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.
Revelle’s Art & Framing by Design offers high-quality frames, framing supplies, and an assortment of artwork and jewelry designed by local artists. Prices vary according to the size and nature of the project, but frame-seekers can enhance the edges of family photos or rare collectors’-item nude portraits of Herbert Hoover with a custom 11”x14” frame ($50), chosen from a select group that includes black-, gold-, and silver-lined frames featuring anti-UV-ray glass, archival matting and backing, and a strong magnetic attraction to walls. Customers can also opt to shop the shop’s selection of New Orleans Saints memorabilia, soy candles, artisan jewelry, and decorative fleur-de-lis crafts hand-made by modern French monarchs.
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.
Duplantier Fine Framing's art wranglers corral wayward images from masterpieces to family photos within the bounds of their well-wrought custom frames. Preserve a 16”x20” or 18”x24” piece between the sleek lines of basic metal moulding, with premium glass and foam-core backing to ensure comfortable displays for well-appointed portraits or oversize lottery checks (pieces start around $100). Prints 14”x18” earn well-deserved breathing room with spacers between the print and glass, the extra air adding unmated buoyancy to newborn pastels. Although prices fluctuate based on size, selection, and Brazil's watercolor harvest, every frame is custom-made, by hand using state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring that memorabilia stays attractively preserved for years to come.
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.