The artistic shutterbugs at Santini Photography encourage their subjects to articulate their own vision for a photo shoot, allowing the photographers to tailor each shoot to encompass the client’s wishes. This creative collaboration yields a unique styling and relaxed atmosphere that captures the essence of a giggling infant, diploma-chewing high school graduate, or glowing mother-to-be. The third-generation boutique studio perfects portraits of groups as well as individuals, welcoming families for professionally lit sessions. After a photo shoot, clients can order prints for framing or acquire contemporary wall displays for covering up holes left from fly-swatting trebuchets still in testing.
Santini Photography also encourages donations to Operation Smile—a children’s medical charity that provides free surgeries for youth born with facial deformities—by offering photo sessions for those who donate.
Photographer Omar Mena captures natural expressions and genuine rapport during shoots held in his studio or offsite. His meticulous coverage can document special days, such as weddings or quinceañeras, as well as relaxed moments between loved ones, such as when engaged couples simultaneously decide to take a catnap. After shoots, Mena transforms his footage into professional-quality prints, DVD slideshows, and photo albums for subjects to cherish.
Professional portraits have come a long way. Gone are the days of fist-on-chin pseudo seriousness and comically fake backgrounds. Digital-imaging pros today, like April Melton, know that natural poses in real places make long-lasting memories.
Tote up to five other people and your most elusive poses to the studio, and Ayer Eternal's passionate, knowledgeable shutterbug, Luis C. Rodriguez, will capture them in a careful one-hour chase. Rodriguez's extensive experience includes but is not limited to shooting a cover for Latinitas magazine, being a featured artist on fashions.org, and photographing the Miss Texas Latina beauty pageant. He will use imaginative techniques and a lifetime partnership with light to confine your memories from the most winsome angles. After the shoot, Rodriguez will prepare your chosen photos backstage with digital proofing before printing them with fine inks on fine papers. The prints leave walls and wallets with a fresh yield of bright, crisp sentimental currency that's bound to last longer than regular currency—all Ayer Eternal's prints are guaranteed for life. Visit Ayer Eternal's website to browse Rodriguez's portfolio.
Gerhard Gotzmann of DesertShot, Inc., an airborne photography company, has been teaching people and determined penguins to fly for 18 years. He'll give each student the same beginner's training that pilots use to earn their private license. You'll start off in ground training with a computer flight simulator at El Paso International Airport; the Dona Ana Airport at Santa Teresa, New Mexico; or your own home airstrip. After the earthbound session, students take to the sky with the instructor in a Cessna C-172 propeller plane. Bring along a friend or trusty Wookie co-pilot and share the bird’s-eye view of dramatic Southwestern terrain. Call for an appointment.