In the company of his studio's resident cat, Vegas Alien’s photographer Jim Warren draws on a background in fine art and commercial shutter-snappery, giving portraits, modeling-portfolio shots, engagement pictures, and graduation photos a sleek, polished sheen. Up to two people can fan their tail feathers for a one-hour photo session in the Vegas Alien studio or at a preferred off-site setting within a 40-mile radius, be it a family home or a low-flying moon. Jim is particularly practiced at boudoir photography, creating sensual images that give your life's bunkmate a much more stimulating picture book to read before bed than Curious George Renews His License at the DMV. He can also pose subjects with beloved cars, motorcycles, and pets.
Professional photographer Jaci Sumner approaches every shoot with a clean slate, taking cues from the personalities of those centered in her lens rather than imposing a fixed aesthetic onto a client or occasion. The resulting photos are marked by a certain naturalness and are made unique by the photographer's willingness to break with outmoded photography conventions.
When she's not taking photographs, Jaci engages in locally focused philanthropic efforts that include her own organization, ProjectStella. The initiative was named after her dog and studio companion Stella, and has raised funds for the Milwaukee Humane Society since 2009.
Opening a small business might seem like a big step for some people, but Ron Wimmer had seen enough in his life to take a risk. After traveling the world as a photojournalist for five years, Wimmer returned home and opened his first professional studio. He moved his family and studio to the Midwest in 1994, and he has since kept busy doing what he loves: capturing intimate moments from behind the camera. Today, Wimmer works both on location and in a Wauwatosa-based, 2500-square-foot studio, snapping photographs of individuals, groups, and families, among many other subjects.
Dale Horn first began taking photograph portraits in 1988, and in the following decades he's begun to specialize in candid portrayals of graduating seniors, families, children, and weddings. Dale works in a relaxed setting that puts his subjects at ease, making portrait sessions fun even as he captures defining characteristics of individuals, families, or children. He harnesses years of creative knowledge to turn images of people into works of art, patiently waiting for the right facial expression to capture the subject's personality.
British ex-pat and award-winning photographer David Simm counts celebrities, business tycoons, and the Archbishop of Canterbury among his former clientele, and currently holds the title of chief executive of the Professional Wedding Photographers Network. Stateside, the artist supplements his nuptial snapshots with family portraits and corporate photography. A master of composition, color, and restoration, Simm also sells instructional programs that cover Photoshop, proper lighting, handling multicultural weddings, and preventing photobombs from quirky uncles.
Betty Stuart always had a talent for documentation. After graduating from Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism in 1940, Stuart applied her shrewd journalistic eye to the field of photography. As she took on more professional jobs, she honed her skills behind the lens and learned how to blend into the background of weddings and other events so as not to interfere with candid moments.
Before long, Stuart joined forces with her husband, John Boyd Rodgers, to found Stuart-Rodgers Photography. The nascent company soon added corporate, commercial, and school photography to its list of services and, due to high demand for the couple’s innovative journalistic approach, expanded to three locations throughout Chicagoland. Today, Stuart-Rodgers's team of professional photographers maintains elements of Stuart’s original photographic vision in every shot, including her knack for capturing angles that draw attention away from subjects’ unflattering tentacles.