Husband-and-wife photography force Brian and Rebecca Fulton founded RBF Photography to pursue a passion for distilling reality into vivid, two-dimensional frames. At one of three scenic haunts, the shutterbug duo immortalizes groups of up to four friends, family members, or recently reunited enemies in casual sessions structured to foster candid poses. After firing up their trusty Canon 5D Mark II DSLRs, the photographers frame faces in pictures that clients can later sift through on a password-protected online account. Patrons have their favorite shots transformed into four edited, high-resolution images or elegant prints sporting a luster, metallic, or toothpaste finish. Print prices vary by dimensions and include wallet size ($14.95–$17.95 for four), 11”x14” ($48.95–$51.95 each), and 16”x24” ($125.95–$135.95 each).
Writers at this bimonthly lifestyle magazine sift through the local dining, art, and social scenes to present the gems to readers on glossy, colorful pages. Each entertaining issue carries an expansive dining guide that curates the city's culinary landscape, turning readers on to chic new bistros and hidden gems. Articles and profiles amble through art exhibits, turning the spotlight on local artists and noteworthy openings. Armchairs are transported to far-flung destinations with the travel section, and the local events section sends residents out into their own neighborhoods. Journalists bring the area's political and social scene to life with engaging stories and articles about the people that get things done in Tampa.
Professional photographers Steve and Nina have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to creating magical photo opportunities. To get a child to smile, for example, Steve will ask him or her to blow a quarter off his forehead; a little game that he finds produces genuine looks of awe. This is just one way the duo behind Fairy Portrait Studio gets children to come out of their shells. They specialize in mystical-themed photo shoots complete with fairy princess and Robin Hood costumes, and an enchanted forest set. As young boys and girls explore the set’s rocks and pond, Steve and Nina are hard at work capturing their sweet moments, which can then be memorialized in large-format portraits.
Canvas Zoo's art wizards approach canvas printing projects with a keen eye for detail honed over 15 years of printing experience. Well-versed in the ins and outs of Photoshop, printers can resize, retouch, stylize, or insert shirtless Fabios into photographs before printing them out on 3/4-inch thick, stretched canvases that are ready for framing or adorning walls in the raw. For more elaborate works, such as photo collages, artists consult closely with customers to ensure eye-pleasing image arrangements.
During the past three years, Florida Center for Creative Photography has held more than 2,000 activities for the members of its Meetup Group. Each month, there are more than 125 events for all levels of photographers—including classes, workshops, photo walks, and more. It's all led by Jeff Donald, who has worked in the photography business since the mid 1970s. He and his team of assistant organizers keep busy arranging everything from free live webinar series to daylong digital-photography boot camps. In addition, they cover techniques ranging from DSLR camerawork to using smartphones for better snapshots of presidents as they walk by. They also demonstrate their commitment to customers by offering students the opportunity to repeat classes free of charge until they grasp the material.
An enlargement is an ideal gift for a wedding, anniversary, or any celebration for which the memory is that much clearer in football-field size. Blow up your fantastic driver's license photo to an 8 x 11 for $57 or get the secret microfilm anti-shrunk to a much more manageable 11 x 11 for $72. You can swell photos to a maximum of 50 x 60 in order to wave down rescue helicopters with those amazing before-and-after weight-loss snapshots. You can also order custom sizes; prices vary.
Anna Faiola Productions' photographers and videographers could document a person's entire life. During on-location sessions, they snap photos of expectant mothers, newborns, kids, high-school seniors, and entire families. The staff even documents happy couples through engagement photos, captures every important moment at weddings, and snags celebratory shots at anniversaries.