Worcester Photo Studios unveils a picture-snapping emporium to customers and photographers alike. Inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, a dozen shooting areas surround sessions in a wide range of settings, and mammoth bay doors grant access to larger-than-life props, such as cars, boats, and scale replicas of downtown Worcester. For shutterbugs lacking their own home base, the studio offers a membership program that includes use of its spaces; in the future, the studio plans to install a classroom, salon-style stations, and a kitchen set, complete with fully functioning appliances and a fully functioning Emeril Lagasse.
At the tender age of 6, Mark Cafiero received his first camera. Though it was broken and filled with cartoons his father had drawn of Mark and his sisters, that camera sparked an early interest in photography. Since then, that spark has erupted into a full-fledged passion, leading Mark to become a professional photographer who has snapped photos for hundreds of clients, including celebrities and professional athletes. To share his spark with others, Mark founded Chimpsy, a resource that helps photographers of all experience levels calibrate their skills with casual in-person and online classes.
Available in more than 30 cities across the nation, Chimpsy's two-hour crash course features a hands-on shooting session and campfire-style presentation on topics ranging from camera anatomy to photo composition. For home study, online classes help photographers—beginners and aspiring pros alike—get more from their pictures through two-hour video tutorials that cover photo-editing software, shooting tips and techniques, and steps on how to build a photography business. From the comfort of their bedrooms, students can watch these professional photographer-led tutorials live or replay previously recorded sessions. Along with instructional classes, Chimpsy offers shutterbugs a place to submit photos for contests with monthly prizes or for feedback from peers, pros, and sentient picture frames.
Flash House photographers draw from their impressive portfolios of commercial and personal picture taking as they inscribe holiday memories onto prints and paper greetings. An unrestricted number of family members or snowmen stand-ins don their matching sweaters for a 30- to 60-minute in-studio professional shoot. Image capturing artists utilize cutting edge equipment to emblazon selected grins onto prints and CDs, and retired stamp lickers find effective ways to diminish their stockpiles by sending out 25 greeting cards imprinted with the client's chosen pose. Patrons can choose photo sheets that contain one 8"x10", two 5"x7"s, three 4"x6"s, or eight wallets, and the prints can be of multiple poses.
Rick Bern discovers beauty and intrigue in even the most mundane details of the world about him. Fueled by that passion, he turned his photography hobby into a full-fledged career, publishing work in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and winning the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire.com. With an armada of Nikon cameras and gear suited to on-location and in-studio shoots, he spends his days snapping crisply composed photos during weddings and bar mitzvahs, as well as portrait sessions for actors, families, and kids. Having grown his business so successfully, today Rick surrounds himself with a team of equally skilled full-time shutterbugs to better cover a wide range of events and shoots, and promises a 100% money-back guarantee if his customers aren’t completely satisfied with their sessions. He also commits himself to the community by working with organizations such as March of Dimes and Youk’s Kids.
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.
The artful shutterbugs at RockRidge Photography train their experienced camera eyes on life’s memorable moments, celebrating occasions from weddings to engagements to family gatherings. Besides capturing images for personal mementos, they also extend their skills to architectural and business photography, taking crisp, clean shots for advertisements and publications.
Traditionally trained, Kathryn Costello started off shooting black-and-white film, using a zone system developed by Ansel Adams. Learning to manipulate light and composition with film cameras helped her succeed in using digital cameras, which she uses today to achieve the same a classic look. While her technical side is strong, Kathryn believes her photos really stand out because of her ability to capture honest human emotion. By working closely with clients on a personal level, she's able to draw those emotions out during portrait sessions. She also specializes in headshots for performers, professionals, authors, and individuals looking to enhance their social-media pages.