After graduating from college with a degree in industrial photography, Steve Schroeder honed his shutterbug skills at Houston's Gittings Studio before opening his own studio in 1987. Eight years later Steve and his family relocated to Macon, where he constructed his new studio in the Hardeman-Hatcher house, a Victorian Village dwelling built in the 1880s. The abode's elaborate architecture and flashbulb-wielding ghosts set the backdrop for many of Steve's portraiture sessions. These sessions always commence with a consultation, during which he helps clients determine which outfits and location best complement their style. Any image snapped in studio, on location, or at weddings—Steve has covered nearly 1,000 nuptial ceremonies—undergoes basic retouching. Patrons can also elicit Steve's services for framing or restoration needs, watercolor cards, or to commission the studio's resident artist to create an oil painting of a favorite image from their shoot (turn around time of six–eight weeks).
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Self-described “photo geek” Stephen Jones first picked up a camera—his dad’s Pentax SLR 35mm—in high school. He enjoyed the hobby, and decided to hone his photography skills at the University of Georgia, where he earned a BFA in photographic design and graduated cum laude. After more than a decade in the newspaper industry, an unexpected layoff gave Jones the jolt he needed to pursue his passion and open his own studio, Studio 331.
Today, the photographer distinguishes himself from the hundreds of others in his field by passing the rigorous exams and portfolio reviews necessary to earn the title of Certified Professional Photographer—an honor that only a small percentage of professional photographers hold. Jones specializes in weddings, where he shoots brides as they primp for their big day and newlyweds as they walk away from the altar amidst steaming showers of rice pilaf. His family shoots capture the emotional bonds between youngsters and their parents; his senior portraits, in contrast, showcase the confidence and potential of soon-to-be graduates.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
Ronnie Owings began his photographic career when Robert Kennedy hired him to snap candid photos at family parties. His ability to turn fleeting moments into professional, elegant images has led to a flourishing career, and his work has appeared in magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Art & Antiques, and Elegant Bride.
Ronnie's reassuring demeanor relaxes subjects into natural poses— whether he's handing a toddler a favorite toy instead of a boring prop, or calming a yapping dog with a bone that tastes like a mailman's slacks. The resulting prints of families, kids, high-school seniors, or beloved pets take on an almost dream-like state, enhanced by digital effects such as text or oil painting. Shoots take place at his studio, which was built in 1899. Antique furniture and props still dot the interior, as do rustic fireplaces and a front porch that lends a visual glimpse of a more relaxing era. Outdoor paths wind through groves of waterfalls and azaleas, all leading to a barn that houses a living room and library, ideal for family portraits.