Bruce Dodgen of Dodgen Photography snaps meaningful mementos destined to dress walls, wallets, and digital landscapes. Equipped with Nikon and Kodak digital cameras and professional lighting equipment for in-studio and on-location shoots, he captures images of beloved pets, engaged couples, or large family groups. Subjects return to the studio to preview the fruits of their session and select which should be printed and burned to CD or emblazoned permanently in the mind’s eye. After customers view the images, he hands them to his spouse and business partner Paula, who touches up the images with her prodigious Photoshop skills, smoothing out uneven skin and limiting the prominence of relatives’ likenesses to Big Foot.
According to the photographers at Jones Image Design, a successful photo shoot captures not only an image but a unique essence as well. That's why they prefer to hold detailed, in-person consultations at their studio before each session. After designing a wholly customized experience, they may snap candid shots of laughing infants sitting side by side, a family walking near a placid lakeshore, or a high-school senior posing in both casual wear and glamorous attire. They even guarantee that anyone who isn't charmed by the resulting images will receive a refund or new pictures.
In addition to their commercial, family, and senior portraits, Jones Image Design hosts photography classes. These lessons tutor beginners on the basics of working with an SLR camera, from snapping still frames of a model to shouting the specific types of cheese that elicit a bigger grin.
Dreamstate Photography specializes in crafting personalized, creative pictures, as its aesthetically gifted photographers strive to capture the image the subject wants to project. With this deal, you'll choose a one-hour shooting session at either the Dreamstate studio or a location of your choice and receive two DVDs documenting your day. The first DVD will have an image of your choosing with full resolution and basic Photoshop enhancement, and the second disc will contain a slideshow of all the images snapped during your shoot set to music. Because Dreamstate Photography will travel to any location within 20 miles of Des Moines, high-school quarterbacks can pose in front of their home stadium and science teachers can high-five in front of any 500-foot-tall Tesla coil. This package is good for both one-person photo shoots and families.
The husband-and-wife team behind Black Dress Boudoir know how love and photography can intersect. Sparks tend to fly when their cameras flash, illuminating the vast interior of their boutique studio. During private boudoir photo shoots, the couple empowers women to strike poses that capture the sexy, seductive side of love. They have been doing this for long enough to know that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes; rather than wrestle their clients into a one-size-fits-all template, they emphasize their natural features to create photographs that feel more at home tucked under a pillow than within the pages of a mass-marketed magazine. Black Dress Boudoir’s boudoir photo sessions aren’t just about the results. From start to finish, they pamper their clients by helping them select sexy outfits, guiding them through the various poses, and spraying them with a fire hose when things get too hot.
Sam Taylor knows nothing lasts forever. But his use of 100-year archival photo paper ensures that, at the very least, his photos and the memories they arrest will last a long time. With this in mind, he captures clients in in-studio and on-location photo shoots, eschewing photo clichés for unique shots that bring out individuals' personalities. His made-to-last prints are coated to protect them from sunlight, finger oils, and burning gazes of admiration.