Though Orlando expected his trip to Ground Zero to be a meaningful one, it wasn't until afterward that the visit profoundly changed his life. He had snapped some photos of the site, and upon seeing the proofs he was spellbound; their power convinced him to pursue photography professionally. Today he is more likely to be found shooting lovebirds than landmarks, as he mostly channels his passion into capturing weddings. However, the elements of realism that initially inspired Orlando still shape his work; he's been known to catch stolen moments such as a ring bearer scowling as a grownup adjusts his suit buttons, and a bride beaming as she gets a first glimpse of her freshly applied makeup. Like an alarm clock that gives wet willies, his style has not gone unnoticed—Orlando boasts Bride's Choice Awards from WeddingWire for 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Though Jerry and Caroline Rizzo aren’t the original owners of David Eric Photography, they felt strongly about keeping the studio’s name when they took over in February 1992. But the David Eric name isn’t the only element that was saved during the transition. The Rizzos and their team of photographers proudly uphold the studio's traditions of excellent customer service, which includes giving ample attention to every client—from wedding couples and boudoir models to newborns—before, during, and after each shoot. And it is with this patience and attentiveness that the studio has gone on to earn high praise from The Knot and Wedding Wire.
At Bright Light Studios, photographer Sameh draws on more than a decade of experience in the industry to helm a creative team dedicated to capturing professional photographs and recording momentous occasions on video. The artistic photographers aim their lenses at subjects of all ages and dispositions, from graduating seniors and smitten couples to cats looking to start viral Internet memes. They also snap images at landmark events, blending into the background at bar mitzvahs or crouching behind tiered cakes at weddings so as not to interfere with candid moments. Back in the studio, a team of graphic designers helps businesses get off their feet, designing company logos and layouts for brochures and marketing campaigns.
Before he ran his own studio, Andrew Foord exclusively took photos of only two models: his wife and son. They encouraged him to turn his behind-the-lens hobby into a career, and soon Andrew Foord Photography was born. Rather than a simple point-and-shoot approach, Andrew creates artistic portraits of his male and female clients by using dramatic sets, poses, and lighting. During workshops, he teaches those lighting skills to amateur photographers, as well as his favorite techniques for retouching images in Adobe Photoshop.