The best photographers rise to the top by practicing, while second-best photographers rise to the top by shooting blackmail photos of the first-best. Get snapped with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a portrait session (an $150 value) and a $250 credit at The Gallery G (a $400 total value).
The Gallery G's photographer Rich Goncher employs his more than 25 years of experience to convey the countenances of graduating seniors, families, and makeshift models, enhancing and retouching every image shown to clients. Posing persons pick any location up to 25 miles from the Four Points Centre for the shoot, such as a park, backyard, or underwater bowling alley. During the 90-minute senior portrait session, savvy students can commemorate their final year of high school in multiple locations, yielding about 50 pictures for review. Time alone limits the number of outfit changes, meaning seniors can pose wearing several of their favorite outfits or 12 of their favorite lederhosen. Alternatively, up to six family members can pose for an hour-long on-location shoot that yields 20 to 30 images for review. The browse-able image set from either session arrives in clients' homes, and can be brought to life in UV-coated 8"x10" ($85),11"x14" ($105), or 16"x20" prints ($199), splayed across a stretched 8"x10" or larger canvas ($179+), or purchased on a disc ($150-$1,000).
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At one wedding he was commissioned to photograph, Rick encountered an album-destroying problem: the groom and groomsmen were all in the US Secret Service and insisted on not having their pictures taken. Not wanting to sacrifice the party's memories, Rick calmly assured them no one would ever discover their real identities, adjusted his camera's focus, and gathered the men into the frame. Later, as he developed the film, Rick kept his promise and retouched every photo in which the men appeared—by drawing a black censor bar over each of their eyes in permanent marker. Whether shooting events or private portraits, Rick continues to apply that same level of consideration as he documents the personalities of local families and high-school seniors, just as he's done for the past 25 years.
Though trained in lighting and composition as a traditional portrait photographer, Rick prefers to take a candid approach that lets his clients have fun with their sessions and be themselves. He snaps both black and white and vibrant color images, which can be retouched—another passion of his—by seamlessly integrating special effects, enhancing color and contrast, or replacing each subject's face with Benjamin Franklin's. Rick performs on-location sessions exclusively, finding life in backdrops as disparate as the middle of Congress Avenue and docks by the downtown lake, either of which he manipulates within the shutter to properly complement his subjects.
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