Photographs provide a more concrete way of recording recollections than sketching portraits in sand or dictating memoirs to an empty jam jar. Preserve precious memories with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a one-hour personalized photo session (up to $199) and one 11"x14" print ($28) from Darkroom Divas (up to a $227 value). Based on availability, the sessions can take place on-site at the following locations:
- Laingsburg's downtown district or a local park
- A beach in Sleepy Hollow state park
- Michigan State University's Horticulture Gardens
- Lansing's downtown district surrounding the MSU campus
- The park or historical district at Central Park in Okemos
Each Darkroom Divas portraits package is tailored to individual customers, ensuring potential portrait subjects get exactly what they want out of their session. The one-hour session ($99) gives framed faces ample time to showcase signature laughs, smiles, and smirks. After the session, human camera targets get the opportunity to chose an 11"x14" print from 10 proofs taken in the session. For women looking to encapsulate their sensual side in million-word images for their special someone, one-hour boudoir sessions ($199) can be shot wherever subjects feel most comfortable, whether it be on the beach, in a bed, or surrounded by lingerie-clad Keebler elves in the trunk of an oak tree.
"I believe every person is a handmade work of art," confides Amy, owner of Darkroom Divas. The ebullient photographer ditches stagnant portrait sittings for shoots that accentuate each subject's inimitable qualities. Crisp lines and contrasting textures set off senior portraits, and unconventional locales make each wedding portrait a shared journey in itself. For her boudoir shoots, Amy edits each image, smoothing the skin and touching up blemishes to render each photograph worthy of appearing in a magazine or on limited runs of the two-dollar bill.
Amy also turns a fresh eye to the community, teaching beginning and advanced photography classes as well as offering up her shutter skills to charities such as the Shiawassee County Humane Society.