Dennis Mock's self-proclaimed spontaneity and documentary spirit have earned him dozens of local and national awards from photographers associations and national camera companies. His background in sports photography allows him to capture split-second moments of joy or truly spectacular action passes of familial play, and his experience in architectural photography gives him a natural sense of composition—whether he’s at parks, beaches, or shooting a newborn session in his professionally lit studio. Before each shoot, he discusses costuming and venue choice with clients to decide how and where to best capture the earnest smiles of graduates and high school seniors, the savvy stare during business head shots, the doting looks of parents, the proud family and kid moments, and the uninterested glances of celebrity trees. When he's not out taking photos, Dennis is busy helping others hone their composition and lighting skills during photography workshops that cover everything from camera functions to digital editing and the importance of storytelling.
Spotlight Studios might as well be the Justice League of the photography business. After three years of running the business solo, fashion specialist Kyla sent out the call for seasoned shutterbugs. She was answered by Kristina and Joanna, who now contribute to the creative melting pot. Kyla brings expertise from her studies in fashion photography, during which she mentored under the renowned Roxanne Lowit. Graphic designer Kristina embraces whimsy, comedy, and the surreal in her editorial features. Joanna projects her passion for art through creative, memorable portraits.
The photographers bring their talent to shoots for weddings, family portraits, newborns, and modeling portfolios. They welcome clients into a sunlit studio or travel to scenic locales, including La Jolla Cove and Balboa Park. The ladies also take sultry snapshots for boudoir compilations, framing subjects against sunlit sheets, posh Victorian wallpaper, and gritty urban backgrounds.
After receiving a Professional Certificate in Photography from UC San Diego Extension, Joshua Killeen wasted no time applying his artistic eye to a variety of photography situations. Through his company, Photography by Joshua Killeen, he captures subjects in a variety of environments, including portrait sessions, wedding photography, and on-location shoots. Along with specializing in product photography and headshots, Joshua is also a professional instructor, and he often leads workshops that photograph locations such as Centennial Park on Coronado Island.