When Olivia Weatherspoon trained as an oil painter, she didn’t just learn how to create eye-catching vignettes, but also how to beautify her subjects. This comprehensive approach now influences her photography business, where her training as a makeup artist helps her enhance features and complexions before she even picks up the camera. Whether in the studio or in sunlit outdoor settings such as docks, beaches, or parks, Weatherspoon strives to capture the best engagement photos and portraits of children or high school–seniors she can. She also helms boudoir shoots and underwater sessions, perfect for those interested in taking unconventional shots or impressing potential suitors on mermen dating sites.
Husband-and-wife photographers Diona and Chris are a perfect pair in more ways than one. Since forming DCWilliams Photography, the two have adopted a team approach to photo shoots, complementing each other’s camera styles and making sure that one-of-a-kind moments don’t go unphotographed.
During nuptial shoots, they split up to collect separate images of each spouse-to-be preparing to walk down the aisle, and at the reception, they track events from two angles with the concentration of seasoned journalists. For portrait sessions with families and youngsters, they stage their subjects against romantic, dreamy outdoor backdrops, such as a woodland clearing, a rustic railroad, or a swirling gateway to the netherworld. Their playful attitudes come across in their children's portraits, as kids carry flowers and smile through empty picture frames. On the other side of the spectrum, they also do boudoir shoots, positioning plush couches and bathtubs on the grass to support subjects’ sensual poses.
As a professional photographer with an artistic flare, Hannah Joy captures fleeting moments, cleans them up, and releases them back into the wild. Her bright demeanor easily elicits big smiles in the Beaches–Jax, Atlantic, Ponte Vedra, San Marco, and downtown Jacksonville areas, all of which are available as beguiling backgrounds by appointment. After the photo shoot is finished, Hannah’s hand-retouching services can help minimize glare, red eye, or unsightly scars earned while battling white whales on the open sea. Smiling subjects also receive a handy USB drive packed with 15–20 optimized images, preserving digital doppelgangers for real-life or online posterity.
Light is important to Diamonds&Desire's photographers. They take an advanced and creative approach to lighting, using strobe lights and modifiers to ensure that they can shoot in any location. Priding themselves on not depending on natural lighting, they can capture dynamic images even in dark bars and the Realm of the Shadow People. They make sure that their photographs are not underexposed or blown out, and can manipulate lights to make the images look stylized or as though they had been taken in natural light. And their main studio, too, is decked out with professional lighting, ready to host commercial shoots, fashion editorials, and client sessions. The skilled photographers deftly illuminate the scene as they snap family portraits, head shots, and sensual boudoir images.
As a child, Courtney Whitehurst kicked off her camera career in front of the lens as her mother took countless photos. Today, with a decade of experience, the skilled and friendly photographer captures and preserves moments within mantel-worthy kodachromes taken on location. The skilled shutterbug tailors each shoot by incorporating personal items, such as baby's first bottle rocket, or suggesting themes to help subjects ease into their memory-making session. Whitehurst spends at least five hours meticulously editing all photos from a shoot and places no limits on the amount of frames she snaps. She feels passionately about giving back to her community, and when she's not crafting crisp, personal images, she's volunteering with a number of local nonprofits.
As a child, Colleen Lawson would get lost in photography books and family photo albums, entranced by the colors, emotions, and stories that each picture tells. That was her first love, her second occurring later in life—babies and kids. Today she combines her loves, specializing in portraits of newborns and children in picturesque outdoor settings such as floral parks or foam-washed beaches. She also applies her skills to couples and family portraiture, as well as photo sessions for moms-to-be.