As a teenager, Lyndsay Lyon surrounded herself with photographs: clippings from magazines covered her room, schoolbooks, binders, and lockers. It wasn't until after high school, however, that Lyndsay tried creating her own. Like her favorite photos from her youth, Lyndsay's work relies heavily on natural light, which illuminates the engaged or newlywed couples fitted into her frame. She mixes playful poses and emotional candid shots at every on-location session, which results in images she edits and assembles onto CDs.
On a 10-acre swatch of picturesque land, experienced photographer Rolland Krueger plans, poses, and snaps pictures, capturing key moments for couples and families. With nearly 50 years of experience as a portrait ace, Krueger wields his camera confidently, assuring subjects that if they do not enjoy the photographs, he will either take more at no extra charge or turn himself into a monkey's uncle. Each one-hour photography session at the indoor-outdoor studio is preceded by a planning session, during which an unlimited number of smiley subjects can discuss wardrobe and style preferences. Following shoots, Krueger lightly retouches photographs to prepare them for printing. Subjects choose the photographs they'd like to receive in hardcopy ($125 for first 8"x10" or smaller; $89 for duplicates of same pose) and represent them in Congress.
Few can say they've walked among fairies and mermaids but Elma does it every day—and she has the pictures to prove it. As the shutterbug behind Enchanted Fairytale Portraits, she outfits children with iridescent wings, gossamer fins, and tri-corner caps so they can transform into fairies, mermaids, and pirates.
Elma also brings enchantment to those on the verge of adulthood. She does this by dressing young ladies with fairy wings and lavish gowns to celebrate their quinceaneras, creating elegant portraits that can be kept as mementos, sent as party invitations, or buried under the garage. During the Christmas season, Elma snaps family photos and she can enhance just about any image with digital stars, sparkles, and fairy dust after photo shoots.
For many Americans traveling abroad, Europe's centuries-old charm sparks feelings of love. That’s what happened for Carissa Hoopes, and while she didn’t fall for a mustachioed bread maker, it was during a trek across the pond where her passion for photography solidified. After returning home, Carissa was inspired to pursue a professional career, first learning under other commercial and wedding snappers, and eventually opening a business with her husband, Chris. As he manages the production and design details, Carissa takes the creative lead, capturing the tender, genuine, and naturally funny moments clients have when they aren't aware they’re in her camera’s viewfinder.