Ford Pearson's photographs tell stories that span generations. During on-location shoots, he snaps photos of babies, older kids, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who can fit into a family photograph. His camera also renders images of many milestones, such as weddings or high-school seniors right before they spin the cocoons that will turn them into adults.
Shan Applegate’s mom gave him his first SLR camera when he was in eighth grade, and it swiftly became his signature accessory. It hung around his neck every day as he fulfilled his duties as his high school’s yearbook photographer, snapping shots of students as they received awards or fell asleep during math lectures. The photojournalistic style he began to develop as a teenager still informs his work today, as the head of his own photography studio. Shan’s portraits capture mothers cuddling newborns, newlyweds sharing a kiss, and tots in the midst of winter activities, such as piling two snowballs to form a snowtoddler. He also works with more business-oriented clients during commercial shoots.
When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.
For more than five months in 2010, Travis Williams traveled 12,500 miles to interview and photograph farmers in 23 states. The project typifies Travis, who approaches portrait photography as a way to document not just individuals, but entire communities. It’s why the majority of his galleries at Broken Banjo Photography are arranged by the places he’s visited and photographed, such as Washington, Minnesota, and California. Based in Oregon, Travis specializes in headshots and senior portraits, as well as coverage of conferences.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Signature service: Studio Style Photo Booth
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Canon
Pro Tip: We provide an on-site, professional studio set up with fun and stylish themes.