Photography has progressed exponentially over the past century with the development of digital cameras, faster shutter speeds, and smiling. Capture the latest trends of emotional technology with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get a photography package at Positive Vista Photography & Art (a $380 value). The package includes:
- 60-minute studio shoot (a $98 value)
- Three medium-size digital JPEG files (a $94 value each; a $282 total value)
Photographer Portia Shao applies a keen artistic eye developed as a watercolor artist to capture headshots and family portraits in one-hour studio sessions. During the 60-minute studio session, Portia consults with her subjects as she snaps a series of poses, which can be jazzed up with wardrobe changes. Images from each snap of the shutter project onto an HDTV for immediate viewing, and clients get to select the images they wish to keep. After the shoot, Portia formats and tastefully retouches a trio of images on her computer and hands them over as medium-size digital JPEG files, which are ready to print out or display on the computer monitor above the fireplace.
Positive Vista Photography & Art
Professional photographer Portia Shao's artistic intuition imbues everything she captures on film, from her evocative portraiture to her impressionistic Polaroid SX-70 snap shots. Dividing her time between watercolor painting and photography, Portia seamlessly melds the two disciplines and exercises her skills across a wide range of subjects. Her landscapes portray the vastness of natural sites around the world, stitching multiple photos together to create panoramic scenes of the Himalayas at sunrise, and her portraiture draws out the essence of each subject she shoots, which makes for pictures more personal than a monogrammed set of headgear.
Beyond her own artistic vision, Portia strives to craft images that please her clients. Before each shoot, she leads visitors around her studio, leafing through samples, discussing clothing ideas, and devising lighting schemes. After each pop of the flash bulb, images show up directly on a high-definition TV, allowing for instantaneous feedback. Even with these fail-safe client-satisfaction measures in place, Portia stands by her work with a Be Thrilled or Bust guarantee, which promises a complimentary re-shoot or reprint if clients are unsatisfied with their shots.
Central Santa Cruz
303 Potrero St.
Santa Cruz, California 95060