For Lisa, the inspiration to become a photographer came from a very personal place: her children. The young mother couldn't help but capture her kids' development through each stage of their lives, and found herself making monthly treks to corporate photo studios. When she realized that the images and customer-service experiences that resulted didn’t make the time and cost worth it, she dusted off her old camera, brushed up on her high-school photography lessons, and got to work. What came out was hardly amateur: vivid, light-soaked images of gazing toddlers, slumbering infants, and smiling families.
Today, Lisa's four children motivate her—and prepare her for calming rambunctious subjects—during portrait sessions, which can chronicle kids from birth to their senior years of high school, or capture entire families. Before all shoots, she consults with clients to customize sessions, whether they choose to pose amid the controlled conditions of Lisa's professional studio or inside a favorite linen closet during onsite appointments.
National publications such as Shutterbug magazine, Professional Photographer magazine, Rangefinder, and American Photo magazine have taken notice of Scott and Adina Hayne. The duo's edgy portraiture style sets subjects at the fore of a wide-angled backdrop and moves in for gauzy close-ups that accentuate natural beauty. The results evoke an "in-the-moment" aesthetic in wedding pictures, leave senior portraits ready for fashion magazines, and prompt parents to wonder who replaced the kids with professional models in family pictures. Besides capturing images, the expert clickers preside over lectures and workshops aimed at digital photographers of all experience levels.
Impressions Photography is captained by Tammy Pinkston, a professional photographer with extensive experience in portrait, wedding, and boudoir photography. Tammy and her crew travel to locations throughout town, snapping up pictures of everything from laughing couples to frolicking youngsters to prancing pets. During boudoir sessions, they capture images in flirty themes such as pinup and sports.
A silver-place winner in the photography-studio category of The Virginian-Pilot's 2011 Best of Hampton Roads awards, Kaiser Custom Images earns local plaudits backed by more than 20 years of combined experience capturing memories. In a 3,000-square-foot studio, skilled photographers collaborate with clients to set up the shoot’s themes before snapping a slew of pictures to get the perfect pose of up to six people wearing everyday attire, Sunday best, or matching invisibility cloaks. After choosing the preferred portrait, the studio emblazons the image onto a 5"x7" print and a batch of 4"x8" Slimline cards that personalize festive greetings with themes including winter holidays, Valentine's Day, birthday invites, and more. Photos will be ready about one week after the shoot; patrons with designs for handing out holiday cards to friends, family, and abominable Christmas trees should make an appointment soon, as sessions for Christmas-card orders must take place by December 5, 2011.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.