Though his experiences have included two stints in the army, graduate school in behavioral neuroscience, and a doctorate degree in computer science, photography has remained at Johnny Sandaire's core. A former staff photographer for his native Haiti's tourism department, he still draws inspiration from his travels; Johnny has snapped landscape, architectural, and still-life images everywhere from Poland to Brazil. He applies that same eye for detail to portrait sessions, during which his combination of candid and posed images have captured color and black-and-white pictures families, newborns, and stars such as Jim Carrey.
Kari Ring directs her aperture at all manner of familial moments, drawing on her experience as both a photographer and digital artist for her shoots. Between expeditions to capture nature and architecture, she catalogs scenes of engaged couples, smiling families, and children riding away on their birthday piñatas.
The shutterbugs at MotoPhoto capture natural expressions in portrait shoots, but they also enhance those shots with retouching services. Rather than drawing smiles on their subjects with lipstick, the professionals elicit relaxed dimples during their sessions, and they are happy to aim their lenses either in-studio or at the subjects’ home. After the experts edit out their flyaway hairs, subjects can order everything from collages and calendars to custom photo books and greeting cards.
In addition to creating new images, MotoPhoto deals with existing photographs, scanning the contents of old albums to create digital files and restoring age-worn photographs. They also transfer the contents of VHS tapes to DVDs, preserving videos of a youngster’s first bike ride or a tiny pothole’s first attempt to wreck a bicycle.
Flowers swaying in the breeze. A toddler’s fleeting grin. Smoke suspended in the air. Lillie Morales-Torres works to capture ephemeral things of beauty with her lens. She's spent the last seven years dedicated to this goal, creating modeling portfolios and high-fashion photo spreads for websites such as Jersey Fashionista, where she now serves as editor. In 2011, she won the first-place prize in a group show at the Casano Community Center Art Gallery for her photography of children. She also creates maternity images that celebrate the beauty of pregnant bellies and wedding shots that celebrate a new union or serve as evidence in lawsuits against the inventor of the Electric Slide.
From weddings, to fashion shoots, to sweet 16 parties, Millennia Imagery's expert photographer uses his camera lens to capture the best aspects of a person's personality. Millennia Imagery shoots many different styles, including glamour, pinup, and maternity. They can also work with kids.
Photographer Amy Kilgannon snaps classic portraits against simple white backgrounds, which can be left blank or filled with digital textures and images in the cutting room. She retains authentic colors by keeping her exposure at an even keel, and captures natural smiles by keeping her sessions relaxed and tailoring them to her clients’ interests. During teen photoshoots, clients can nestle their iPhones safely in the studio's docking station, which is guarded by an aggressive hen, as Amy snaps photos while they strike poses in their favorite outfits. She also hosts parties for children with costumes and snacks before sending each guest home with their portrait as a keepsake. For athletes, dancers, and sports teams, Amy crafts portraits and documents events before adorning each shot with team colors and logos or arranging images into a yearbook. When Amy isn't chronicling her clients' life stories, she teaches photography classes that touch on creative and technical topics such as composition and lighting.