Showing up at Bethany Stephan's studio means you're in for a treat. "Your private shoot," Bethany says, "is more than a photography session—it's a full-tilt celebration of confidence, silliness, and everything that makes you feel gorgeous." Professional hair and makeup artists pamper photo subjects, who then pose as mood-setting music plays. Bethany picks up her camera and starts snapping, and as her clients relax and have fun, the photos get even more beautiful, capturing the subjects' confidence and sensuality.
Lisa Nikole has been a photographer since she was a mere 8 years old. She's always loved capturing candid moments or priceless poses, and she doesn't see that passion fading any time soon. With a traditional style that captures her subjects at their most relaxed, she shoots portraits of families, high-school seniors, couples, and individuals. She also offers bridal-portrait sessions during the time between the ceremony and reception.
At G.G.’s Secret Boudoir Photography, the two resident female photographers accentuate women’s sensuality with relaxed photo shoots. The photogs fit more than 20 years of experience into each frame, during one- to two-hour photo sessions that yield 8”x10”, 5”x7”, 4”x5”, or wallet-size prints and an online gallery. Clients pose in front of five backgrounds and bring their own clothing and props, such as a man’s tie, a boa, or a life-size cartoon weight lifter with the face cut out.
For four decades, Trotter Photo's seasoned shutterbugs have captured memorable expressions in creative, professional sessions. Half-hour photo shoots transform life’s most significant moments into crisp, clear pixels, preserving them in a more comfortable means than casting the family in bronze. Trotter invites groups of up to eight subjects to pose before their choice of flattering studio backgrounds, and the studio offers up an online gallery of previously captured images for inspirational perusal.
Elizabeth Ann Photography's professional shutterbug Julie Elizabeth Scarpace captures the best side of high-school seniors in natural outdoor settings. Twelfth-grade muses are encouraged to bring along props or outfits and can choose any outdoor setting, such as a park, football field, or interstate rest stop. Julie will snap photos for an hour, aiming to illustrate each senior's personality through natural smiles and expressions. Once complete, the cream of the photo crop will be converted into one 8”x10” print, two 5”x7” prints, and 16 wallet-sized prints, as well as an online slideshow and password-protected gallery of 35–50 proofs.
The Tintypery's shutterbugs have been capturing sepia-tone memories inside their old-time photography studio for the past 30 years. Before each photo shoot, customers don authentic costumes, which range from the 1860s through to the 1930s—guises include cowboy hats, pinstripe suits, Victorian gowns, and glum facial expressions. Once families and groups gather around whiskey barrels, rifles, and oil-lamp set pieces, they can choose to pose with historically accurate props: southern belles may swish delicate lace fans and Civil War soldiers may pose with their trusty sabers. Kids too can join in the fun by dressing up as masked bandits or other period characters. Not to leave anyone out, Tintypery also welcomes pets as long as they respect the customs of the past by covering up with a bandana or modest pantaloons.