Rick Hilyard, the master artist behind Hilyard Photography, specializes in capturing beautiful portraits of the most dangerous subjects known to man, be they the elusive high-school senior, roving packs of smiling families, or the hotbeds of rage and contempt that are babies. Hilyard draws on his 10 years of experience to create a portraiture that reflects the indomitable personality of both the subject and the artist.
Led by Amitai 'Ami' Sela, the staff of Amitai Sela Photography works to create timeless, classic images that tell a story. Working creatively with clients, Ami, along with photographers, captures indelible portraits or candid shots at events in the style desired. Packages for the first year of a baby's life help to document everything from maternity shots to learning to stand, and wedding packages can include slideshows set to music and special-effects editing.
A member of the Camera Craftsmen of America, Tony Cilento has captured images of families, weddings, and famous subjects such as Cher and Pope John Paul II. At his studios across the country, he oversees the extensive training of each of his photographers until he's confident they can uphold his standards, which have garnered him the United Nations International Photographic Council award. The highly trained photographers provide impeccable service while photographing birthdays, holidays, weddings, moms-to-be, seniors, and families.
Bugs are fascinating, especially to a six-year-old strapped with a Mickey Mouse 110 camera. These creepily photogenic critters were the first subjects Studio Polaris photographer Maggie Lawler’s ever shot. Though she has since captured images of couples on their wedding day, seniors before their graduation, and canine products for a corporate vendor, Maggie still loves “to act like a five-year-old most days.” She finds the perfect shot by getting to know her clients and hearing their stories. With kids, she gets down to their level, asking them questions about their outfit, their favorite TV show, or their thoughts on whether cotton candy is better to eat or to wear as a wig. Once she’s built the foundation for a relationship, she begins shooting. She searches for the moments in between: the couple tenderly holding hands, the child wholeheartedly laughing. To catch these fleeting seconds, she doesn’t rely on fancy filters or equipment. “Anybody can own a Stradivarius,” she quips, “but not everyone can join the Boston Pops.” So rather than lean on technology’s crutch, she uses her artist’s eye, passed down the limbs of a family tree branched by her grandmother’s paintings and her father’s sculptures. Today, she still is constantly snapping photos, either with her SLR or iPhone, taking shots of her daughter or her neighbors in line at the supermarket. With her work at Studio Polaris, Maggie considers each photo shoot a blessing. “I mean,” she says, “how many families have my work on their walls? It’s awe inspiring. I’m blown away by it.”
Staffed by a creative crew of artists, graphic designers, and craftspeople, Social Confetti Events supplies a variety of event design services, including eye-catching, customizable photo booths for memorable occasions. Its sleek photo kiosks nestle within enclosed booths or stand out in the open, shooting at backdrops available in a number of event-complementing colors and fashionable patterns. A treasure trove of goofy props awaits subjects, and can be customized to match the event—for example, a "Yay for Love!" pennant aptly honor weddings and a tricornered pirate hat helps guests celebrate gold-coin-counting ceremonies. To forever cherish the evening, guests can leave with photo strips dispensed on site. A helpful attendant delivers the photo booth and sticks around to set it up, operate it, and break it down.
Social Confetti Events can also help clients with a variety of event design needs, including decor rentals, design assistance, and stationary services. Clients who book a photo booth rental are eligible for discount on these services.
Pix Perfect's photo specialists free party hosts from carrying around camera equipment by setting up and operating photo booths to capture special occasions. Specialists then hand guests prints of their smiling faces shortly after their session, gifting them with a keepsake of the event or at least a strip of paper to cover their eyes during scary movie scenes.
In her photographs, Michelle Black blends photojournalism and emotive portraiture to capture moments in an honest, effective style. In her children’s portraits, she emphasizes natural facial expressions, personality, and candid moments, either at home or a location of the customer’s choice. She also does artistic studies, documenting average routines, and offers sessions with specialty cameras such as Holgas. She also happily documents weddings and honeymoons.