The pearly white of a toddler’s first tooth. The glow of a young woman’s cheeks on her sixteenth birthday. These are the things that Classic Imaging Photography’s experts seek to capture with a deft click of the shutter. The professional photographers position subjects during in-studio shoots or go on-location to snap images of newly engaged couples in the park where they met or defeated a rival family of swans. The shutterbugs also photograph or capture video of cake-cuttings and dances at landmark events, attempting to stay quietly in the background all the while. To generate souvenirs and bolster revelry, the crew also brings photo booths to parties.
There's nothing like reminiscing about a memorable party over a batch of photos. Case Ace Entertainment makes this possible by renting out its high-tech photo booths, which snap unlimited shots of party guests donning their best smiles and goofiest accessories. Hosts can choose from three photo packages to suit their events' needs, customizing photo strips with logos and backing up physical prints with DVD versions.
People planning weddings often have to choose between elaborately staged poses and the dynamic, candid shots that provide a realistic account of the happy day. The founders of Abacus Wedding Studios ignore that dichotomy, believing there to be a place for both photography styles at important events. Mixing traditional and photojournalistic styles, their photo snappers work with brides, grooms, and their families to make sure everyone gets the shots they dream of. Together, they create a custom wedding-day preparation worksheet that lays out shooting plans with plenty of time for large-scale portraits, intimate snaps, and sequential shots of the first cake slice being smashed in the father of the bride's face.
Husband-wife duo Mark and Marina Frost know what it's like. They saw each other from the opposite ends of a crowded room. They felt a pull toward one another. They knew. Since then, they've been committed not only to one another, but to helping other couples document their own stories through gorgeous wedding and engagement photography. Their expertly lit and strikingly composed shots capture moments big and little: a boutonniere waiting to be pinned on a lapel, the laughter of giddy bridesmaids, newlyweds clasping hands on the dance floor.
Their excitement for each couple and attention to the little things has earned them accolades such as The Knot's Best of Weddings award and Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice award, each for three years running. In addition to wedding-related photography, they also have a photo-booth-rental service for couples who want to remember what their guests looked like 50 years later, when they'll be uploaded to flying cars—the license of which will still only be earned after a four-hour wait at the DMV.
Through photos, videos, and the in-between—short videos turned into photo flipbooks—Kapture provides a fun way preserve memories of weddings, birthdays, dances, trade shows, and other events. Photo-booth sessions are updated from dusty machines in malls to a party's star attraction, where guests can pose—egged on by an interactive video of an outrageous photographer in SuperBooth sessions—and take home custom photo strips as souvenirs. The focus on modern technology is apparent in Instabooth sessions, where Kapture sets up an Instagram hashtag for easy social-media sharing, perfect for photos of friends or carefully filtered snapshots of food. For a more traditional way to remember special days, unobtrusive videographers and photographers are available.
When Fenix Color's photographers approach a subject—be it families, fashion models, or weddings—they eschew meticulously posed shots for more candid moments. Inside their 2,500-square-foot studio, and on-location worldwide, they seek out the small details, from kids reaching for their parents' hands to couples sharing their first dance as newlyweds. After each session, the photographers assemble all their images into an online gallery so clients can choose their favorites to preserve as prints on glossy or matte paper. The same attention to detail characterizes the work of Fenix Color's event planners, who do everything from reviewing vendor contracts to coordinating brunches for the day after your soiree.