Before becoming business partners, Jonathan and Lindsay Betz fell in love in the shadow of the St. Louis Arch. When they first met, John was just beginning a photography career while volunteering as a firefighter and Lindsay was a music therapist serving children with special needs. After their marriage, they both agreed that the perfect backdrop for their new life together needed more mountains and fewer geometry-inspired landmarks, so they went on road trips to find the perfect place to build a home and raise a family. They eventually landed in Colorado Springs, where their two children now frolic through grassy fields while Jonathan snaps photos amid the Rockies.
A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Jonathan's work has graced the pages of the New York Times. When he isn't capturing the candid smiles of high school seniors or families, or chronicling the happiest moments at weddings, he stays busy in the lab, retouching each image he captures to ensure that all colors are balanced and all Waldos are accounted for. He also hosts four-week, six-week, and one-day workshops, during which he fills students in on fundamental skills, image editing, and how to turn a photography hobby into a business.
Charlie Dunn found his calling when he saw a photographer shoot a wedding, producing memorable pictures that had a profound emotional effect on the people who received them. Charlie wanted to be a part of that, so he honed his skills studying under the very photographer who inspired him. Two years later he struck out on his own and founded Photography Dunrite Studios. Today, Charlie shoots weddings as often as family portraits, working equally well on location—the stream in South Shooks Run Park is a favorite spot to take pictures—or in his 2,000-square-foot studio, which features cinematic-style backdrops to spice up any shoot.
Devin Hanson's photography can be described as painterly. This is clear by the way he combines natural backdrops and his subjects, while capturing their emotions and personality. He applies his artful approach while shooting weddings as well as portrait sessions for families, couples, and kids.
Feminine Studios' all-female team supports clients during fun-and-flirty photo shoots. Photographers teach clients how to achieve sultry poses akin to a supermodel or Dita Von Teese. Professional makeup artists and hairstylists transform clients into bombshells, and photo retouching cleans up shots and helps make them shine.
Spicy boudoir poses and pin-up-style portraits with an assortment of props, or babies playing with hats and splashing in the bath. Sandy Puc’ specializes in these and other styles of photography. When the award-winning photographer isn't snapping shots, she shares her love of photography and connects with budding shutterbugs worldwide through speaking engagements and services such as Sandy Puc’ University and Ukandu––a store for photography tools. In Denver, she runs photography courses where students go from learning the basics of DSLR cameras to photographing a live model and receiving group critiques. When she’s not discussing and teaching photography, Sandy practices it along with her colleague Helen Noakes during sessions with kids, high school seniors, families, and individuals.
Element One Photography's owner and lead photographer Kim Kowalczik pays great attention to every detail about her business. Ms. Kowalczik assembled everything in her studio, from the vibrant backdrops, to the professional lighting, to the staffers themselves. She works alongside a professional team of photographers and certified makeup artists, who in turn work closely with photo subjects of all ages. They capture families, newborns, couples, and graduating students, being sure to combine both posed and candid shots. Photogs can also work with pets, which is rare considering they typically refuse to appear in anything but film. Additionally, Element One Photography isn't confined to its studio. Its photographers travel on-location for photo shoots in homes, parks, or other photogenic locales.