Kristine Wahner learned most of what she knows while working for her family's photography business in the Philippines, where she refined her artistic style and knowledge of camera equipment—which included becoming an expert at snapping pictures without digital editing as a backup. She continued picking business partners from her family tree, shooting pictures with her sister for three years in the United States before branching out on her own. Now she snaps contemporary photos, commemorating moms-to-be, newborns, and families, as well as high-school seniors, weddings, and intimate boudoir moments.
Stephanie Sundell calls upon 18 years of fashion-photography experience to capture every fetching feature and smoky glance in sharp digital images. After scheduling a boudoir session and consulting with exclusively female staff members, subjects don their sultriest teddy or skimpiest hazmat suit and step in front of the camera as the photographer offers knowledgeable guidance on poses and positions in a private and pressure-free setting. At the conclusion of the shoot, centerfolds saunter home to peruse and choose their favorite images on a password-protected website. Photo professionals retouch and enhance the chosen shots, then present clients with a CD of all 10 images to create as many professional prints, racy emails, or surprising mortgage applications as they desire. Subjects can also boost their bombshell status with professional hair and makeup services for an additional $75.
Boudoir For You’s staff creates a comfortable studio atmosphere where customers can leave their inhibitions at the door. An elegant backdrop, stately furniture, and confidence-boosting tunes inspire first-time models to show as much or as little skin as they want during tasteful boudoir shots. The photographers say that the most important thing each lady can bring to her photo shoot—other than her own wardrobe changes—is a fun attitude, which can be purchased around the corner at the attitudes-for-all-occasions store. Photographers spend some time putting subjects at ease, and once guests are ready to step in front of the camera, the shutterbugs start snapping pictures for up to two hours. Later, customers receive a disk of images to choose their prints from. Images can be slipped into the included leather album, or plastered on a wall to taunt bulletin boards that claim to be too full to hold anything else. Boudoir For You also offers training services to photographers looking to add this sassy style to their resumés.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.