Photographer Jodi Lynn and the all-women staff at Le Boudoir Studio coach clients through every step of their boudoir photo shoots. Above all, they work to create a comfortable atmosphere in which clients can strike confident poses. After shoots, captured images transform into portraits on decorative easels.
A member of the Camera Craftsmen of America, Tony Cilento has captured images of families, weddings, and famous subjects such as Cher and Pope John Paul II. At his studios across the country, he oversees the extensive training of each of his photographers until he's confident they can uphold his standards, which have garnered him the United Nations International Photographic Council award. The highly trained photographers provide impeccable service while photographing birthdays, holidays, weddings, moms-to-be, seniors, and families.
If it were up to Dean Farrell, he would always have a camera in his hand. As a photographer at Orcatek Photography, Dean's mission is not to just capture an image. When he points his camera at a person, object, or landscape, he wants to reveal a "new point of view," and in a sense transform his subjects without having to trade in one of his wishes from the wood nymph whose life he once saved. His artistic philosophy translates into a physical determination to take the best photo possible, which he'll shoot by climbing over obstacles or even crawling in the dirt. Dean demonstrates this philosophy and passion for photography through his studio's diverse menu of services. He takes striking, black-and-white photos of newborns, intimate close-up shots of mothers-to-be, and candid portraits of couples and seniors from unconventional angles. His specialty—boudoir and retro pinup shoots—swing from tasteful high-angle shots of subjects tangled in sheets to playful costumed poses pulled straight from the 1940s.
Not one to keep his techniques secret, Dean shares his knowledge on multiple topics during workshops that encompass both fundamentals and advanced lighting and composition skills. Workshops venture outside the realm of photography; video workshops help budding filmmakers capture better footage, and an Introduction to Acting workshop allows students to study character arcs, analyze scenes, and learn the differences in acting for film and theater.
Gary Steiner knew he was in trouble. His social studies teacher—whom his classmates had nicknamed "the walrus"—had just caught him drawing the teacher's cartoon likeness with an exaggerated handlebar mustache and buckteeth. Instead of punishing him, however, the teacher offered him a job drawing caricatures for the Arizona State Senate. His childhood desire to sketch everything he saw had finally paid off. It was this desire that led Gary to eventually pick up a camera and fully realize what he calls "the ability to produce in print that which the eye envisions."
Over the last 15 years, Gary has done just that, toting his camera to fashion shows, weddings, and studio shoots where he immortalizes his subjects in clean, editorial-style images that have appeared in Arizona Foothills Magazine. His close-up portraits experiment with color contrast and saturation, ranging from stark, black-and-white face shots to softly colored full-length poses of women and children. His experience with boudoir and fine-art photography has allowed him to capture the beauty of the nude female form in intimate maternity shoots or in lingerie shots that incorporate candid poses and unconventional angles. Aside from having his boudoir work showcased in the Raintree/Northsight location of Fascinations, Gary's accomplishments include being able to spell daguerreotype from memory.
A fifth-generation native of the Grand Canyon state, photographer Amy Armenta of the aptly named Arizona Moments Photography captures idyllic images of her subjects, using nature as her primary backdrop. Sessions for high-school seniors, newborns, families, and moms-to-be spring to life in on-location shoots, and both formal and candid wedding shots help to create lasting memories.
Mr. Duke started his self-named photography business more than 60 years ago, but that doesn’t mean his company’s services are old-timey. One of the team’s specialties is photo restoration, where ultramodern computer software helps them produce crystal-clear images from scraped, creased, or faded originals. Of course, the primary objective of the business is to help families create new memories, which they do with Duke Photography’s signature portrait sessions held at studios in Phoenix or Tempe. At the Phoenix location, photographers work both inside the studio and out, as they’ve cultivated a garden adjacent to the studio that serves a lush backdrop for shoots. The Tempe studio’s outdoor space is surrounded by lakes that provide a tranquil setting to capture snapshots of families. Sessions are open for any occasion, though the team at Duke Photography specializes in portraiture for families, businesses, weddings, high-school seniors, and sports teams.