While the Bellaire-based Levit didn't invent the camera, that doesn't mean she won't someday. Put her and her crew's nurturing directorial skills and time-freezing talents to the test by capturing the exchange of vows, the first kiss, the slow dance, the slightly tipsy toast—all the special moments large and small from your dodgeball team's reunion.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Even Al Torres’ lightly posed shots exude the aura of candid photography, capturing close-ups of wide-eyed babies, carefree frames of expectant mothers, and black-and-white shots of the raw human form in an editorial style that landed him Best of Citysearch awards in 2006 and 2007. Peering through high-caliber Nikon lenses, Al cultivates winsome smiles within his studio, using a combination of natural and studio lighting to accentuate eye color and play down tattooed-on five o’clock shadows. After sessions, subjects can view the shots online or as contact sheet proofs and decide which prints to transform into custom photo albums, copyright-released digital images, or gallery wall prints.:m]]
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Everyday Photo Class–owner Lana Kelley now helps students in her native Houston expand their photographic possibilities with a distilled version of her own scholarship and experience. Her custom curriculum breaks down the path to digital artistry into four two-hour classes—The Basics, Techniques, Perfection, and Picture Editing—that grant her students greater creative control as they learn to harness their cameras’ advanced features and change lenses with their feet.
Over his 25-year career in snapshottery, Jimmy Loyd has accumulated an impressive list of skills as freelance photojournalist for the Houston Chronicle, portraitist, and studio owner. An early adapter to the digital-camera revolution, he can capture digital or analog family portraits, professional headshots, and in-the-moment sports images with ease. Loyd also employs his expertise in intermittently scheduled classes and photo tours, which might occur on-location at the Houston Zoo or, for more candid shots, out in the wilderness where animals don't have access to stylists.