Founder and professional shutterbug Mike Freeland calls on more than two decades of photographic experience and camera-handling in shoots ranging from staged portraiture to mostly improvised weddings. Joined by a team of 10 other photo pros, Freeland Photography captures moments during special and corporate events, documents images for commercial businesses' new products, facilities, and client interactions, provides photo coverage for political or advertising campaigns, and invites families into the studio to strike poses before being frozen in carbonite. Freeland Photography was recently inducted into The Knot's Wedding Hall of Fame.
When he was a child, Michael Russell spent a lot of time in his father’s darkroom, watching and helping him develop photographs. As Russell grew into an adult, he still loved photography but opted to pursue a career in front of the camera as a television news reporter. Even as he interviewed celebrities, presidents, and wax statues of presidents, he found himself most engaged with shooting his own video, and with framing shots of natural landscapes and wildlife. He eventually would leave his broadcasting career to teach photography full time, and venture on expeditions to scenic vistas and art fairs. During Russell’s workshops, his picture-snapping protégés can pick his brain as they practice various photography concepts and sample professional lenses.
Brooks Institute of Photography attendee Kevin Keith, alongside of his wife Ashley, has chalked up more than seven years of wedding and lifestyle photography experience. With subjects dressed their best in wedding frocks and dapper tuxedos, the husband-and-wife team captures every moment of the momentous occasion, from their first glances at each other before the ceremony to the tail of the limousine as it drives away from the reception.
Candid moments like these are the signature of Kevin Ashley Photography, where Kevin and Ashley work together on wedding and engagement photo shoots, along with portraits and lifestyle photography. In addition to directing poses and snapping photos, Kevin and his wife have been imparting their wisdom to aspiring photographers for more than five years by sharing tips and techniques during private lessons and group photography workshops. And for those who prefer to take photographic matters into their own hands, Kevin Ashley Photography also rents out a LIGHTBOX photo booth for events and parties.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Master of henna creates a wonderful experience for ladies' nights, birthday parties, and bridal showers. One-hundred percent natural henna blended with the best essential oils provides a beautiful stain. Freestyle unique designs make you stand out.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Henna master is a talented tattoo designer skilled in traditional and contemporary designs.
What do you love most about your job?
Creating a unique experience that blends beautiful body art with cultural intrigue.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"I love my henna. I get compliments everywhere I go, and I can't wait to get another one once this fades."
After spending 32 years enriching the lives of children as an educator, Dr. Gwen Larson Morris shifted career paths when her passion for photography led her to found Gwen Morris Studio. With an artistic approach that she describes as "painting with light, highlights, and shadows," Morris uses natural elements to create inimitable portraits for her clients, whether she's snapping maternity pictures, senior pictures, or canine law-school-graduation pictures. As comfortable in the classroom as she is behind a camera, Morris leads aspiring photographers and shutterbugs through workshops in the art of memory preservation, helping them grasp the inner workings of their cameras while finding their own photographic style.
Emily of Creative Enterprises masters a range of art forms, from photography and graphic design to music and marketing. She specializes in photo sessions for weddings, couples, kids, and commercial ventures, imbuing each with crisp compositions through her fine art approach to photography. Through graphic design she can craft business cards, letterheads, and yard signs, and her marketing skills extend to maintaining company blogs and social media. Website designing, branding, and print marketing are also within her realm of expertise.