Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the shoot, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images. Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system, and ships specialty gift items to clients' homes for free.
That ?et cetera? in the name of Image Arts Etc. encompasses a lot. Here, staffers help clients preserve their visual memories in a host of ways, from snapping photos on-location and in the studio, to furnishing frames for cherished images. But the services don?t end there. On-staff technicians also transfer photos and video from older formats to new ones, and they can use restoration, graphic design, and multimedia editing skills to polish existing pictures and films. Some customers even elect to rent the entire Image Arts studio, where a selection of backdrops, props, and basic photography gear await for amateur photographers who want to orchestrate their own shoot. Customers can elect to bring in their own props for use in the photo studio, where green screen photography and videos are also available.
Emily Davis Photography grabs light by the wavelengths and wrestles it into picture machines before squeezing it into memorable slices of life. Families of up to four people (add $15 for each additional person) get a one-hour photo session ($100) to grin and pose their way to pictorial permanence. The number of outfits customers can use is limited only by the time of the photo session. Emily, a talented photographer whose clients have highly praised her work, is well versed at coaxing natural poses from her clients, whether it be in a controlled studio setting or amid the unpredictable nature of nature.
Olan Mills Inc. 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 re-create the 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.
Photographer Charlene Potts specializes in capturing some of life’s biggest milestones: new babies, engagements, weddings, high-school grads, and her specialty of pet portraits. Prior to each session, Charlene meets with subjects and furry family members in their homes to discuss personal style and various wall-art options in their space. Her portrait sessions generally last 90 minutes, with a follow-up appointment a few weeks later to review prints. Held 10 days after each session, the follow-up appointment includes a viewing of prints and selection of favorite images. She also provides an online gallery where family, friends, and online avatars who happen to be art critics can view the pictures. She shares her craft in other ways, too. She regularly leads photography classes in which she teaches students about composition, exposure, and camera operations.