Diana Pieper doesn't just strive for technically sound pictures—ones that exhibit artful balance, composition, and lighting—she wants her photos to go beyond the standard to say something meaningful about the people photographed. Before and during shoots, Diana gets to get to know her clients so that, as she looks into the lens, she can work to showcase elements of their personality. This same approach drives all of her work, from photo shoots with toddlers to high school senior photos to wedding ceremonies.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
With experience as a commercial photographer and digital-imaging specialist, Judy Reinford photographs kids, seniors, families, and pets. Judy accommodates clients by holding shoots at a preferred outdoor locale, allowing subjects to swap outfits in between posturing and grinning. Proofs are reviewed in a one-on-one meeting with Judy, and customers decide which digitally enhanced shots might best befit Judy’s selection of variously sized prints, mounted prints, digital images on CD, and canvas wraps. Judy can also create custom holiday cards for clientele celebrating the winter holidays or other special occasions.
Kelsey Lynn was never an avid photographer, but that all changed when her niece, Desiree, was born. Suddenly Kelsey was spending hours behind the lens, documenting the child's every yawn and giggle. At Kelsey Lynn Photography, she channels the passion she felt for her first model during sessions with expectant moms, kids, and families. Rather than a studio, Kelsey prefers to snap her shots outdoors, capturing images that range from formally posed kin to candid shots of children at play.
Although Sunshine Spirit owner Denise Dougherty’s father gave her her first 35mm camera more than 20 years ago—a gift she has kept to this day—her photography career didn’t jump-start until she started taking pictures of her own children years later. These keepsake shots of her youngsters sparked other parents’ interest in her portraiture, and soon she was busy photographing newborns, youngsters, and families.
Today, Denise has broadened her expertise to also shoot weddings and orchestrate sultry boudoir shoots. Whatever style she shoots in, her images center on flattering poses and artful lighting, which she uses to enhance the scene rather than to give chandeliers inferiority complexes. To stay abreast of the latest technology and trends, she enhances her education with a steady stream of seminars.
Elegant Engagements can furnish weddings and other events with DJ services, photo-booth rentals, and custom backdrops to capture the night's timeless memories. Professional DJ and emcee services set the soundtrack to the night, energizing guests and encouraging dancing. Photo booths are manned by an onsite attendant to ensure smooth operation, and are equipped with fun props for guests to wear. Step and repeat backdrops bring the red carpet to any occasion, and custom backdrops commemorate a wedding couple or a corporate eating-contest champion. Their newest offering, #SocialBooth, allows anyone to use their cellphones as a virtual photo booth and simultaneously share pictures on social media and print them immediately at an on-site kiosk.