Shadi Ameri briefly dabbled in the world of modeling, but soon realized that her true calling was behind the camera. At Studio Shadi Photography, she captures models striking dramatic poses amidst equally dramatic landscapes, including rocky cliffs, winding woodland paths, and exploding space stations. Her boudoir sessions result in images that are equally glamorous, while portraiture sessions focus on capturing subjects' personalities through elegant poses. To preserve those expressive and sultry shots, Shadi creates prints and photo albums as well as online galleries.
Professional photographer Kelsey Ney crystallizes fleeting moments in crisp, vibrant digital images. The albums at Kelsey Brooke Photography are full of 1-year-olds celebrating their birthdays with more cake on their faces than their plates, and families smiling and posing in sunlit outdoor settings. Ney also snaps photos of more specialized subject matter such as Little League baseball games and egg-laying pets.
When Sierra Abrams, an avid photographer since age 12, isn't behind her camera, most likely she can be found nose-deep in a classic book or writing one of her own stories. Sierra combines her passion for photography and literature, channeling her love for compelling storylines into dramatic portraits and narrative photo shoots. In addition to creating family photos, headshots, and wedding portraits, she excels in photographing children–not surprising, given her experience as a preschool teacher and nanny.
At the age of 10, Bryan Meyer went on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. It was on that trip that he first picked up a camera–and he hasn't put it down since. Now, more than four decades later, Bryan continues what has turned into a lifelong journey in photography. He and his Mind's Eye team shoot local conventions, sports events, and celebrations. They also snap more intimate sessions, including families with special needs.
Kristine Wahner learned most of what she knows while working for her family's photography business in the Philippines, where she refined her artistic style and knowledge of camera equipment—which included becoming an expert at snapping pictures without digital editing as a backup. She continued picking business partners from her family tree, shooting pictures with her sister for three years in the United States before branching out on her own. Now she snaps contemporary photos, commemorating moms-to-be, newborns, and families, as well as high-school seniors, weddings, and intimate boudoir moments.
Sunrise and sunset mark the start and end of the workday for most people, but they’re the busiest times for Katie LaCoste. She relies on these golden hours to illuminate her subjects during 30- to 60-minute portrait sessions, which she conducts all over San Diego County. Ranging from kids and expectant moms to couples and families, Katie’s models strike comfortable, playful poses during each shoot, which often yield up to 300 pictures. Katie begins sorting through them right after the session, posting edited versions of her favorites onto Facebook and assembling them onto a USB drive for her clients.