Before becoming business partners, Jonathan and Lindsay Betz fell in love in the shadow of the St. Louis Arch. When they first met, John was just beginning a photography career while volunteering as a firefighter and Lindsay was a music therapist serving children with special needs. After their marriage, they both agreed that the perfect backdrop for their new life together needed more mountains and fewer geometry-inspired landmarks, so they went on road trips to find the perfect place to build a home and raise a family. They eventually landed in Colorado Springs, where their two children now frolic through grassy fields while Jonathan snaps photos amid the Rockies. A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Jonathan's work has graced the pages of the New York Times. When he isn't capturing the candid smiles of high school seniors or families, or chronicling the happiest moments at weddings, he stays busy in the lab, retouching each image he captures to ensure that all colors are balanced and all Waldos are accounted for. He also hosts four-week, six-week, and one-day workshops, during which he fills students in on fundamental skills, image editing, and how to turn a photography hobby into a business.
Ugly Duckling Portraits' seasoned cameraman Charles Gilbert freezes moments into family, newborn, and infant portraits, senior pictures, and professional headshots. Gilbert captures images for one to two hours as customers pose in a chosen location such as a treasured family garden, terrace, or freeway underpass. Alternatively, clients can model at a private studio and fuse their images with a choice of more than 100 green-screen backdrops including fall trees, American flags, and streaming colors. Four to five business days after sessions, customers can peruse an online slideshow of up to 40 images captured during the shoot and select one to take home as an 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" print, or select five images to be digitally retouched. Finally, the studio prints the client's favorite image with luster or glossy finish, and prints the client's most despised image onto a napkin and sets it aflame.
Recognized by the Professional Photographers of America as a master of her craft, Mary Lynne Ashley won a second place award for her entry in Professional Photographer Magazine's 2010 cover contest. While this certified pro photographs children, families, and expectant mothers, she snatches honest smiles and inquisitive gazes from the mists of time with a hair-trigger shutter. After she adorns newborns with wreaths of flowers, headbands, hats, and tutus, Mary Lynne stealthily captures their subtle expressions as they slumber on antique chairs and barrels overflowing with fuzzy blankets. She displays her versatility by documenting these bundles of joy in the comfort of her studio, in front of scenic landscapes, or in the arms of their loving adoptive androids. In addition to photographing humans, she snaps pictures of beloved pets and imparts her knowledge of digital photography during workshops and classes.
EMbrace your memories photography’s professional shutterbug captures a diverse array of images and offers them up in digital format. Emily Campe can stay in her studio or venture out on-location to capture pets, artwork, maternity moments, holidays, childhood events, weddings, and senior landmarks. She also occasionally creates packages for events such as graduations, bundling photo shoots with wallet-size shots, larger prints, and copyrighted images.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three- or four-hour workshops. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
With a husband in the Army and two young children, Suzanne Kroner understands the importance of capturing a family's fleeting moments. After spending three years gaining experience in a studio, Suzanne set out on her own, and today she helps memorialize everything from newly engaged couples frolicking in the surf to families showing off their matching T-shirts. She also charms children into smiling, frames newborns' tiny toes, and documents babies' journeys from kicking within their mothers' bellies to snuggling in their crib. After each session, an online gallery lets clients peruse the images, deciding at their leisure which prints to use for wallpapering the dining room.