Shutterbug Michael Spangler, owner of Expressions Photography of Central, has been snapping photos professionally since 1986. His skills earned him stints as president of the Louisiana Professional Photographers Association and the Capital City Professional Photographers Guild. Today, he crafts portraits and senior photos both inside his studio and amid natural surroundings. His sophisticated, black-and-white portraits occasionally include pops of color to highlight a red car, a pink tutu, or a bad case of the blues. In his color photos, Michael runs the gamut between heavy saturation and subdued, desaturated hues to highlight his subject's dynamic poses.
While chronicling weddings, he draws on 26 years of experience as he alternates between traditional poses and candid shots. Michael also transforms sports photos into memorabilia such as custom composites, trading cards, and magnets. When he isn't capturing still images, he professionally records concerts and recitals on video.
After stumbling upon an unmanned camera during her sophomore year at NYU, Lacy Davillier devoted her studies to the photographic arts, earning a BFA in studio art with a focus on photography and graphic design. She found that the peace and seclusion of the dark room proved a welcome respite from the din of city traffic, the pressures of school, and the monotony of sunlight. The young yet experienced photographer now specializes in contemporary photography, chronicling weddings, maternity moments, and celebrating families on location or in her studio. This picturesque space on historic Canal Street, with its wood floors, original doors, and classic New Orleans porch, serves as a romantic backdrop for any manner of shoots, and is fully stocked with toys and organic juices for clients? kids. Lacy also performs a variety of graphic-design services as well as photograph-restoration work.
Karli Beard doesn't limit herself when it comes to photography. The multitalented shutterbug works adeptly with kids and adults alike, shooting new moms, families at play, and demure portraits in dim lighting. She also captures weddings and engagements with bridal photography sessions that memorialize big days better than a cake chiseled from granite.
Signature service: Portrait (individual & family) & Boudoir
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Canon
Pro Tip: Drink plenty of water, relax, and come prepared to have fun all while creating memoriable photos.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
I am very laid back and easy going. I like to make sure my clients are having fun while working with me. If they're having fun it will show in the end product.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I first developed a passion for photography in 2004 while I was living in the Bay Area in California. I started out doing amateur modeling. It was ok, but my interest was really in being behind the camera directing others. I wanted to take my ideas and produce stunning images.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The fact that I offer Boudoir sessions; and they are amazed at my style of editing. I keep the customer looking natural while still removing flaws. I never "over edit" and make the clients look different or "unnatural".
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The most amazing part of my job is that when I am no longer physically here on this earth, I will still live on through my work. My work will be here forever either on the internet, hanging in someone's home, or tucked away in a photo albulm.
Agame?pronounced ah-gahm-e?is a yoga and meditation studio that does things a little differently. The extensive variety of yoga classes includes classics like beginner Vinyansa flow and hot Vinyasa, but it also encompasses specialty and lesser-known disciplines like the visualization-focused yoga nidra and the pain-relieving Svaroopa.
Agame isn't just for grownups. Alex, one of the studio instructors, teaches PLAYOGA classes designed for babies, kids, and parents. Meanwhile, bodywork experts dispatch massages and energy therapies, while workshops cover mindfulness and Ayurvedic eating for better health. Even Agame's methods of payment are unique?in addition to paying the old-fashioned way, patrons can trade work hours, attend donation-based community classes, or drop Monopoly money from a skyscraper.