Bill Artman has trained his lenses on weddings, families, and special events for more than 40 years, turning precious moments into priceless heirlooms. His commitment to uncovering the innate beauty and expression of his subjects has garnered him the Stern award, the highest prize given by the Professional Photographer’s Association of Greater Kansas City, of which he is a past president. A naturally fast runner, Bill will travel up to 10 miles from his studio to snap location shots amid verdant grounds and scenic bridges. He also welcomes subjects into his studio to pose before backdrops of various themes, colors, and textures.
In his 20-plus years as a professional photographer, Nathan R. Cailleach has seen the industry transition from a film medium to a digital one, and he understands that clients often prefer one or the other. That's why he works with both, conducting sessions that result in glossy digital images or hand-printed black-and-white archival prints. Said sessions accommodate everyone from families and high school seniors to engaged couples and boudoir models, whom Nathan photographs both on-location or in his studio. What's more, he can also arrange for an in-studio makeup artist for headshot sessions, which can help aspiring actors build a professional resume or get into character for an upcoming role as "photo shoot subject no.4".
The first photograph taken at DeCloud Studios was in 1928, and the studio has since become highly versatile ? their team of photographers can capture high school seniors, children, families, wedding parties, or virtually any group that hasn't developed an allergy to smiling. Sessions aren't bound to a single location, either. Groups can pose within multiple studio rooms, or travel to outdoor locations such as Loose Park and West Bottoms. Once at the chosen area, the photographers might set up poses or simply let natural moments unfold, putting their subjects at ease and encouraging them to play with props . Afterwards, DeCloud Studios' staff can retouch images, frame them, or transform them into keepsakes such as cards and coffee table books.
After spending 32 years enriching the lives of children as an educator, Dr. Gwen Larson Morris shifted career paths when her passion for photography led her to found Gwen Morris Studio. With an artistic approach that she describes as "painting with light, highlights, and shadows," Morris uses natural elements to create inimitable portraits for her clients, whether she's snapping maternity pictures, senior pictures, or canine law-school-graduation pictures. As comfortable in the classroom as she is behind a camera, Morris leads aspiring photographers and shutterbugs through workshops in the art of memory preservation, helping them grasp the inner workings of their cameras while finding their own photographic style.
Emily of Creative Enterprises masters a range of art forms, from photography and graphic design to music and marketing. She specializes in photo sessions for weddings, couples, kids, and commercial ventures, imbuing each with crisp compositions through her fine art approach to photography. Through graphic design she can craft business cards, letterheads, and yard signs, and her marketing skills extend to maintaining company blogs and social media. Website designing, branding, and print marketing are also within her realm of expertise.
Donning Viking hats and oversize sunglasses, partygoers charge into the spacious confines of Booth Crazy's modern photo booths, which eschew the trappings and restrictions of retro nostalgia. Up to 10 prop-clad guests pile in front of the camera at once, making the booths ideal for capturing memories of extended families or duels between two classical quintets. A friendly photographic host sets up and maintains the booth throughout each event, helping attendees compose and create 4"x6" prints or 2"x6" strips, which can be emblazoned with custom designs. Cameras snap unlimited pictures, with their collected images uploaded to the Internet and flash drives for later perusal, printing, and sharing.