Though pictures may fade, Dan Demetriad’s talent for capturing one-of-a-kind moments never has. A photographer for more than 30 years, Dan has developed an affable manner with subjects and a sharp editorial eye, making him sought after by Manhattan's top entertainers, business people, families, and creative professionals. Joined by a team of six, he and the team work together to fulfill a mission to “help clients look (and compete) better in the digital world.”
Founded in 1985, Demetriad Photography has snapped portraits of children, families, celebrities, and budding photo-bombers and has provided graphic design and product photography services for businesses. In addition, its photographers’ work has graced the covers of such magazines as New York Contribute and Business Miami.
The photographers share the tricks of their trade during individual and group classes that teach basic and advanced shutterbugs photography and digital-imaging skills. The studio also runs a nonprofit called PowerShoot, a series of weekend workshops that teaches teens to tell stories through visual media, such as with a minute-by-minute pictorial of how the family cookie jar went from full to empty.
Between her time in the United States and in her native Brazil, Alexandra Neuber has spent 20 years behind the lens of her camera perfecting her framing and shutter-snapping skills. She remains discreet and out of the way during the many weddings, portrait sessions, and bar or bat mitzvahs she photographs, preferring to capture natural moments between kin and friends rather than dictating their every pose. Once sessions conclude, Alexandra and her clients confer to pick out favorite images, preserving the retouched pictures with prints, albums, posters, and dips into the Fountain of Youth.
Niki Broyn discovered her passion for photography when she started snapping shots of her four kids in 1996. As her children grew, so did her skills as a photographer, prompting her to found Nikibi Studio, where she currently captures the smiles of other families. She likes to incorporate her subjects’ passions in each photo session, taking pictures of musicians performing or cat burglars posing in front of a cracked safe. Niki also travels on location for special events, such as baptisms, and specializes in portraits for home, business, and commercial use—her shots never looking out of place above a mantle or in the pages of a magazine.
Beyond its work staging traditional photo shoots and portraiture, Garden State Photo Studio's team of event photojournalists is dispatched to special occasions to tell their stories. As celebrations such as weddings, sweet sixteens, and bar mitzvahs unfold, photogs follow the belles of the ball, snapping or videotaping a chronology of candid moments with their professional-grade digital cameras and lighting equipment.
Garden State’s traveling photo booths fuel party-time fun and memory-making. After attendants set up the stationary photographer, party-goers pile in as the booth snaps pictures of the revelry. Instant images are printed onto strips and posted online so that guests can relive the memories later or ask the photo booth accusingly why it took so many pictures of Karen.