Wedding parties. Families. Graduating seniors. These are just a few of the subjects that attract the lenses of Classic Image Photography's resident artists. After free consultations, photographer Nicole Waldron and videographer Mike Trentacosti capture still and moving images with a combination of photojournalistic, traditional, and artistic styles. They then edit video and transform images into everything from custom storybook albums to metal prints.
When not at the studio, Ms. Waldron and Mr. Trentacosti hone their skills by snapping photos all over the country. In fact, customers can purchase some of Ms. Waldron's favorite images from her travels, such as the back roads of Utah or the spaghetti mountains of Colorado.
Joseph, the award-winning photographer behind Derby Photography, draws upon a range of aesthetic styles when taking pictures, from the realistic bent of photojournalism to the pristine composition of classic European portraiture and fine art. For more than 20 years, Joseph has captured high-school seniors, kids, families, and engaged couples in of-the-moment poses that represent his subjects’ personalities. Clients can flash a grin at a location of their choosing, or opt for the expansive confines of Derby Photography’s studio or Derby Portrait Park’s more than 3 acres of land. In addition to portrait sessions, Joseph also extends his services to weddings, modeling portfolios, headshots, and professional events such as auctions and charity benefits.
Welcoming a new child. Graduating from high school. Walking down the isle. Husband and wife Eric and Lynda Kelley harness more than 10 years of photography expertise as they capture these lifetime events. Their eye-level and high-angle shots capture posed subjects in color and black and white, highlighting the joy of a toddler as he plays with toys against a studio backdrop, or the bliss of an expectant couple silhouetted against an orange sunset.
At weddings, the duo take pictures from the moment the bride and groom leave for the aisle all the way to the reception, never stopping until newlyweds are satisfied with the coverage or everybody realizes the maid of honor has eloped with the cake. Afterward, Eric and Lynda grant couples full printing rights, assemble every picture onto a disc, and host wedding day images in an online gallery for 270 days.
Thirty or so Haitian children stand in rows behind a man holding an acoustic guitar, their faces registering either uncertainty or expectation. It's an intriguing scene, and it's also proof that even when Andrea Watt is producing travel photography, she finds herself drawn to human subjects. This fascination is borne out by the rest of her portfolio, which consists of heavy doses of infancy pics, senior portraits, and family photos. Andrea likes to take these portraits on-location because it can help clients get into the right mindset—sometimes a toddler just feels more comfortable in her own playroom and a couple feels warmer toward each other in front of the first tree they carved the chemical symbol for manganese into.
At seven locations throughout Chicagoland and northwest Indiana and several international sister sites, Eivan’s photographers and videographers preserve memories with a fusion of traditional, photojournalistic, and candid styles. The company's photographers capture family and engagement portraits and have earned recognition for their personalized touch at weddings.
They took home a win in the photography category of TheKnot.com's Best of Weddings competition in 2011 and 2012 and earned one of WeddingWire's 2012 Bride's Choice Awards. A crew of professional cinematographers records the details of the big day, adding soundtracks and special effects. With color-correction technology, the filmmakers can brighten up dark footage or blot the red out of the bride's cheeks during the maid of honor's toast.
Eric Rice, the shutterbug behind Eric Rice Photography, has a BFA in photography and more than 30 years of experience as a freelance photographer. He draws on those assets to capture memories and transfer them to DVD slideshows, photo albums, prints, and other media. He and his team provide services ranging from wedding coverage with multiple photographers, to boudoir-style sessions, to quick senior-portrait photo shoots. To stay knowledgeable about the latest trends and technological developments in the photography world, Eric subscribes to monthly publications and regularly attends seminars.
Professional shutterbug Shannon Jacobs captures the culmination of formative high-school experiences through senior portraits. She strives to create personality-rich images that celebrate students' accomplishments by filling each frame with personal belongings, unique settings, and invisible friends who’ve been there since the beginning. To that end, she offers packages that include both studio sessions and on-location shoots as well as prints and digital files. When not taking photos herself, Shannon leads learners through the technical aspects of photography during workshops, allowing parents to capture kids in spontaneous moments and flattering light.