As youngsters, Charles and Talamieka Brice experienced the world through drawing. While his life revolved around comic heroes such as Batman and The Hulk, hers hinged on doodling family members and teachers rather than biting their likenesses out of hunks of cheese. When the pair met in art classes at Jackson State University, what began as a friendly rivalry quickly transformed into a rewarding romantic and artistic partnership. Now married, the award-winning illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers use their talent to craft work for individuals and corporations equally adeptly. They capture striking images of families, kids, and weddings from behind the lens, which they preserve as prints, images burned onto discs, or customized hand-drawn portraits. Their skills extend to pet portraits, watercolor and oil paintings, and sculpture. Additionally, their graphic designs have professionalized the look of corporate brochures, logos, and catalogs.
You don't have to be a model to look like one in one of Will Sterling's photographs. A regular contributor to Denim Magazine and other publications, Sterling takes the techniques that have made him well-sought in fashion, beauty, and entertainment circles and applies them to his wedding and family shoots as well, creating memories that would look as at home on the newsstand as they do on the mantel. When it comes to senior portraits though, he encourages kids to be themselves, snapping them smiling as they listen to headphones, strum a guitar, or forge permission slips.
Since 1987 David Johnston has made his living capturing the complexity and emotion of everyday life, turning milestones—such as a new birth, a graduation, or a wedding—into a tangible touchstone that lasts forever. Though he first entertained his artistic passion by snapping photos of scenic landscapes, Johnston tired of the vistas devoid of living subjects, the panoramas free of warm smiles, and the meadows indifferent to the joy of high-school graduations and engagements. David’s photos—with subjects framed in a soft, almost dreamy level of contrast brought to life with tasteful splashes of color saturation—speak to his own appreciation for human connection and sense of community.
FTM Photography's chief photographer loves capturing special moments, whether it's a surprise engagement photo or a shared kiss between a couple before prom. He also captures all the intimate moments of a wedding, including the hard-to-get shot of the maid of honor practicing her speech on the dog. He takes many photos of graduating high school seniors and kids, as well, and he's been known to snap shots of antique vehicles and car races.
Laughter is the key to successful photo shoots at Holly Brazil Photography, where seasoned shutterbug Holly uses humor to put clients at ease. Whether coaxing smiles from kids, teens, or the Queen’s royal guard dog, she ensures natural shots that are expertly retouched for in-print or digital viewing. Holly also hosts steamy French boudoir sessions, where she helps to highlight clients’ best attributes.
Master photographer Bill Ray cements milestones great and little with his creative portraits. He photographs sleeping babies, children after their first Communion or soccer game, graduating seniors, and engaged couples. During themed portraits, he bestows children with ethereal wings and flowered crowns. Family portraits turn into holiday cards and pop into frames that sit on the mantel or hang from the rearview mirror. Bill also captures couples on their wedding day, from those moments before the bride walks down the aisle to the first dance.