After receiving her degree in photography and graphic design, Kelly Powell traveled the world in search of frank, heartfelt images—a journey that took her from historic Italian villages to the war-torn plains of Africa. The owner and head photographer of Elements Studio Photography channels these experiences into her camera work, which blends candid shots with traditional portraits and oversized thought bubbles to convey the true emotions of the day. She and fellow shutterbug Rainey Rinaldi specialize in boudoir, portrait, and event photography, with a particular passion for unconventional weddings.
Chris Bendet's photographic methods mash classic melodrama, of-the-moment photojournalism, and modern portraiture to preserve moments that caputure genuine relationships and pure emotions. For one to two hours, cameras catch the countenance of you and up to 49 of your progeny and pets, perfect for capturing large family gatherings or couples portraits with an eccentric backdrop of 48 yowling coyotes. Depending on the specifics of your desired shoot, Bendet photography will shoot your session at either their charming Red House Studio ($100) or on-site in a location determined upon consultation ($150). Post-session, three of your images are made into physical prints (up to 8”x10”, $60) and a montage of your photo session and images are collected on a DVD ($200), providing a digital repository for posting your portraiture online or sharing through email, social media sites, or ecarrier pigeons. Should your images require further familiar distribution, Groupon holders will receive a 10% discount on additional prints.
A newborn being cradled in his parents’ hands. A newly engaged couple nuzzling together. A family wrestling a Burmese python for their most recent family portrait. These are the moments that the photographers at Abundant Moments Photography strive to capture during their in-studio and on-location photo shoots. Less concerned with poses and more concerned with spontaneous actions, they keep their cameras focused on babies, seniors, families, and brides and grooms. The resulting photos can be shared online, printed, arranged into a collage, or superimposed on accessories such as bags and jewelry.
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.