While Dave Updike's passion for photography isn't surprising—his grandfather and father both owned photography studios—Jacques Nell only fell for the art form in his 20s after taking some formal classes. Dave's more than 35 years of experience and Jacques' passion for portraiture form the current backbone of JayLynn Studios, a studio in business since 1906. In addition to Dave and Jacques' pictorial expertise, JayLynn Studios' partnership with CoverLook—represented for the last 20 years by certified makeover maiden Cynthia Kimball—beautifies clientele for in-studio or on-location shoots. Specialists hand finish each print package for families, high-school seniors, weddings, or businesses with precise retouching, finishing, and gentle caressing of printed images.
Mike Olson blossomed early. After first taking a shine to photography at age 12, he was already snapping shots of weddings and senior portraits in five states while he was still a teenager. Mike hasn't slowed down in the years since, serving as photographic supervisor at the inauguration of President George Bush, framing famed personage such as Donny and Marie Osmond, and running two photography studios. These days, Mike captures images of weddings, families, and children during on-location or in-studio sessions. Newlyweds can preserve their pictures with custom albums or high-resolution files, while portraiture patrons can print shots on artistic canvases or paste them onto the spare Picasso canvases moldering in the crawlspace.
Photographer Jenn Sparks couldn't pick a more fitting name for her business, Sparks of Life Photography. That's because the shutterbug of nearly a decade snaps photos of all aspects of life, from a smile shared between newlyweds to the night sky above a sprawling canyon. Her specialty—family and lifestyle portraits—is apropos given her penchant for capturing moments and her personable approach to her subjects. In addition to working with people, Jenn's adept with inanimate objects, frequently designing ads and building websites for local businesses.
A blossoming cherry tree casts its shade over a bride and her bouquet. A couple kisses in front of a tiered fountain. A wife calls down to her husband from her balcony in a tableau that evokes Romeo and Juliet. The team at Bellissima Images specializes in enchanting snapshots just like these, traveling to locations throughout the city to host engagement, wedding, and bridal photo shoots. With their clients’ ideas in mind, the photographers call upon more than 15 years of experience as they orchestrate romantic scenes and capture them with professional equipment. Bellissima Images releases all copyrights of its snapshots to clients, allowing them to freely post the pictures online or on coffeeshop bulletin boards.
The Salt Lake Film Society promotes diverse, thoughtful film exhibition and supports film creation. It operates and maintains the historic Tower Theatre and Broadway Centre Cinemas, using those venues to screen artistic, American-independent, and foreign-language films, as well as to host events and programs that enrich the community. A yearlong membership to the SLFS at the Super 8 level provides numerous benefits, including two complimentary film admissions, four discount admissions, two free Tower video rentals, an SLFS T-shirt, priority purchase privileges for events, free admission to six annual members-only sneak peek screenings, and more.