Professional shutterbug Joe McKenney artfully captures families, children, and mothers-to-be, transposing ephemeral moments into future family heirlooms with retouching and photo-printing services. Hailing from his native Biddeford, Joe snaps studio and on-location shots, drawing on his knowledge of the area to scope out scenic backdrops and his degree from the Hallmark Institute of Photography to frame up memorable images. Joe's lens snatches up the light given off by weddings, business portraits, and high school seniors, clicking feverishly through untimed photo sessions, unlimited outfit changes, and unimpeded werewolf transformations six days a week.
Dan Doke discovered his passion for photography as a teenager, eventually turning his beloved hobby into a career after purchasing his first studio in his 20s. After building a thriving business with portrait and senior-photo portfolios, Doke moved his studio closer to his family and began to focus on wedding photography full time. Today, the seasoned shutterbug dangerously overloads his mantelpiece with a wealth of awards and honors, ranging from a membership in the Society of XXV to his status as a Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. Doke’s polished black-and-white and color prints have graced the covers of more than 30 magazines, including Gala, La Bella Bride, and Studio Photography, and his expertise won him a spot in 2005 as a photographer at an inaugural ball for President George W. Bush, where he was responsible for capturing candid portraits of heads of state, governors, lawmakers, and dignitaries. Along with the team of photographers he has personally trained, Dan produces high-contrast, post portraits of families and pets that range from traditional outdoor and studio shots to high-concept editorials.
Lightshed Photography Studio’s three heads—Daniel St. John, Kendra Hack, and Robert Reynolds—are not just photographers, but well-rounded visual artists. St. John began his career with pencil sketches, whereas Hack spent years sculpting, and Reynolds wielded a paintbrush well into college. The trio’s medium-spanning backgrounds shine through in their shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors, which pop with bright colors or elegant black-and-white contrasts edited in after the shoot.
The photographers divide their portrait shoots into two parts, seguing smoothly from traditional poses to more experimental shots as subject-selected tunes thump in the background. Beforehand, subjects hash out their shoot’s details in a consultation which covers specifics from proper dress and prop options to which Madam Tussauds' figurine will pose as their spouse. Afterward, subjects spend a viewing session perusing the best 40 or so proofs from the hundreds of shots snapped in their session, enjoying complimentary coffee or wine in the process.
At Natural Exposures Photography, founder and professional photographer Gaye Hilsenrath relies on natural lighting in outdoor settings to document milestones with clarity and realism. Most photo projects begin with face-to-face consultations, during which clients can voice their desires for the shoot. After the on-location photo session, the staff helps immortalize subjects' special moments by putting together leather-bound photo albums, custom framing images, and chiseling families' faces into Mount Rushmore.
At Tsukroff Photography, shutterbug duo Nathan and Susan capture significant moments in clients' lives through in-studio and on-location photo shoots. For more than three decades, the two have snapped shots of thousands of graduating seniors, hundreds of brides, and one shrub that looked like a dinosaur from far away. After decades of practice, they have their photography process down to a science: Nathan mans the camera as Susan tweaks hair and clothing for picture-perfect aesthetics.
Life is fleeting, but that doesn't stop Jennifer and Michael Moore from trying to catch it at every turn. The couple creates timeless artifacts at their portrait studio in Westbrook, snapping images of newborn babies, newly wedded couples, or newly discovered millionaire uncles. Their portfolio includes dozens of photographs of people and natural landscapes, each artistically rendered in black-and-white or vivid color.