MPC Models works to attract, manage, and prepare potential talent for the modeling world. A staff of knowledgeable photographers sets up in-studio photo-sessions for new models so that they might gain first-hand studio experience and develop signature styles and looks, aided by the support of make-up artists and wardrobe stylists. The shutterbugs also snap headshots, providing those in the corporate, realty, or acting world with relatable portraits to send to clients and agents, or to tape to their faces in the event of a bad hair day. Outside of its modeling forte, the studio also captures shots of families and pets during more low-key photo shoots.
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).
Each of Angela Clifton Photography's sessions begins with a phone consultation, during which photographer and customer work together to plan photo shoots that focus on everything from babies to entire families and pets. Forgoing the confines of a studio, staff shutterbugs travel to locations that best capture each subject's personality. They may photograph couples posing at sunset along a beach, or a newborn first learning to photosynthesize beneath the natural light of the sun. After sessions, the crew retouches images and uploads photographs to an online gallery for customers to peruse.
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.
Big Frog transfers custom and premade designs onto everything from garments and golf towels to mouse pads and flags. Jumpstart a stalled imagination machine by consulting sundry design ideas, graphic designers on staff, and a range of clothing styles. Print a picture of your favorite ex-attorney general onto a white cotton T-shirt ($15.99–$18.99 in S-3XL) or colored jersey polo ($20.99–$23.99 in S-3XL), or label identical twins with two colored onesies for infants ($16.99 each). The shop also stocks illustratable knickknacks such as coasters ($23.99/four), 110-piece puzzles ($15.39), and car flags ($16.49, pole included).
For more than a decade, John Paul Kindig has snapped portraits, averaging more than 300 assignments annually in recent years. His striking, traditional compositions—for couples, families, and corporate clients—capture minute detail in his subjects and their surroundings. He travels throughout Pinellas County to offer scenic on-location shoots at beaches, parks, and atop abandoned spaceships that have crash-landed on Earth. After shoots wind down, clients can elect to purchase prints or a DVD containing high-definition images.
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.