Art instructors, wedding and fashion photographers, and the paparazzi of the avian world populate the staff at Imagination Digital Art School. Placing working photographers at the helm of every class, the school offers beginners and casual enthusiasts a glimpse at how the pros envision, set up, and carry out the perfect shot. Workshops send students through crash courses on lighting, composition, or the technical aspects of their cameras, and ventures in the field visit scenic locales such as Adventure Aquarium and Barnegat Lighthouse, which sailors have long loved for its flattering lighting.
A boldly shaped beehive of black and blond braids. Cascading blond curls, shaded by a sheer veil. The two hairstyles seem like polar opposites, but the team of stylists and makeup artists at Queens Coiffure were able to expertly craft both for their clients. Helmed by Bethany Bell—whose nickname, “Queen B,” inspired the studio’s name—the team’s services can easily prepare a bride for her wedding day or a model for an avant-garde fashion shoot. The stylists complement their custom hairdos and extensions with hairstyling lessons, which teach patrons that a braid is not just one massive, neglected split end. Meanwhile, their spray tans, eyelash tints, and meticulous manicures enhance features for any occasion.
FotoBridge.com offers a convenient way to preserve aging photographs in a permanent digital format with a simple three-step process. The 250-print package allows you select up to 250 of your fondest memories and artsy appliance portraits to bundle and send (a $44.95 value, see advice about packaging your photos). The image wizards at FotoBridge.com will swiftly scan your precious images into a secure JPEG format, using Intelligent Digital Finishing technology to enhance color, sharpen contrast, and remove red-eye caused by overly flashy flashes and sporadic demonic possessions. After your snapshots have been scanned and edited, they'll be stored on a handy DVD along with reduced-sized, web-ready files. You'll also receive an extra copy of the disk to give to your family or hang from your rearview mirror as a makeshift disco ball ($6.95). Your photos are safely handled and fully trackable through every step of the process, and free return shipping is included.
Get a picture that will forever preserve your nubile physique and uncanny resemblance to a certain pop star with today's Groupon to Crane Photography. For $50, you'll get a two-to-three-hour outdoor photo shoot or studio portrait session, a $150 value. You'll also get an 8"x10" print and an opportunity to order additional prints for 25% off normal print pricing. (See "Investment" on the website for print prices). Your photographer will travel within a 40-mile radius of Medford, NJ, in a refrigerator with wheels; locations outside the radius will incur an additional $50 fee per 30 extra minutes of driving each way.
Sylvia Sepulveda became enamored with vintage pin-up photography because of the props. A frequent thrift-store shopper, she had planned to start a blog about her purchases but found that taking and editing their pictures was more satisfying than writing the posts. She turned her lens onto human subjects shortly thereafter and now generates inventive and sensual snapshots at Indie Girl Photography. Sylvia doesn't shy away from whimsical impulses both during and after her shoots. Based on the dialogue between her and the client, she suggests poses that can result in simple, flirtatious portraits or playful, old-timey advertisements. Her retouching finesse then works two types of magic, serving to add backdrops—ranging from a retro kitchen scene to a patriotic battleground—as well as remove sources of insecurity, including blemishes, stretch marks, and mismatched shoes. She deftly adjusts lighting and angles to flatter clients of all body types, and she pairs outfits that clients bring from home with her own stock of accessories, such as a vintage aviator hat or a video camera.
Apart from her boudoir-style shots, she experiments with fantasy and alternative styles. Her galleries display models cast as robots, angels, and superheroes, among other supernatural roles.
A man lies tangled in a shower curtain, lifeless, with blood spattered everywhere; "kill your boyfriend" was the theme of this shoot, conducted by photographer Nikki Riley for one of her clients who'd recently parted ways with her latest beau. Nikki's willingness to transcend boundaries, paired with her creative flair, has sent her to New York City and Atlanta to shoot risqué and editorial-style fashion spreads and helped her earn a nomination for PHL17's Philly's Hot List of Best Photographers 2011. Raised as a "John Lennon kid" by a photographer mother, her inherited desire to snap shots came to fruition soon after graduating college, when she traded her 9–5 desk job for a career in photography. Nikon D700 in tow, Nikki spends her days at the 1,700-square-foot studio she co-owns, The Hive 215, which features high ceilings, loft windows, vintage furnishings, and a beauty bar where specialists prep clients' hair and makeup.
Though Nikki's fashion and portrait shoots favor bold colors and clean, magazine-quality finishes, her intimate boudoir shoots explore both high and low angles and toy with exposure—in every sense of the word. Taken from the most flattering angles for each body type, shots of lingerie-clad legs and torsos sway from high-contrast black and white to elegantly washed-out color frames lit softly from behind like an angel auditioning for the cover of Maxim. Nikki caters these shoots to the desires and comfort level of each client, letting imaginations run wild with coy pinup poses or showcasing epidermises for keepsake shots of clients in any state of undress.