Tabitha Jennings snaps a mix of candid and premeditated poses during studio shoots or, her specialty, on-location shoots flooded with natural light. Tabitha encourages movement and playfulness in her subjects as she captures them interacting with their indoor or outdoor environment. Stately wedding photographs and saucy boudoir shots alike poignantly reveal their subjects' personalities, compelling features, and movie-rental histories. Professional editing and printing options make for impeccable presentation.
From her years spent in the U.S. Army to the harrowing birth of her daughter, many life-changing events have left an indelible mark on the way Amber Fite views time. As a professional, licensed photographer, Amber works tirelessly to stop time in its tracks, celebrating milestones and memories on digital film before they’re gone. While the camera is Amber’s medium, natural light is her muse, and she moves seamlessly from outdoor landscape to landscape, snapping natural poses between mother and child, man and wife, and beagle and bacon. Amber’s easygoing manner helps subjects feel at ease during the shoot, while her regular practice of hand-delivering prints to local clients after the shoot reinforces her commitment to her clients and her refusal to play into the postal service’s propaganda.
In Kim Crenshaw Photography’s onsite garden, a swing hangs from a jasmine-wreathed arbor, frog-inhabited lily pads carpet a pond, and a 1946 Chevrolet Stylemaster waits for models to lean against its fenders. The garden abuts the old farmhouse that houses Crenshaw’s equally scenic studio, with a wall of antique stained-glass panels and a design that captures streams of sunlight throughout the day. Crenshaw devoted her first decade behind the camera to natural-light photography, and custom renovated her current studio-garden complex to ensure she could still practice her specialty.
Now a 25-year veteran of the photography scene, Crenshaw continues to draw on the fundamentals she learned when earning her BFA in graphic design and photography. This fine-arts background deters her from trendy shots of subjects spelling out the day's headlines in semaphore signals; instead, she strives to capture timeless beauty in her portraits of families, kids, and bridal parties. Subjects can discuss options and expectations with Crenshaw during free preshoot consultations, and select their favorite shots during postshoot slideshow viewings. The studio’s frame shop can border prints—or painted portraits modeled after prints—in a diverse array of frames.
Colors ’n’ Clay houses hundreds of paintable pottery pieces in a large, kid-friendly studio in which budding artists convene to decorate dinnerware or splash color onto seasonally themed figurines. Children and adults alike can gather around the white tile-inlaid craft table to nourish their imaginations with the irresistible draw of a blank ceramic canvas and a vibrant kaleidoscope of paints.
LeadHead's sketch artist finds the power of the pencil to be boundless. She wields this power adeptly, using only lead-headed tools to craft hand-drawn black-and-white portraits rendered from photos. To ensure the ideal portrait, the artist consults with clients and offers advice on which kinds of photos translate best to penciled likenesses. Then the drawing commences, yielding portraits in sizes ranging between 8"x10" and 18"x24".
In the rural community where photographer Rusty Worden grew up, locals were fond of urging one another to "cowboy up." Ever the sparkplug, Worden coined the phrase "rocker down" as a light-hearted way of expressing his own individuality. He lent the name to his business, RockerDown Studios, where he works to channel that same independent spirit into helping clients express themselves during in-studio and on-location photo shoots.
RockerDown Studios boasts a 1,500-square-foot space, complete with sets, props, and backdrops that add life to family portraits, maternity photos, and graduation pictures. Worden also packs up his kit and travels to wedding ceremonies in order to shoot video footage and snap candid photos of the bride, groom, and guests during the festivities. He also offers design service for businesses and extends some co-op studio time to photographers in need of space and chameleons that like basking on green screens.