Professional photographer James Cucinotta snaps pictures with a photojournalistic style and creative techniques to transform life’s ephemeral moments into enduring art. During a session, families of up to six, mothers-to-be, babies, and humans who have woken up as bugs relax under Cucinotta's friendly manner to expose long-dormant smiles in the natural light of the great outdoors or the indoor arena of a professional studio. Customers can follow up their session by fawning over images online and perfecting flaws, such as animal transmutations and phantom second heads, through the magic of Cucinotta Images' digital retouching. The favored photo will then materialize as a family of one 8"x10" and twin 5"x7" doppelganger prints.
Bright eyes and toothless smiles are regularly flashed at Little Nest Portraits, where the photographers specialize in children's portraiture. Owner Laura Novak and her quirky, talented staff love to fish for spontaneity and smiles during in-studio and outdoor photo shoots. Like backwards magicians, their trick is preparation: they chat with families beforehand to run down the session, pick up personality traits, and dish out tips such as what to wear. After frames are snapped, their home-design specialists can augment the prints with accessories such as hand-painted frames, canvas wraps, and gallery mounts.
Moments are captured in the comfortable studio, which creates a natural aesthetic with charming textures and a blend of modern furniture and antiques. Not content with merely decorating walls and mantels, the studio also strives to make its community more beautiful, giving back to a number of charities and working with school fundraiser programs.
Photo-shoot participants typically need to focus on striking poses and holding smiles, but Crystal Jenkins asks her subjects to perform a much simpler task: drink tea. During tea-party sessions at Crystal's Photography Studio, guests enjoy complimentary beverages, as well as each other's company, while Crystal unobtrusively snaps candid shots. The events can even take on an Alice in Wonderland theme, where participants don their best Mad Hatter, Dormouse, and March Hare costumes. Though Crystal applies this candid approach elsewhere, such as wedding ceremonies, she encourages posing when working with her other clients, including kids, families, and models.
Diana Pieper doesn't just strive for technically sound pictures—ones that exhibit artful balance, composition, and lighting—she wants her photos to go beyond the standard to say something meaningful about the people photographed. Before and during shoots, Diana gets to get to know her clients so that, as she looks into the lens, she can work to showcase elements of their personality. This same approach drives all of her work, from photo shoots with toddlers to high school senior photos to wedding ceremonies.