When Seattle Drum School owner and founder Steve Smith first began leading private lessons, bands such as Queen and Pink Floyd were just hitting their stride. That was nearly four decades ago, before air guitar became a legitimate art form, and well before Steve opened the doors to SDS in 1986. Since then, though, Steve has fostered the school into a thriving music institution, and one that currently boasts a faculty of more than 40 talented teachers. Such a large staff translates into an equally diverse selection of lessons for students, who can hone their skills in everything from guitar, piano, and voice to saxophone, turntables, and, of course, drums.
Studio location is rustic and one of a kind in the old bell tower of Marycliff Hall. I have daylight and studio lighting areas. I love to shoot outside on the beautiful landscaped grounds or travel. I use a mixture of traditional posed photography as well as candid photojournalism to capture my clients real life self.
Teri and Greg Harris draw on artistic eyes honed in careers as an award-winning former photojournalist and a high-profile web designer, respectively, to capture memories at Ladybug Photography. The couple memorializes blissful weddings, cozy family scenes, and grads-to-be in black-and-white, sepia, or color portraits. Lighthearted shoots may make use of props, pets, and outfit and personality changes as subjects let their inner glow shine in-studio or at lush area parks, gardens, and beachfronts.
Great portraits are about the emotions, moments, and people they portray. That's why the professionals at A. J. Heil Photography give theirs a natural, classic look that doesn't detract with over-editing and retouching. Their images take advantage of soft lighting that gives pictures a nostalgic feeling appropriate to portraits of couples, families, and children. To imbue those portraits with breathtaking backgrounds, they work with natural light in the great outdoors, using clients' homes and the greenery of local parks to craft personalized pictures.
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.
Miranda Burnaz loves to incorporate natural settings into her photographs. She uses natural lighting, be it sun or moon, and composition inspired by the scenery to capture family portraits and other important moments, such as weddings and engagement photos.