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.
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.
A ponytailed toddler grips her sunglasses determinedly as her parents crouch, smiling, in the background. Walking atop either side of a railroad track, a young couple bridges the distance with their hands. In the midst of wedding preparations, a bride pauses to read a love letter from her soon-to-be spouse. These are a few of the fleeting moments placed in a beautiful image-jail by This Is Life Photography’s founder Marisa. Fascinated by the power of freezing time since she was a child, she composes portraits and wedding scenes with an eye toward creating mementos that can be handed down for generations.
The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts?who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands?consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.