J. Design Studios' photographers are just as likely to snap pictures of a happy couple strolling through a grassy park as they are to set up a photo booth at an event, where they can create a background from repurposed doors or give subjects eclectic picture frames to hold around their faces. And yet photography is just one side of the studio's services: a team of multimedia design and architecture graduates helm the visual design department. Here, they translate the client's brand into vibrant Web and print projects, from websites and billboards to postcards and magazines.
After years floating between jobs in a search for fulfillment, Terry Scroggins discovered his passion for photography in 1984 while shooting football games with a loaned professional camera and a single flash. As he expanded his skills to include subtly lit indoor portraits, he began traveling throughout the region and later the country to snap subjects from ball teams to bands, prom-goers, and beauty queens. A skilled communicator, Terry could deftly organize teams of athletes into position for group portraits, even when he and they had no languages in common—an issue that almost caused difficulties during the fast-pitch softball Women's World Championship, in which 27 countries were represented.
After years on the road, Terry eventually settled down to restructure his business to accommodate emerging digital methods. Today his portrait studio hosts carefully posed photo shoots and classes in everything from lighting strategies to photoshopping a unicorn horn onto the family dog.
Since establishing her studio nearly 10 years ago, Beth has managed to preserve the vows, kisses, and first dances of more than 450 newlyweds. She often photographs weddings alongside her own husband, Tim, who shoots high-definition video footage that their website claims should include a "you'll cry" guarantee. Though these ceremonies are her specialty, Beth also snaps family and high school senior portraits, as well as flirty boudoir albums. She can travel to specific locations that produce picturesque prints, or pose subjects in her studio against a variety of professional backdrops.
Equipped with the latest conversion technology, the professional dub masters at Flicko's usher hazy analog tape archives that are up to two hours into the crisp higher-resolution digital present with technical aplomb. Preserve the VHS archives that prove that your child can walk or that you once swam faster than an otter, transferring them to newly minted DVDs and then fitting them with custom labels. Flicko’s site provides further details about their video-duplication process.
Before he took over Springfield Leather Company, Kevin Hopkins was a struggling musician in need of a guitar strap. After fashioning one out of scraps from a nearby leather store, he realized his true talent and went on to manage Tandy leather stores throughout the midwest. When Tandy shuttered the business in 1999, Hopkins bought the Springfield outpost, rechristening it Springfield Leather Company. Inside the sprawling space, a staff of jewelry and leather experts arm customers with a vast assortment of leather goods and jewelry-making supplies.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Stepping into photographer Jennifer Grant’s studio looks like stepping into another world: painted clouds adorn muslin backdrops; a wooden barn structure is built into the corner. Utilizing her degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and 17 years of experience, she customizes her portrait shoots with more than 30 physical and 100 digital backgrounds lit with professional studio lighting. In addition to in-studio shoots, she also makes use of natural light for on-location family portraits or weddings.