Terry Bratton's photography business had an unassuming start in 1988: as a college student, he snapped Polaroids of his classmates, charging them $1 to take them home. Since then, Bratton has certainly added more skills to his portfolio. He specializes in event and portrait photography and counts authors, models, fashion and jewelry designers, and choreographers among his many clients.
Marvelous Light Studios staff specializes in capturing more than what meets the eye—love and hope, for example, during an engagement session set in a park, or the sense of accomplishment radiating from a senior portrait. Even the titles of the studio's photo packages imply that photography can go beyond the visual. Family photo shoots are part of "The Heritage" sessions, whereas "The Legacy" package showcases an individual's unique character and talents.
Having been behind the lens for more than 28 years, Marvelous Light Studio's photographers have mastered the art of both indoor and outdoor photography. Services range from capturing and editing actor's headshots in the studio to documenting weddings and other parties in a photojournalistic style. This approach encourages natural candid moments and brings emotion to the final, retouched print. The studio can also photograph children, expectant mothers, and couples in their prom attire, who can use the pictures as a better keepsake than a clown-corsage that sprays water at their date.
FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and with the 30-day design guarantee, clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' décor. FastFrame also offers a lifetime craftmanship guarantee.
Photographer Kristy Mone’ takes a special interest in light—how it can set a mood, play across a face, and create pocket s of shadow. She applies her lighting expertise to a variety of shoots, using her Nikon camera to photograph engaged couples, smiling families, and models donning hot new trends. She also shoots musicians as they light up a stage or give their instruments pep talks in the green room.
Since emerging from the static in 1985, Video Impact has evolved step for step with technology to help customers haul their memories safely into the future. Equipped with the latest in professional editing software, the company's savvy techs produce high-quality transfers, including VHS and photos, to DVD. From corporate training videos to home videos chronicling the time-lapse blossoming of a plastic houseplant, clients preserve their onscreen moments and even add special effects, layering, and moving graphics to final productions. Video Impact's repertoire of memory-saving services expands into the audible realm, as the tunes from vinyl records and cassette tapes can be moved to CDs while retaining the appeal of their glow in a groovy black light.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.