For the past 28 years, Kelly Wheeler has wrangled feisty families into character-capturing images, using his studio's expansive outdoor area and well-appointed interior as a backdrop. Kelly begins with a prephoto consultation to learn about his customers’ lifestyles and desires so that photos can represent interests such as playing outdoors, spending time together, or competitive smiling. Photographees then arrange a time and location for their family photo shoot, holding pretty poses at Kelly's studio or allowing Photoz by Kelly to travel within the Reno-Tahoe area to shoot on-location or at the family home (a $150 value).
Professional shutterbug Ken Lewis asked for his first camera when he was just 8 years old. Since then, Lewis has been snapping images everywhere he goes, from documenting weddings while in high school to acting as the unit photographer during his time in the Marines.
At his eponymous studio, Lewis captures unique family dynamics, the grins of graduating seniors, and the adorable antics of pooches. He is also in his element snapping pictures in nature, capturing children frolicking in the grass or affianced couples strolling on a beach or a fire anthill. Lewis still chronicles weddings but has progressed from just taking pictures to using both his camera and a video camera.
Aspen. Lake Tahoe. Hawaii. Vacation destinations for many, these scenic spots are places that photographer R.L. Valentine can call home. Valentine uses the natural beauty of these places as inspiration for her photography. She specializes in catching natural moments that capture each subject's personality during portrait sessions for engagement or senior photos, families, couples, kids, and pets, such as pooches and ponies. Valentine also snaps nature landscapes as well as special events, such as weddings and sports.
Some photographers love taking landscape shots, and others aim their lenses at animals. But Jerrine Plunket’s passion is people. Whether she’s documenting a wedding, getting whole families together for group shots, or crouching down to meet kids at their level, she has a knack for capturing her subjects’ personalities in each shot. She manages to capture both romance and playfulness during engagement shoots, and she’s also available for maternity and boudoir sessions.
Courtney Dyer Photography's shutterbugs are multitalented: they can capture memories at weddings, snap flattering senior portraits, or preserve an infant's precious facial expressions for posterity. After photo shoots, clients can choose the form their photos will take; they can be arranged in albums, printed onto invitation cards, or transferred onto artistic wrapped canvases.
Brooke Morgan Westlake made her foray into photography during high school, when she diligently studied the craft by taking as many classes as her schedule could handle. After graduation, she spent most of her time on the other side of the camera, learning how to strike the ideal pose for any situation as a model and beauty-pageant contestant.
Today, she draws on 18 years of experience to capture memories with current technology and trends, adding each new photographic specimen to her portfolio. She illumines boudoir, engagement, and wedding photos by ramping up the exposure and color saturation, which lends Pre-Raphaelite detail and enchantment to each image. For portraits, she employs the same technique but also dabbles in the other extreme, swapping vibrant colors for desaturated tones that seem to look back through the mists of time. Brooke also accents black-and-white photos with pops of color and subdues child portraits with a pastel, daydream-infused palette.