Named the Favorite Photographer in the South Bend Tribune's 2008 Readers' Choice Awards, family-owned-and-operated McDonald Studio has been preserving smiles and memories in the Michiana area for 150 years. Memorialize mugs in the click-crazed comforts of McDonald Studio's studio lighting or at an on-location site of choice, including a home, park, or tinfoil castle.
Dan Johnson fell in love with photography using a simple point-and-shoot in high school, toting his lens to summer camp, onto rollercoasters, and through marching-band performances. This love has grown into a successful career as a wedding and portrait photographer—one he pursues with his wife, Jodi, in their spacious Grandville studio. Dan and his team deftly capture senior portraits, snap romantic, lively wedding photographs, and preserve images of babies and newborns for use in embarrassing one's children in front of their future spouses. The pair also creates wholesale prints through their sister company, GoProPrints.com.
The photo strips produced by Happy Days Photography's open-air photo booths have a classic look—they're 4”x6”, each one contains up to five images, and they often depict people posing with wacky props. But there's one drastic difference that sets these booths apart: each shot is snapped by a creative photographer rather than by an automated machine. Those photographers also capture images outside the booths, preserving memories of events from multiple perspectives. Clients can also opt for traditional photo shoots in scenic locations such as Fallasburg Park.
In the curtained-off confines of a photo booth, revelers adjust a digital screen’s controls, then mug for the camera wrapped in feather boas, eyes obscured behind sunglasses. The props and the booth come courtesy of Switek Entertainment, whose photo booths and chief disc jockey—who spins under the name DJ Switek—energize crowds at Michigan wedding receptions and parties. The company also draws on connections to other area businesses, matching hosts with party essentials, such as guests who can put their hands in the air for the entire duration of an event.
Fotohuis Photography’s attendant-staffed photo booths and cadre of professional photographers capture timeless moments at weddings, birthdays, and special occasions across Michigan. During each photo-booth rental, an attendant sets up a fully automated booth and remains onsite to answer questions or poke the tiny artists inside the printer to make them work faster. During photo sessions, friendly photographers snap spontaneous images of partygoers and hosts in a natural and relaxed state. In addition to capturing customers’ smiles, Fotohuis performs professional screenprinting and vinyl-graphics services for sports teams, businesses, and uniform enthusiasts.