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 $35, you get a studio session, one 8"x10" print, and eight wallet-sized photos (a $142 value), plus 15% off additional print purchases at Pro Studio in McDonough. Helmed by former Kennedy-family photographer Ronnie Owings and located in a century-old cottage, Pro Studio offers an atmospheric setting for nearly any type of portraiture. Filled with antique furniture and accoutrements, the studio contains myriad options for the detail-oriented memorializer. Customers can choose from a wide range of props and backdrops, including abstract or figurative paintings and traditional muslins, or they can rely on the resident staff to lend their set-crafting expertise. Owings' considerable photographic chops, which have been showcased in numerous books and magazines, make for a streamlined portraiture experience divested of the typical strained smiles and bullet-sweating. After the session, you'll get to choose your favorite shot, which will then be immortalized in both an 8"x10" print and eight wallet-sized snaps, more of which can be purchased at 15% off.
Ronnie Owings began his photographic career when Robert Kennedy hired him to snap candid photos at family parties. His ability to turn fleeting moments into professional, elegant images has led to a flourishing career, and his work has appeared in magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Art & Antiques, and Elegant Bride.
Ronnie's reassuring demeanor relaxes subjects into natural poses— whether he's handing a toddler a favorite toy instead of a boring prop, or calming a yapping dog with a bone that tastes like a mailman's slacks. The resulting prints of families, kids, high-school seniors, or beloved pets take on an almost dream-like state, enhanced by digital effects such as text or oil painting. Shoots take place at his studio, which was built in 1899. Antique furniture and props still dot the interior, as do rustic fireplaces and a front porch that lends a visual glimpse of a more relaxing era. Outdoor paths wind through groves of waterfalls and azaleas, all leading to a barn that houses a living room and library, ideal for family portraits.