Media-mixing artist Julia Shapiro creatively combines photography and painted portraiture to capture family countenances on black-and-white film enhanced by hand-painted, vintage-style color. Julia invests time in getting to know individuals and families before guiding them through casual sittings in her loft-like studio. Candid shots can include clothing changes and sentimental props such as a beloved teddy bear or a favorite vacuum robot. About a week after the shoot, patrons return to pick up the completed set of proofs and select an image for the final portrait. Julia develops the chosen image in black and white as an 11"x14" print, then transforms its surface with oil paints according to client taste. The result, much like wedding dresses and the ability to verbally hypnotize squirrels, can be handed down to future generations.
Brooks Institute of Photography attendee Kevin Keith, alongside of his wife Ashley, has chalked up more than seven years of wedding and lifestyle photography experience. With subjects dressed their best in wedding frocks and dapper tuxedos, the husband-and-wife team captures every moment of the momentous occasion, from their first glances at each other before the ceremony to the tail of the limousine as it drives away from the reception.
Candid moments like these are the signature of Kevin Ashley Photography, where Kevin and Ashley work together on wedding and engagement photo shoots, along with portraits and lifestyle photography. In addition to directing poses and snapping photos, Kevin and his wife have been imparting their wisdom to aspiring photographers for more than five years by sharing tips and techniques during private lessons and group photography workshops. And for those who prefer to take photographic matters into their own hands, Kevin Ashley Photography also rents out a LIGHTBOX photo booth for events and parties.
Donning Viking hats and oversize sunglasses, partygoers charge into the spacious confines of Booth Crazy's modern photo booths, which eschew the trappings and restrictions of retro nostalgia. Up to 10 prop-clad guests pile in front of the camera at once, making the booths ideal for capturing memories of extended families or duels between two classical quintets. A friendly photographic host sets up and maintains the booth throughout each event, helping attendees compose and create 4"x6" prints or 2"x6" strips, which can be emblazoned with custom designs. Cameras snap unlimited pictures, with their collected images uploaded to the Internet and flash drives for later perusal, printing, and sharing.
After spending 32 years enriching the lives of children as an educator, Dr. Gwen Larson Morris shifted career paths when her passion for photography led her to found Gwen Morris Studio. With an artistic approach that she describes as "painting with light, highlights, and shadows," Morris uses natural elements to create inimitable portraits for her clients, whether she's snapping maternity pictures, senior pictures, or canine law-school-graduation pictures. As comfortable in the classroom as she is behind a camera, Morris leads aspiring photographers and shutterbugs through workshops in the art of memory preservation, helping them grasp the inner workings of their cameras while finding their own photographic style.