Sylvia Sepulveda became enamored with vintage pin-up photography because of the props. A frequent thrift-store shopper, she had planned to start a blog about her purchases but found that taking and editing their pictures was more satisfying than writing the posts. She turned her lens onto human subjects shortly thereafter and now generates inventive and sensual snapshots at Indie Girl Photography. Sylvia doesn't shy away from whimsical impulses both during and after her shoots. Based on the dialogue between her and the client, she suggests poses that can result in simple, flirtatious portraits or playful, old-timey advertisements. Her retouching finesse then works two types of magic, serving to add backdrops—ranging from a retro kitchen scene to a patriotic battleground—as well as remove sources of insecurity, including blemishes, stretch marks, and mismatched shoes. She deftly adjusts lighting and angles to flatter clients of all body types, and she pairs outfits that clients bring from home with her own stock of accessories, such as a vintage aviator hat or a video camera.
Apart from her boudoir-style shots, she experiments with fantasy and alternative styles. Her galleries display models cast as robots, angels, and superheroes, among other supernatural roles.
A boldly shaped beehive of black and blond braids. Cascading blond curls, shaded by a sheer veil. The two hairstyles seem like polar opposites, but the team of stylists and makeup artists at Queens Coiffure were able to expertly craft both for their clients. Helmed by Bethany Bell—whose nickname, “Queen B,” inspired the studio’s name—the team’s services can easily prepare a bride for her wedding day or a model for an avant-garde fashion shoot. The stylists complement their custom hairdos and extensions with hairstyling lessons, which teach patrons that a braid is not just one massive, neglected split end. Meanwhile, their spray tans, eyelash tints, and meticulous manicures enhance features for any occasion.
Vikrant believes that a photograph is a story, a single freeze-frame from a motion picture that conveys setting, character, action, and plot. He approaches every shot he snaps with this in mind, whether he’s working with professional models for clients such as Ray-Ban sunglasses or Time magazine or just snapping headshots for a local business owner. He works almost exclusively out his professionally outfitted studio, spinning human visages into compelling yarns through the lens of his digital camera. For private clients, he provides both prints and digital images to frame or plaster across the Internet.
Urdaneta Photography's team of photographers and their trusty cameras work together, capturing professional images that reflect subjects’ inner personality and outer beauty. Urdaneta Photography's portfolio of posed and candid shots showcases a unique blend of technical expertise and artistic vision, encompassing full-color portraits, vivid head shots, and black-and-white images.
A man lies tangled in a shower curtain, lifeless, with blood spattered everywhere; "kill your boyfriend" was the theme of this shoot, conducted by photographer Nikki Riley for one of her clients who'd recently parted ways with her latest beau. Nikki's willingness to transcend boundaries, paired with her creative flair, has sent her to New York City and Atlanta to shoot risqué and editorial-style fashion spreads and helped her earn a nomination for PHL17's Philly's Hot List of Best Photographers 2011. Raised as a "John Lennon kid" by a photographer mother, her inherited desire to snap shots came to fruition soon after graduating college, when she traded her 9–5 desk job for a career in photography. Nikon D700 in tow, Nikki spends her days at the 1,700-square-foot studio she co-owns, The Hive 215, which features high ceilings, loft windows, vintage furnishings, and a beauty bar where specialists prep clients' hair and makeup.
Though Nikki's fashion and portrait shoots favor bold colors and clean, magazine-quality finishes, her intimate boudoir shoots explore both high and low angles and toy with exposure—in every sense of the word. Taken from the most flattering angles for each body type, shots of lingerie-clad legs and torsos sway from high-contrast black and white to elegantly washed-out color frames lit softly from behind like an angel auditioning for the cover of Maxim. Nikki caters these shoots to the desires and comfort level of each client, letting imaginations run wild with coy pinup poses or showcasing epidermises for keepsake shots of clients in any state of undress.