideal way to celebrate virtually any phase of life: young lovers can immortalize timeless moments of premarital bliss, while families can preserve a child’s toddling adorability and whimsy before it’s cast off for the grave metaphysical contemplations of adolescence. Following each one-hour shutterbugging session, clients will receive either two 11"x14" archival prints (of the same pose) primed for mantel adornment or one 20"x30" print to gift to coworkers or place in enormous wallets.