As a child, Courtney Whitehurst kicked off her camera career in front of the lens as her mother took countless photos. Today, with a decade of experience, the skilled and friendly photographer captures and preserves moments within mantel-worthy kodachromes taken on location. The skilled shutterbug tailors each shoot by incorporating personal items, such as baby's first bottle rocket, or suggesting themes to help subjects ease into their memory-making session. Whitehurst spends at least five hours meticulously editing all photos from a shoot and places no limits on the amount of frames she snaps. She feels passionately about giving back to her community, and when she's not crafting crisp, personal images, she's volunteering with a number of local nonprofits.
Naturally Photography owner and photo sensei Gary Denman is a graduate of both the School of Naval Photography and the Art Institute of Seattle who, for the past 15 years, has specialized in shooting indoor and outdoor destination weddings as well as lifestyle portraits. His school introduces aspiring frame-grabbers to the photography craft as an art, hobby, and profession through four 1.5-hour class periods.
As a child, Colleen Lawson would get lost in photography books and family photo albums, entranced by the colors, emotions, and stories that each picture tells. That was her first love, her second occurring later in life—babies and kids. Today she combines her loves, specializing in portraits of newborns and children in picturesque outdoor settings such as floral parks or foam-washed beaches. She also applies her skills to couples and family portraiture, as well as photo sessions for moms-to-be.
As a professional photographer with an artistic flare, Hannah Joy captures fleeting moments, cleans them up, and releases them back into the wild. Her bright demeanor easily elicits big smiles in the Beaches–Jax, Atlantic, Ponte Vedra, San Marco, and downtown Jacksonville areas, all of which are available as beguiling backgrounds by appointment. After the photo shoot is finished, Hannah’s hand-retouching services can help minimize glare, red eye, or unsightly scars earned while battling white whales on the open sea. Smiling subjects also receive a handy USB drive packed with 15–20 optimized images, preserving digital doppelgangers for real-life or online posterity.
The seasoned shutterbugs at Living Image Photography capture the personalities of subjects by eliciting natural poses and keeping studio shoots comfortable. Sessions accommodate up to five family members or grinning clones, as well as unlimited portrait props, such as a loyal family sedan or an antique hydrogen blimp. After smiling, staring blankly, or grimacing at the camera for a reel's worth of shots, the apprehended images will be enhanced and burned to a DVD to be taken home and viewed during dinner parties or affixed to a disco-style baby-crib mobile. To keep smiles lasting from photo sessions to portrait mounting, customers can opt to transform thumbnails into full-size prints with a 15% discount.