As self-taught photographers, the professional shooters at Thompson Photography Group are passionate about equipping others with the knowledge needed to capture life’s meaningful moments with clarity and creativity. The Photography 101 class gives students a three-hour crash course in the basics of digital-camera operation, teaching the artistic and scientific fundamentals behind capturing great photographs. The panoply of tips includes proper lighting techniques for portraits and candid sessions, an overview of lenses and camera equipment, and ideas for the professional composition of family photos or reunion mug shots. Discover the proper ISO, aperture, and shutter speed needed for maximum moment immortalizing, and uncover helpful tricks of the trade to ensure natural and relaxed expressions from subjects. An interactive photo safari allows aspiring shutterbugs to put their newfound knowledge to use, snapping pics of real models and artificial emotions.
Yolanda Hill's passion for photography grew as her own children did, inspiring her to document their transformation from chubby-cheeked infants into independent-minded individuals. Today, at Perfect Picture Photography, she helps others capture the evolution of themselves and their loved ones with relaxed photo shoots at her studio or outdoor locations such as Okeeheelee Park and the Morikami Japanese Gardens. Her photos present a mix of candid and casually posed moments, trending toward desaturated-color shots that highlight families frolicking on the beach, tots playing with adorable props, or newborn infants taking their first power naps.
Images know no bounds at Green Light Media Group: they’re emblazoned onto T-shirts, brochures, and business cards, as well as weaved into videos and websites. Green Light’s multitalented staff also perform traditional photo shoots, where they travel to scenic locales to capture grinning families or baffled strangers who continually run into each other.
Birthdays, weddings, and other occasions become unforgettable events with the party-planning staff at JDC Entertainment. DJs and motivational dancers excite crowds and keep energy levels high. JDC Entertainment also rents out add-ons such as photo booths and LED dance floors, which instantly vaporize any party-crashing ghosts.
Nicole Bergstrom is as artistic with babies as she is with tiramisu—although she rarely photographs them together. A former food stylist, Nicole and her husband Allan founded Kinder Image in 1994, and since then have captured the likenesses of 1000s of newborn babies. The shuttersmith specializes in studio sets as well as onsite photography, snapping timeless images as families and children frolic in parks, on the beach, or in their own homes in front of one of Kinder Images' 20 backdrops. Unique specialty packages can follow expectant mothers through each month of their pregnancies or revisit newborns throughout their first year, documenting the ways they grow and change from tiny cherubs to ringleaders of their local stroller gang. After each session, clients can pick their favorite edited shots during a personal viewing session, which Kinder Image prints in sizes ranging from desktop pictures to sprawling canvas wraps and wall art.