Brother and sister Melanie and Matthew Lawton believe it requires more than a creative eye and a pretty face to make art. They hold that the best photographic images occur through a relaxed collaboration between the subject and the camera. To establish this natural rapport, they guide individuals, families, and couples through on-location shoots, suggesting poses while listening to ideas. They encourage candid shots filled with movement and energy—such as newlyweds parading down an aisle of sparklers—while keeping their eyes open for opportunities to interact with on-location environments.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
The talented technicians at Blazing Trails Media leapfrog between the worlds of photography, videography, Photoshop, and video editing. Artists snap intimate family portraits and arresting headshots, as well as wedding photos and promotional photos for small businesses. Blazing Trails Media staff also can collaborate with clients on graphics-design projects, or help edit and shape home-movie clips into a cohesive documentary on who actually won that hotly contested game of Scrabble.
Yuen Lui Studio has been creating photographic heirlooms since time began in 1947. During the photo session ($25 for one person, $30 for up to eight), models can surrender their souls to the camera indoors at Yuen Lui's studio or let nature provide the backdrop at a choice of 11 outdoor beach locales. After flashing their way through a set of expressions, customers should have enough data to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging on the wall for the past 600 years. As proof that the photo shoot actually happened, Yuen Lui Studio will transform a single pose into one 8”x10” print ($79), two 3”x5” prints ($36 for the first, $30 for the second), eight wallet-sized prints ($33 for the first four, $27 for the rest), and a disc that holds the pose as a digital prisoner ($250).
Mark Chaudhary, the photographer behind Jackrabbit Photo, travels to a variety of locations, such as LACMA, Santa Monica Pier, Long Beach Lighthouse, and Huntington Beach Park, to shoot various types of photography. After setting up his mobile studio, the expert shutterbug can photograph families, individuals, and pets. He also specializes in weddings, kids, and headshots for entertainers. When not at photo shoots, Mark teaches workshops on using DSLR cameras.