Jaquis Saylor began his career in fashion by designing his own line, Green Grape Clothing. But soon photographing models piqued his creativity more than dressing them. So he ditched his sewing kit for a camera and taught himself the ins and outs of photography. At Green Grape Photography, Jaquis's runway and editorial experience led to his specialty: building the portfolios of up-and-coming models with sessions that include makeup, up to four looks, and high-resolution images. In addition to fashion shoots, he snaps photos for glamour and pinup sessions, as well as events and family portraits.
When Tyra Toren first ducked behind a camera, it was to take pictures of her family and friends. Nowadays, even though she has completed several photography classes and opened a photography studio, Take a Shot, she hasn't strayed from her original subject matter. Her portfolio is full of colorful and black-and-white portraits of children, infants, families, and expecting mothers. Many of them are staged against her studio's backdrops, though she also opens her shutter for outdoor photo shoots.
The New York City skyline rises from the horizon, juxtaposed against the natural splendor of sparkling water and grey-blue rocks. Images from Melo LLC's photographers strive to capture both man's impressive creations and nature's majesty in a single photo. In human-centric portraits, they blend the beauty of genuine emotion with the polished look of a posed position.
When cast members from The Real Housewives of New Jersey stopped at Marra's Restaurant for a bite, the owner asked neighboring photographer Mike Kortoci to take a picture. The ladies loved his work so much that, after a tour of his studio, they asked Mike to film an on-camera segment for the show. Snapping shots of celebs isn't uncommon for Mike—according to Ridgewood News, his famous clientele has included the Baldwin brothers and America's Next Top Model –winner CariDee English.
For the most part, however, Mike lends his artistic eye and more than 20 years of experience to creating customized portraits for his everyday clients, including kids and families. He snaps primarily black-and-white images during on-location shoots and inside his 2,000-square-foot studio. Afterward, he retouches clients' favorite shots, removing red eye or blinking specters, and preserves them on canvas or watercolor-paper prints.
Before he ran his own studio, Andrew Foord exclusively took photos of only two models: his wife and son. They encouraged him to turn his behind-the-lens hobby into a career, and soon Andrew Foord Photography was born. Rather than a simple point-and-shoot approach, Andrew creates artistic portraits of his male and female clients by using dramatic sets, poses, and lighting. During workshops, he teaches those lighting skills to amateur photographers, as well as his favorite techniques for retouching images in Adobe Photoshop.
Roxana Puiu travels throughout New York City to photograph such subjects as families, individuals, and newborn babies. Ms. Puiu specializes in many styles, from standard portrait sessions to intimate boudoir, glamour, and pin-up photo shoots. She also loves photographing pets.