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.
As VCRs collect dust in garages and home movie projectors find themselves retrofitted into spinning wheels, it gets harder to access past footage of birthdays and holidays that are trapped on analog formats. Fortunately, the technicians of Y NOT 3 Video Productions specialize in scraping memories from their celluloid prisons and converting them to usable digital formats. That expertise stems from their extensive knowledge of video and audio systems, which can also be turned toward projects such as producing corporate commercials or video love letters to pets. With their skills in video editing and broadcast-level equipment, the team also cuts together attractive reels with specials effects, graphics, and eye-catching transitions.
The Wehmeier Portraits studio has a warm, family feel to it. And that’s no surprise, given that Rob Wehmeier and his wife Elise run the place. Inside, there is a living room with a leather couch, a baby-changing area, and a selection of beverages and snacks—amenities all designed to make families feel at home on the day of their portrait session. As parents themselves, Rob and Elise understand how short youngsters’ attention spans can be, so they encourage kids to play while they set up the studio. Clients return to the leather couches five–seven days after their session to view projections of their photos.
Rob has been a professional photographer since 1991, and he has knack for arranging subjects into poses, whether it’s directing a large family into a unified group or guiding a solo high-school senior into the shape of a diploma. The Wehmeiers' studio allows for some flexibility, too; it has one whitewashed wall, another wall for patterned backdrops, and a third wall for colored panels. Occasionally, the Wehmeiers haul their camera gear away from the homey studio to photograph weddings and on-location events.
Photographer Danielle Eileen captures family memories between flapping shutters during 90-minute photo shoots. Homes or snow-covered parks pose as idyllic backdrops for portraits, which accommodate up to eight friends or two rivaling string quartets. After 90 minutes of snapping photos as subjects show their teeth, smile with their eyes, and periodically add styling gel to their brows, Danielle Eileen digitally uploads the resulting images to her site and burns them onto a DVD for easy reviewing. Materialize a favorite shot by having it transferred onto an 8"x10" page, or fill fists with eight wallet-size prints to throw like confetti each time someone arrives at the office. The 10"x10" storyboard collage tells the tale of the whole modeling experience by mixing posed portraits with candid shots for a mash-up of smiles that demand to be reciprocated.
At The Talent Pros, a multitalented staff of veteran video producers, Grammy nominees, and visual artists combine their talents to offer a wide range of creative services. The team handles everything from audio recording to video editing and post-production as well as projects such as website design and online marketing campaigns. Staff members also share their knowledge with motivated up-and-comers through music workshops, which cover songwriting skills, industry knowhow, and how to operate recording gear and tin-cans-attached-by-a-string professionally.
The photographers at SanJa Photography don't pose their subjects. Instead, they let them be themselves and capture moments as they unfold. The photographers shoot at various indoor and outdoor locations, and they are skilled in many areas, including wedding, family, and engagement photography.