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.
Artful use of natural light radiates through Halie Johnson's entire portfolio, which also showcases her knack for guiding clients into classic poses without compromising their individuality. A self-taught photographer, Halie currently plies her professional trade while pursuing a fine-arts degree at the University of Georgia and, ultimately, a career in fashion photography. After shoots, Halie edits the photos and uploads them to an online gallery of high-resolution images that guests can download with the click of a button.
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.
JMarie Photography's shutterbug says her business is a "simple start up," but her images capture the complexities of human emotion in broad, artful strokes. She shoots outdoors and on-location to seize those moments, pairing natural light with natural expressions. Freezing the candid and spontaneous are her goals, capturing people just being themselves. Portraits are taken in color or black and white with just a touch of color to draw attention to little details, such as flowers or a dress. Accommodating all photography needs, she's available for everything from family portraits to special events.
Ashley Brawner received her first camera—a Pentax K1000—when she was about 13 years old. And she still has it, though she's since moved on to newer and shinier shutters, and now aims her lens professionally for Coca-Cola, Olympic athletes, and bands such as U2 and Muse.
As the owner of Blush Boudoir Photography, Ashley also helps women discover new self-confidence. What's so unique about her boudoir photos? They capture women in the vulnerable intimacy of the bedroom but never devolve into objectification. She imbues her photos with artistry and vintage charm, guiding her clients as they pose amid pristine white sheets, secluded woodland areas, or their neighbor's antique car, and composing each shot to be conservative yet enticing. Everyday ladies aren't Ashley's only fans though––she and her crew were also asked to style the cast on an episode of Lifetime's Double Divas.
Forever Video Memories, LLC is a Georgia-based company that specializes in transforming photos into state-of-the-art video keepsakes to preserve families’ past and celebrate their present. A masterful, reverent DVD tribute, worthy of every family’s heirloom.