A proud member of the Professional Photographers of America, shutterbug Christopher Clark captures memorable images of families and high-school seniors. Families and their pets gladly grin in unison for portraits worthy of any wall, holiday card, or Wanted poster. Clark shows up for sittings at the locale of choice or snaps portraits in the cozy confines of his studio. A pre-portrait phone consultation ensures the photographer's expert staging skills bring out the best side of every two- or- four-legged member of the family. Portraits sized for wallets and frames commemorate shoots' success alongside linen-embossed pictorial depictions mounted on sturdy art board and ready to be framed and hung above the mantel.
Photographer Cindy has spent more than two decades running photo shoots and restoring aging snapshots, and at TWI Studios, she uses this accumulated savvy to shoot artful boudoir images of clients. She collaborates with her daughter Sarah, a Paul Mitchell–trained cosmetologist, who styles hair and applies makeup to create looks far sultrier than self-applied Groucho Marx greasepaint. The all-female environment puts subjects at ease as they let their inner vixen loose, strutting for the camera in provocative outfits or lingerie.
No one wants to throw away the records, photos, and videos from their youth, but the shifting media landscape and physical deterioration makes savoring the moments they contain more difficult with every passing year. That race to preserve these precious moments is what keeps A1 Media Services’ staffers coming to work, where they transfer analog media such as VHS, Beta, Digital8, and MiniDV into more lasting DVD and CD formats. The trained technicians are adept at ironing out the problems facing the aging media they’re transferring, clearing away the darkened grime and wrinkle marks from old photos and editing out record imperfections such as scratch marks and backward messages of your mom telling you to clean your room. The transferred CDs and DVDs come encased with their own personalized label, allowing clients to easily find the pictures while minimizing the space needed for storage.
Husband-and-wife photography team Christina and Aaron Patton established Boudoir by Wallflower, a studio dedicated almost exclusively to boudoir photography, to capture the beauty in women of all shapes and sizes. In an op-ed for WomensFocus, the Pattons described boudoir as "about building confidence and discovering a side of yourself that you have either forgotten, never knew existed, or just don't let out enough." During shoots, the photographers provide their subjects with 12 different sets and a collection of more than 500 garments, including lingerie, shoes, and peep-toe tube socks. In this assemblage of video confessions, clients speak to the Pattons' professionalism, their experience with boudoir, and how comfortable they felt during their shoots.
Master photographer Trey Allen boasts a resumé of national awards and the experience of snapping shutters for nearly 30 years. He brings that expertise to portrait sessions that frame subjects with copiously colored and styled studio backgrounds or five acres of gardens, wildflower fields, and stone patios along the Little Arkansas River—though he can also travel to a more personally significant destination, such as the site where a couple shared their first meatball sub. Trey readies subjects for each shoot with extensive online tips for session preparation, and reveals the fruits of each shoot at a proofing session as early as the next day. From there, patrons determine which shots are worthy of graduating to one of Trey's prints or digital-image CDs prepped in-studio by his highly knowledgeable staff within a month after the shoot.
When she was eight years old, Nichole Conard’s grandparents gave her the gift of a camera. Since that day, she’s seen the world through the eye of her camera lens. She worked for other photography companies, earning promotions and publication, before she finally realized her dream of opening her own studio, RedRock Photography. When the business grew too big for Nichole to handle alone, she turned to her sister-in-law, Jennifer Baldwin. A passionate shutterbug and photojournalist, Jennifer joined the company as a co-owner and photographer. Today, Nichole focuses on the studio's Wichita branch while Jennifer maintains the Emporia branch.
Today, the sisters-in-law are busy shooting all types of portraits. Nichole has amassed more than 20 years of professional portrait experience, and Jennifer’s been shooting professionally for six years, allowing them to draw from a wealth of experience as they capture family photos, maternity shots, and one-person portraits, as well as their specialty: children’s photography. Sessions at their studio are private and unrushed, and outdoor shoots capture images in a single natural background. During Cruise sessions, the photographer and subject travel around, stopping to take photographs with unique locations, striking landscapes, or curiously grinning cats.