Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
Emily Thueringer doesn’t need helping finding creative outlets. She paints, makes ceramics, writes, and reupholsters furniture, but in high school it was her sister who introduced her to photography. Since then, Emily’s passion for photography has grown, and her portfolio along with it. Her body of work is filled with high-contrast, eye-level shots of her subjects, some posing and others candidly glancing out of frame. She captures these warmly colored shots during photo-shoot packages tailored for weddings, babies, senior portraits, and holidays. She then shares how she captured them during photography classes and hour-long TV events entitled Photographer Secrets Revealed!.
Master photographer and staff encourage subjects to bring props and favorite outfits into the digital photo shoots to make each set of images distinctly personal. Dozens of studio sets to choose from allow subjects to arrive at the perfect mood for their family portraits, graduation photos, and headshots for radio jockey gigs. Boudoir sessions allow ladies to celebrate their bodies by accentuating their curves through flirty, romantic, or sensual poses polished with digital touch-ups.
In the more than 25 years Jim Earls has spent behind the lens, he has photographed over 1,500 weddings and countless families, high-school graduates, and children. A former president of the Arizona Professional Photographers Association, Earl also uses his portrait-snapping prowess to teach digital-photography classes. Beginners’ sessions instruct students on how to create quality images by manipulating camera settings, exposure, natural light, and flash. Alternatively, classes on computer and camera functions give step-by-step instruction on how to navigate cameras and upload images that can be edited, printed out, and used to wallpaper a bathroom. Earls leads both indoor and outdoor photography shoots, which help students become more versatile photographers by working among studio settings as well as natural backdrops.
From a black-and-white photo lab to a consummate producer of today’s digital images and fine art giclees, Jones Photo has been painstakingly scanning and printing the inimitable pictures of clients since the company’s inception in 1947. While the experts inside the sprawling one-story adobe confines have remained on the cusp of each new technological breakthrough, such as color film and digital files programmed by a cryogenically frozen Ansel Adams, they also continue to develop 35 mm and 120 film. Whatever the original medium, they print images on traditional, scratch-resistant photo paper as well as create canvas wraps, photo albums, and photo composites.
Any camera can capture a moment in time, but those at Flash in the Past Studio aim for moments long since gone. Their recreations of vintage pinup photos make a great romantic gift with a bit of old-fashioned sass. They're armed with a full arsenal of makeup artists, hair stylists, and fashion experts to kit their clients out in 1950s lingerie, bathing suits, and themed costumes. Outside of teasing portraits, the studio also offers maternity shoots and retro-themed Sweet 16 parties.