A bridal party in a sunlit field lofting matching parasols. A group of groomsmen mid-leap. A newlywed couple kissing in the street. These are just some of the sentiment-inducing scenes that photographer Shalista Anderson has choreographed and captured at her eponymous studio. From behind her lens, she artfully snaps an eclectic array of styles, with subject matter ranging from high-school seniors as they contemplate graduation to gals lounging in delicate lingerie for boudoir shoots. During family-portrait sessions, Anderson specializes in engaging newborns and kids with her sunny demeanor, rather than simply bribing them with Monopoly money, resulting in natural-looking photos that bring out their personalities.
In business for more than a century, the family-owned centers specialize in a wide array of photography services. Utilizing the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$29.99) or museum-worthy canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you're at work. Create greeting cards, announcements, and invitations for special events ($0.99 and up), or celebrate any occasion with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$16.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and calendars ($16.99–$29.99). Harold's can also convert VHS to digital form while editing and adding narration, graphic titles, and music with audiovisual artistry ($19.99 and up).
Maas Photo Studio's professional photographers ("soul stealers" in some regional vernacular) are experts at coaxing fussy parents, blasé babies, and scowling high-school seniors into perfectly posed photographic subjects. After your one-hour photo session (up to a $60 value), which can focus on whole families and Lone Rangers alike, choose five of your favorite images to be or not to be digitally edited and burned onto a disc for your keeping (a $100 value). You'll have full rights to print these images as many times as you like. For an extra $100, you can get the remainder of the unedited images on a disc, as well as 25% off on any prints. Extra shoot time will cost $20 per hour.
Andrew Turner discovered a passion for photography during his tenure in the National Guard, where he worked as a public-affairs specialist. He helped and photographed residents of Dakota Dunes during the Missouri River flooding in 2011. He carried his camera to Suriname, South America and Grafenwöhr, Germany. He began to understand the power of photography as a storytelling medium, and, when it was time to embark on a career outside the National Guard, he founded his own studio, Turner Photography. Today, he shoots portraits, engagements, and weddings as the bulk of his business, but also lends his eye to sporting events such as basketball games and figure-skating camps.
Unpredictability is the essence of what makes life exciting, what keeps moments in our head for years, what keeps us yearning to go back to the way things used to be. The beauty of photography is that it is an art, a form of art that touches peoples souls more deeply than music or drawings can.