When Olivia Weatherspoon trained as an oil painter, she didn’t just learn how to create eye-catching vignettes, but also how to beautify her subjects. This comprehensive approach now influences her photography business, where her training as a makeup artist helps her enhance features and complexions before she even picks up the camera. Whether in the studio or in sunlit outdoor settings such as docks, beaches, or parks, Weatherspoon strives to capture the best engagement photos and portraits of children or high school–seniors she can. She also helms boudoir shoots and underwater sessions, perfect for those interested in taking unconventional shots or impressing potential suitors on mermen dating sites.
As a child, Courtney Whitehurst kicked off her camera career in front of the lens as her mother took countless photos. Today, with a decade of experience, the skilled and friendly photographer captures and preserves moments within mantel-worthy kodachromes taken on location. The skilled shutterbug tailors each shoot by incorporating personal items, such as baby's first bottle rocket, or suggesting themes to help subjects ease into their memory-making session. Whitehurst spends at least five hours meticulously editing all photos from a shoot and places no limits on the amount of frames she snaps. She feels passionately about giving back to her community, and when she's not crafting crisp, personal images, she's volunteering with a number of local nonprofits.
Husband-and-wife photographers Diona and Chris are a perfect pair in more ways than one. Since forming DCWilliams Photography, the two have adopted a team approach to photo shoots, complementing each other’s camera styles and making sure that one-of-a-kind moments don’t go unphotographed.
During nuptial shoots, they split up to collect separate images of each spouse-to-be preparing to walk down the aisle, and at the reception, they track events from two angles with the concentration of seasoned journalists. For portrait sessions with families and youngsters, they stage their subjects against romantic, dreamy outdoor backdrops, such as a woodland clearing, a rustic railroad, or a swirling gateway to the netherworld. Their playful attitudes come across in their children's portraits, as kids carry flowers and smile through empty picture frames. On the other side of the spectrum, they also do boudoir shoots, positioning plush couches and bathtubs on the grass to support subjects’ sensual poses.
The bride seems unconcerned as the blue ocean waves lap around her billowing dream gown, turning the delicate white fabric into an organza sea creature. As the newlywed reclines on the beach, one of Blackstone Couture’s seasoned photographers snaps shots that immortalize the subject’s postwedding happiness. The laidback, whimsical nature of this Trash the Dress shoot exemplifies the business's dedication to creating stills that encapsulate the personality of each of their clients through a relaxed shooting style.
Blackstone Couture’s crew of experienced shutterbugs can be found shuttling its equipment around Jacksonville for onsite shoots at scenic landscapes or within a subject's home. The team works together to photograph all manner of life events, from weddings to portraits commemorating the day an entire extended family happened to wear the same sweater. Once they’ve screwed the caps back on their lenses, the photographers can edit imperfections from images and host them online, readying them for worldwide display.
Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.