Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Angel Malone—the owner and artist behind Photography by Angel—specializes in capturing creative images of families, children, and beloved pets. Malone can set up in-studio or on-location portrait shoots and outfit kids with a variety props that are worth a thousand words, such as fairy wings, electric guitars, or copies of War and Peace. She also travels to document weddings, and helps guests celebrate other occasions with Pizazz portrait parties that include dance music and a DVD slideshow with popcorn and refreshments.
Signature Service: Wedding photography and video, Quinceañeras
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Nikon and Canon for flash photography and Adobe CS5 [for] editing
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
With 18+ years of engagement and wedding experience and expertise, you'll be thrilled with the photos we deliver to you! Candid, contemporary, and artistic photos [that] will be fully edited, color-corrected, burned to DVD, and set up for your viewing pleasure on a password-protected website.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have an innate passion for the photographic process, fashion, and design. My mother, when I was very young, gifted me her Kodak35 camera she received as a college-graduation gift. Also, my father was a Navy photographer.
These things and much more inspire me every day to create great photos.
What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy delivering photos that thrill my clients and knock their proverbial socks off! I really love being behind the camera and capturing special moments in time.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
One of my most favorite clients jumped for joy when she viewed her wedding photos. I get a lot of pats on the back, "thanks for doing such a fabulous job." The best reaction is when a client gives me a glowing review and refers me to a friend. That truly is very gratifying and rewarding.
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