The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves.
A gorgeous woman balancing atop a rustic railroad tie. A cool guy in sunglasses leaning against a brick wall. A washed out image of a woman reclining on cement stairs. These aren't the liner notes of every Billy Joel album ever, though their professional-grade quality is on par. Rather, these unique shots come from LEO Pictures' impressive portfolio. Most of the shots contain urban flourishes, as well as vibrant color schemes that allow certain features, such as red lips or a bright green shirt, to pop. The master shutterbug behind these attractive, delightfully off-kilter kodachromes is Avesta Jowkar, who lends his compositional eye to weddings, engagement announcements, high school senior portraits, family portraits, and kid sessions.
Michael Weber and Nick Adams aim their lenses at everything from beaming couples to photogenic plates of pasta. The two harness more than 25 years of combined experience as they craft images—not the kind that sit sedately in frames, but rather the kind that leap out, grab your face, and launch into stories about dimpled babies, flying mortarboards, and couples vowing to stay together in sickness and in health. Their artistic, modern style yields images perfect for family albums but also polished enough for model portfolios. They share the techniques behind that deft approach during introductory and advanced photography classes, passing down their exuberance for the art form whose development spared museum-goers from more dreary years of staring at da Vinci’s finger paintings.
With over 45 years of professional portrait services experience, the energetic staff of 10 at Bright Side Portraits take pride in their in-studio and outdoor shoots. But they really shine during Day in the Life sessions—shoots that combine candid portraiture with photojournalism. Over three to four hours, a shutterbug follows their subject around the city, documenting their activities and warning them of any open manholes. Regardless of the shoot, Bright Side precedes each one with a consultation where the portrait consultant discusses aesthetic, wardrobe, and location with the client to ensure they are getting what they want. Scheduling is available online 24/7.