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.
Joseph James is an Army veteran and a well-traveled stage actor, but long before he could make either of those claims, he developed a passion for photo and film. At Joseph James Photography, he channels his lifelong loves of art and photography into helping clients capture their most cherished moments. His work has garnered attention from Arizona Foothills Magazine as well as given him the opportunity to appear on ABC 15 television and take snaps at New York's famed Fashion Week. Services range from one-hour onsite shoots to comprehensive full-day wedding packages.
Constance Jackson—the photographer and personality behind CJackson Photography—tailors every photo session to her clients' preferences, using her more than 10 years of experience to compose photos of kids, families, and corporate events. She might shoot them outdoors or in her studio. She could focus on showcasing a specific talent or favorite outfit, or simply snap some photos of a family playing together. While she bends her mind to the lenswork, her husband, Derrick, lends his eye to shoots and manages the office, making sure that customers enjoy their experiences and get prints on time.
Wilson Camera Digital Lab & Portrait Studio opened in 1954, back when most photos were still developed on papyrus scrolls. Nowadays, digital gear fills the store’s two locations, but photographer Rudolph Henninger still brings old-school photography knowledge to his work in the shop, drawing on more than 37 years of experience behind the camera. He and his staff offer photography services for weddings and family portraits, teach photography classes, and work in their photo lab to digitally restore old photos.
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.
When Canon sought American photographers worthy of its Explorer of Light honor—so far awarded to only 50 photographers nationwide—it swiftly selected wedding photographer Michele Celentano. “Her style expertly blends traditional and documentary photojournalism,” says a Canon profile that also praises the “dynamic, high energy and inspirational” teaching programs at her studio. A professional photographer for 25 years and an artistic educator for 12, Michele’s work has graced literary publications such as Rangefinder and American Photographer as well as, since her Canon nod, advertisements for Canon cameras. An Accolade of Photographic Mastery from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International further distinguishes her work, which Michele crafts at the studio she runs full time. Between her Arizona projects, including photo shoots and seminars, Michele takes to the international lecture circuit to expound on the art of snapping memorable nuptial images of grinning grooms and flower girls eating all the leftover rice.