In addition to teaching amateurs the ways of the camera, the photographers at Hudson's Photo Workshops have been coaching professional photographers for over 25 years. They create portraits on location or at the Tukwila studio, which is replete with low lighting, plush couches, and neutral-toned walls. The final images look wholesome and classic, ideal for a large custom wall display in your home. In addition to capturing portraits, the photographers outfit clients with prints and digital slideshows that facilitate online sharing. Classes elucidate photography techniques, including the rule of thirds and how to capture a 20-story human pyramid without a wide-angle lens.
After four years as an adventure photographer, Jane Speleers founded The Royal Squirrel Photography in 2011. The name isn't just jokey—reverence for nature inspires the eco-conscious photographer to only distribute paperless agreements to her clients and primarily share images in online galleries or on DVDs. Not surprisingly, that reverence also finds its way into Jane's photographs, whose compositions are simultaneously preoccupied with humans and the magnificent landscapes behind them. Soaring tree branches and expansive stretches of blue sky tower above engaged couples and expectant moms in some pictures, while others home in on grinning kids and embracing families.
Picture Perfect Studios' professional shutterbugs have a wide range of expertise, from children and family portraits to headshots and sports photography. Shoots can take place outdoors or in the studio; they even have an in-studio green screen to give clients more background choices, including more than 50 sports-themed backgrounds. The staff is also available to take videos for parties or events.
Seasoned shutterbugs Cat and Breanna travel to locations and special events across the Puget Sound area, digital cameras in tow. They snap up pictures of weddings, families, and newborn babies, favoring natural lighting and creative poses. After shoots, the photographers professionally retouch and edit the digital images.
Miranda Burnaz loves to incorporate natural settings into her photographs. She uses natural lighting, be it sun or moon, and composition inspired by the scenery to capture family portraits and other important moments, such as weddings and engagement photos.
Married for nine years and a photography team for five, Brian and Jennifer Hartman bring an artistic touch and approach to their on-location photography. Employing a photojournalistic style and dramatic lighting, they capture solo subjects and groups during posed and candid moments, earning critical acclaim from the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and The Knot and placing images in the pages of Elle and Seattle Bride magazines.
Not content to simply point and shoot, the Hartmans light compositions using chiaroscuro or high-exposure natural lighting and often accentuate subjects with extreme angles, forced perspective, or unique natural surroundings. They shoot in vibrant color or black and white, and can edit photos to enhance colors or, by request, replace each subject’s face with Winston Churchill’s. Though the Hartmans use professional tools, they’re glad to help students break into photography via ultra-accessible devices such as the iPhone—following in the footsteps, they note, of Annie Leibovitz, who endorsed the iPhone’s camera on NBC Nightly News in 2011. When not conducting on-location sessions, Brian also leads large-scale workshops in which they pass on their knowledge through graphic slideshows and hands-on training.