Brother and sister Melanie and Matthew Lawton believe it requires more than a creative eye and a pretty face to make art. They hold that the best photographic images occur through a relaxed collaboration between the subject and the camera. To establish this natural rapport, they guide individuals, families, and couples through on-location shoots, suggesting poses while listening to ideas. They encourage candid shots filled with movement and energy?such as newlyweds parading down an aisle of sparklers?while keeping their eyes open for opportunities to interact with on-location environments.
Joey Ikemoto is a busy guy. In 30 years working as the lead photographer of Joey Ikemoto Photography, he has shot 3,000 weddings, garnered multiple honors from the Professional Photographers of America, and heard his shutter click more often than he has blinked his own eyes. Of course, he photographs more than weddings, capturing naturalistic portraits of children, mothers-to-be, and families at play. He shoots in his studio or on location, swapping canned lighting and backdrops for the natural splendor of a favorite park or the stately décor of whichever neighbor leaves their door unlocked.
At KidzPix USA?s photography studio, founder Margaret Saffold captures youngsters at their cutest, outfitting them with a massive selection of props and themed costumes ranging from basketball players to fairy princesses. With the help of her husband Andre Saffold, Margaret builds a fun atmosphere for kids and parents, who can relax and enjoy refreshments during the shoot. After the shoot, customers can make an appointment at the studio to see their photos, which they can choose to preserve as canvas prints, enlarged prints, or key rings.