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.
Owner and Photographer: Ashley Brooks
Camera of Choice: Canon 5D Mark II CMOS digital SLR
Favorite Lens: Canon EF 24?70mm f/2.8L II USM
Software of Choice: Adobe Photoshop CS6 extended edition
Photography Style: Portraiture and photojournalism
Takes Photographs: In studio and on location
Inspiration: Her three children
Favorite Subjects: Kids at play
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Though he’s worked with juggernauts such as Purina, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel, professional shutterbug Don Wright is just as happy to capture images of families, weddings, and historical places. In doing so, he’s able to focus on the storytelling aspect of photography, zooming the lens in on the sweet glances during a married couple’s first dance or using a time-lapse technique to make clusters of stars in the night sky appear to be moving around in circles in an effort to catch each other. To glean a sense of the rich composition of Don’s work, one might look at a cityscape photo of Nashville on his website—red-brick buildings in the foreground contrast with a deep-blue sky, together popping with the electric vividness of police lights.
Photographers Paul and Sheri Bartoszek have a knack for capturing images at exactly the right moment, whether they’re snapping shots of a newly wedded couple slowly waltzing across the dance floor or shooting film of a musician as his fingers fly up and down a guitar amid thousands of screaming fans. No matter if they’re in the Serendipity Studio or the brand-new downtown Nashville studio, the photographers strive to take pictures worthy of placement among their other works, many of which hang in galleries across the United States and Canada. They then develop prints, which can framed or pinned proudly to clothes, and supply clients with high-resolution digital images.
In addition to snapping their own shots, the shutterbugs teach photography classes. Students learn how to operate point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras and how to get the most out of natural or artificial lighting in various indoor and outdoor locations, such as the square in Murfreesboro or a doghouse.