Lakewood Photography's first flashbulbs popped in 1985, when Don and Mary Carico founded their studio. During the 27 years since, the snap shooters have surrounded themselves with a keen-eyed staff that artfully captures passing moments in time. They aim their lenses upon children, high-school seniors, families, and wedding groups weekly. Mary—endowed with digital magic—also puts her photography know-how to use retouching aging pictures. The studio also provides custom framing options, photo jewelry, and custom invitations, which allow party hosts to contact guests far more tastefully than writing impersonal emails or leaving way-too-personal scrawls on their glass shower doors.
Alfonso Ayala, who's been snapping photos for more than a decade and has professional graphic-design experience, loves to capture life's happiest moments, which is why he specializes in wedding and family photography. He also loves the technical aspect of photography and spends his free time experimenting with lights, equipment, and accessories, such as lens toupees, to figure out what steps he needs to take to capture the best image. Artful close-ups, classic portraits, and candid kisses pepper his portfolio, which represents a range of wedding vignettes.
Le Zu Photography is the brainchild of five-year veteran Layla, who uses natural light to capture fresh, artistic shots. Whether focusing her lens on fashion, portrait, or event photography, she pays close attention to clients’ needs to produce images they’ll treasure for a lifetime. Layla travels all over the Houston area for on-location shoots, and hand delivers prints in a custom packaged box.
Over his 25-year career in snapshottery, Jimmy Loyd has accumulated an impressive list of skills as freelance photojournalist for the Houston Chronicle, portraitist, and studio owner. An early adapter to the digital-camera revolution, he can capture digital or analog family portraits, professional headshots, and in-the-moment sports images with ease. Loyd also employs his expertise in intermittently scheduled classes and photo tours, which might occur on-location at the Houston Zoo or, for more candid shots, out in the wilderness where animals don't have access to stylists.
Every time photographer Kimberli Smith snaps a photo, her inner perfectionist comes out and carefully preserves something that would otherwise fade away. Voted favorite portrait photographer for three years in a row by readers of the Baytown Sun, Kim's experience and skill have earned her a membership with both the Professional Photographers of America and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She also draws on the knowledge she gained from her psychology degree while working with children, pets, and fussy psychotherapists.
After traveling from the end of the rainbow to the tip of the North Pole, Easter's original hippity-hoppity star is now claiming seasonal residence at your local mall or town center. As both an adorable and educational animal, the bunny associated with Easter will be helping kids get into the spirit of egg-hunting by teaming up with professional photographers who know how to coax giggle-laden smiles out of any bundle of joy. Children can pose with the gregarious giant, embracing fluff-filled hugs, and then later enjoy their shared moments by flipping through their tangible, printed portraits and by fluttering their eyelids at their vibrant, digitally arrested stills.