Whether she's on a beach, observing newlyweds walk down the aisle, or in her home studio, watching children at play, Colette is constantly building tiny time machines. She hopes that each of her photos can transport viewers back to its preserved moment, allowing them to relive the emotion and ambiance. Her headshots, family portraits, and maternity images frame subjects against their chosen backdrop, and her aesthetic eye enables her to zoom in on arresting details: a ballet-dancer's feet—poised en pointe—or a pair of hands exchanging wedding rings. She also readily snaps pictures of newborns and nonhuman models, including pets and the mannequin that stands in for your chronically late uncle.
Clarissa Nassar began blogging in 1999 under the alias The Posh Parent. Since then, her trail of blog posts reveals a life devoted to both family and career. Throughout her life, she has dished out parenting advice, sold her handmade blankets, offered life coaching to other moms, and started a mobile dance company. Her latest venture is family and boudoir photography, and she takes it on with the same outgoing personality and confident attitude that powered all of her past ventures. Armed with a Canon Rebel XS, Clarissa uses its RAW format to capture photos of families against her studio backdrops or outside in scenic surroundings including beaches, forests, and municipal bus stations.
Jessica Morrisy and her all-female staff at Goddess Boudoir Photography leverage knowledge attained from studies in Paris, Rome, and America to snap classy and sexy boudoir portraits. Throughout one-hour shoots, music flits through the air of the professional studio, inspiring subjects as they preen and model alongside shabby-chic furniture and furry blankets. The photographer suggests flattering poses and encourages subjects to wear up to three outfits that speak to their individual sensuality, be it lingerie, a men's button-down, or a low-cut hotdog suit. One week after the shoot, the photographer grants clients access to a private online gallery with the day's images and one retouched selection for an 8"x10" print.
Beginning his career as a hairstylist who worked on photo shoots with well-known photographers, models, and makeup artists, Joseph Mendez has since added a camera to his once scissor-heavy tool kit, combining his eye for stylish aesthetics with his experience on professional sets. During his on-location photo shoots, he'll snap several shots, yielding a diverse array of artistic shots that may range from elegantly simple to dazzlingly abstract.