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Photographer Stuart Townsley uses a trained eye and high-tech equipment to capture memories into frameworthy prints and digital art, using 10 of LA's most attractive landmarks as backdrops. The famed local sites where he sets up camp—such as the roaring Pacific Ocean under Santa Monica Pier or the 1930s architecture and picturesque fountain of Union Station—elegantly complement subjects' smiling visages. His shutter snaps hundreds of times during each photo shoot, immortalizing the faces, poses, and secret handshakes of families and well-behaved pets. Well-versed in state-of-the-art retouching gear, Stuart unfurls his astutely edited creations onto glossy prints, canvases, and online albums.

Stuart's advice on what to wear and bring to shoots, garnered through 12 years of professional experience, conveniently resides online to aid in the selection of appropriate outfits for every mother, father, child, or hamster.

840 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Romeo and Kimberly Rider, the husband-and-wife team behind Skyrider Photography, shoot the vast majority of their photos using natural light. Whether outdoors or in their studio, the duo harnesses the sun's natural power to create images for everything from advertisements to vintage art. But with the rise of social media and the decreasing popularity of sculpted busts, much of the Riders' work now centers on headshot photography. They work with clients to select wardrobe pieces that blend color and texture, crafting images that will showcase personality to casting agents, bolster a website's "about me" section, or delight estranged third-grade classmates on Facebook.

1432 Stanford Street
Santa Monica,
CA
US

With more than 25 years in business, Photography & Video By Zarek's photos capture the emotion of events ranging from weddings and bar mitzvahs as well as portraits, headshots, pregnancy photos, and family, individual and business photography. Zarek's clients include well-known companies such as Anheuser-Busch and GE, Angelino Magazine, The Sherman Oaks Galleria, Westfield Fashion Square Mall, the President of Angola Africa, Prince Charles, and other celebrities.

5823 Vesper Ave
Van Nuys,
CA
US

Yuen Lui Studio has been creating photographic heirlooms since time began in 1947. During the photo session ($25 for one person, $30 for up to eight), models can surrender their souls to the camera indoors at Yuen Lui's studio or let nature provide the backdrop at a choice of 11 outdoor beach locales. After flashing their way through a set of expressions, customers should have enough data to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging on the wall for the past 600 years. As proof that the photo shoot actually happened, Yuen Lui Studio will transform a single pose into one 8”x10” print ($79), two 3”x5” prints ($36 for the first, $30 for the second), eight wallet-sized prints ($33 for the first four, $27 for the rest), and a disc that holds the pose as a digital prisoner ($250).

2701 Barnard Way
Santa Monica,
CA
US

At Headshots by Rachael & Jo, hairstylist Rachael Joy and photographer Joanne Garcia work together to produce professional photos for working actors, individuals, and families during fun and creative photo shoots. Rachael enhances subjects’ features with artful makeup, and utilizes hairstyling techniques honed during her continuing education to create flattering hairdos. Photographer Joanne Garcia steps in next, snapping flattering shots of her subjects in sunlit settings, which she tailors to her client's personal aesthetics and fear of trees or flowers detailed in pre-shoot consultations.

320 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

The bright California sun suffuses the pictures in Hayley Williams's portfolio, showcasing the photographer's knack for harnessing natural light to make her pictures pop. Amid this sun-drenched background, her clients—whether celebrating a wedding, posing for a family portrait, or commemorating a recent engagement—take on a sprightly air, adding vivaciousness to their poses. To make sure her clients receive the keepsakes they desire, Hayley collaborates with them before their session to talk potential photo opportunities.

947 19th Street
Santa Monica,
CA
US