People once believed that photography stole a piece of the subject’s soul, which is why old-style photographers protected their clients by covering them in sepia-tone paint. Banish superstition with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get an Ultimate Photo Element portrait package (a $309 value), plus a gift certificate for half off your next basic session (up to a $75 value), from Photo Element. The package includes:
- A one-hour studio portrait session for up to five people (a $175 value)
- Two 5" x 7" prints (a $60 value)
- Eight wallet prints (a $24 value)
- One online video slideshow (a $50 value)
- A free personal viewing session
Photographers Julie Luehrs and Tait DeBaca capture clients’ unique personalities during playful portrait sessions from Photo Element, which they opened together in 2004. Groups of up to five people talk with Julie or Tait about what they want from their portraits, then meet the photographer at home or on location to smile, pose, and engage cameras in one-hour staring contests. Clients can then view proofs online to select their favorites for gracing two 5" x 7" and eight wallet prints, and entertain family, friends, and curious passers-by with an online video slideshow.
Photo Element Studio
Photo Element Studio is a photographer’s dream—the interior is a Rubik’s cube of different settings, colors, and backdrops, and the half-acre garden studio has rural, rustic charms such as a rushing creek and a tattered shed. For photographers Tait and Julie DeBaca, the studio is the setting for their family, newborn, and high-school-senior portrait sessions. Many of the photographs in the duo’s portfolio have saturated, contrasting colors, which help to accentuate the green trees and blue skies of an outdoor shoot or highlight the subjects’ faces and emotions of a black-and-white photo against a white backdrop. The photographers also let the sun's natural light impart a sense of warmth, but not like the one you get in your cheeks when someone catches you eating ice cream straight from the carton with your finger.
2525 15th St.
Denver, Colorado 80211