Maria Santini—the eye behind Maria Santini Photography—runs a slim operation, just her and her digital camera. Maria doesn’t need the traditional trappings of photography, like a darkroom, and she prefers natural sun to the canned lights of a studio. She travels to meet her clients at their ideal backdrops, from their own back yard or a sprawling park to a favorite slice of cityscape. Maria snaps pictures of children and families, retouching images on her computer to banish redeye and smooth skin. She delivers the final pictures on CD, empowering her customers to print endless copies at their leisure.
Brandi Mignard loves getting in quality family time—it's just not always with her own family. A practitioner of casual, classic portraiture, she spends her working hours snapping photos of babies, kids, families, and high school seniors, specializing particularly in appeasing little ones long enough to capture their radiant smiles. Brandi transforms the captured pixels of each image into prints, available on classic texture paper or as a textured canvas print.
Tell us about your business.
One Love and Little One Love Photography is honestly just an extension of my love for life, love, and all of the people in it. I remember when I was young I loved looking back on the pictures of my grandparents' wedding, or my parents in college, or me as a baby! I . . . decided to take my passion . . . and channel it in [such] a way [that] other people can hopefully experience the joy I feel when I see a great photograph.
What makes your business stand out?
As a singer/musician, I've spent a lot of years in front of a camera trying out different things, until I get that perfect shot. I know what it's like to be in photography sessions for hours. I feel like I have a deeper sensitivity for the emotions that go into being a part of a photo shoot, whether it's feeling awkward or just tired! And as far as children go, I understand it's all about patience, patience, patience. Big kids and little kids alike need breaks, and that's ok! I just want to make the best memories we can together, so that one day you'll have priceless images to look back on.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
When people tell me, "All of my family loves the pictures, and I'm telling everyone you took them!" it makes me feel so fulfilled. Everyone knows you're the most honest and real with your family and if they love them, then I'm happy.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
I had one [family] that enlisted my services for their first daughter's twelve month photos. A big one, right? No pressure... Well, after we finished for the day I put together a slide show of our "picks" from the session and played it to "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. Watching the pride on their faces, and the anticipation of showing off their most precious love to everyone they know, brought me the most satisfaction. I think that's what it's all about.
The husband and wife team behind Xena Photography captures life’s precious moments and immortalizes them in the lenses of their cameras. They specialize in wedding photography, eschewing hourly limits to provide the betrothed with all-day packages and all-inclusive prices that cover driving, taxes, editing, and all photography. They also provide family and graduation portrait services and additional photography for any occasion, such as special-event or engagement photos.
Loveless Fine Photography is a Murfreesboro traditon! We specialize in beautiful, timeless family portraits, children's portraits and one of a kind senior portraits! The professional attention to detail, lighting, posing, portrait artwork and finishing mean that your portraits will be treasued heirlooms for years to come!
Photographer Kelly Copeland has transformed the fleeting smiles of new babies, brides, and families into elegant keepsakes since 1989. During the standard in-studio packages, Copeland arranges subjects against one studio background for 45 minutes, where he documents them romping in their cutest duds or squirming awkwardly in a single enormous sweater. Clients then review the haul of grins captured during the shoot, choosing their favorites for production as gift prints ($65–$125) or wall prints ($195+). Each session totals 90 minutes in length.