Though she’s always loved photography, Christa Hovey’s passionate involvement with the art form really took off after the birth of her twin daughters. She chronicled their developing personalities and memorable moments with her camera, eventually deciding that she wanted to offer the same service to other families. And so began Double The Love Photography, where she captures clients’ candid emotions and true characters through varied photo sessions. In addition to shooting family and child portraits with skill, she memorializes special events, such as weddings, engagements, and puppy proms.
At 12 years old, when most little girls fall in love with horses or boy bands, Brittany Moyer fell for the click of a shutter. Her passion didn't wane over the years, and at 17, she began snapping shots professionally. Since then, she has studied at Bowling Green University and immortalized a number of events and milestones. The wunderkind specializes in portraits of seniors, families, babies, engaged couples, and bands. Her shoots are held on-location and capture both candid and posed images. Afterward, Brittany preserves her clients favorite black-and-white or color pictures with products such as high-quality prints and high-resolution images on CD.
New York Institute of Photography graduate Jeffrey Brown and his aesthetically savvy wife Jamie put women at ease during sultry boudoir sessions emphasizing confidence and comfort. A consultation precedes each one-hour shoot, allowing subjects to choose their wardrobe, aesthetic, and the physical features they wish to highlight. Photos are captured "in the round" within an elegant camera room that boasts a decorative array of specialty vignettes and sets. About two weeks following the shoot, photos are unveiled in the multimedia room so models can choose which setup they’d like to use for their custom 8"x10" portrait. The Incognito Portrait Design studio is nestled in a luxurious New York–style loft decorated with breathtaking wall portraits, soothing music, and a dressing suite armed with a battalion of cosmetic amenities, including blow dryers, curling irons, and hair products. The value of the 8"x10" portrait can be used toward a custom wall décor portrait, and all snapshot subjects should call ahead of an appointment.
A lot of things can happen at a party or event, and Gotcha Photo Booths helps hosts to collect the evidence. The company’s event supervisors travel to venues, set up booths, and oversee all the ensuing shenanigans.
After accessorizing with props such as silly glasses or feather boas, partygoers pile into booths and strike poses for the camera—and for guests waiting outside, who can watch the action on a high-definition screen. Fifteen seconds later, booth occupants can collect duplicate strips of color or black-and-white photos. Hosts can personalize prints with the logo of their event or the crest of their favorite stonemasons’ guild. All photos are digitally stored and may be purchased by the host.
Lori Mason can trace her shutterbug streak back to her grandparents, who ran Smith Studios in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. When clients asked for Lester Smith for color portraits, Lester's wife, Annette, would carefully enhance each photo with color by hand. Growing up looking at her grandparents' hand-colored photos, Lori developed an interest in photography that blossomed into a career when she armed herself with a Canon 7D and a photography certification from the University of South Florida. Lori's clients range from expectant mothers to graduating high-school seniors; a particular specialty is newborns as young as 1 week old, whose beaks often haven’t even fallen off yet.
Bombshell Boudoir owner, Carrie and her female staff strive to capture their female subjects’ inner bombshells, encouraging the women decked out in saucy duds to show off their sassy and playful sides while backdropped by one of nineteen custom sets. The all-female Bombshell team coaches clients through every step of boudoir shoots, from choosing an outfit from the studio’s selection and styling hair and makeup to striking alluring poses and arranging faces into sexy snarls. An email viewing session allows clients to choose which edited and retouched shots will adorn Bombshell's selection of custom calendars, albums, and float wraps. They encourage ladies to share the boudoir experience with pals for a cheeky bachelorette party, birthday bash, or church-camp reunion.