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.
The shutterbugs at Empire Productionss craft lasting memories with fun and innovative photographic forays. A helpful crew sets up and staffs photo booths to entertain guests at celebratory gatherings with interactive distractions. The expansive, curtain-free lounge stocks a variety of props so up to 18 friends or first-grade music teachers can comfortably mug for the camera at once. Stills then shoot out on the spot for subjects to collect or give away to potential suitors. Within a day of the convocation, Empire Productions uploads snapshots to a password-protected online gallery, and hosts receive a compact disc loaded with the same photos.
While teaching art in Kansas in 2008, Amber Lawson began to seriously pursue her passion for photography. After moving to Sioux Falls two years later, she continued to hone her skills behind the lens. Her on-location, primarily outdoor portraiture sessions capture the distinctive personalities of families, kids, high-school seniors, and pets in posed and candid moments. She also lends her photographic expertise to capturing special moments in customers’ lives, such as weddings, engagements, and sending the family dog off to college.
For her successes, Crave Photography's Ashley Horton credits one constant: passion. Ashley's desire to capture everyday emotions–mischief, curiosity, wonder–shines through during her shoots, where she relies mostly on natural light to illuminate the faces and expressions of her subjects. Ashley also backs each session with years of experience, during which she's documented a mélange of milestones including engagements, weddings, newborns, and graduations.
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).
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.