Looking back, Mischa and Brianne Purcell seem destined to have become photographers: Mischa was bitten by the shutterbug at the age of 8, when a family friend and photography professor first introduced him to the camera lens. Brianne started even earlier—when she was just 7, she put a camera on her Christmas list right when Santa had just secured the rights to manufacture celluloid. All these years later, the Purcells’ love of the art form hasn’t waned. They bring their enthusiasm and smiles to important events in people’s lives, including weddings.
As Mischa puts it in a video on his website, “It’s a true honor to be paid to create art around people’s love stories. It’s the best thing I could ever imagine doing.” This genuine passion comes through in his photographs. To capture the essence of each couple, the photographer thinks outside of the box. Aside from photos at the church, Mischa might have newlyweds pose in front of old buildings, on a truck bed, or simply in front of a bright blue sky. The photographers extend this sort of creativity to other types of sessions. They can photograph families in fields dotted by wildflowers or stay in their studio to carefully capture senior portraits. Mischa also shares his expertise during workshops, which teach the ins and outs of photography and postproduction.
Rita Temple, the professional shutterbug behind Temple Photography, strikes a balance between spontaneous, candid shots and artfully arranged composition when photographing her subjects. She makes natural light her plaything during outdoor shoots in which she directs newly engaged couples to kiss against the setting sun or captures kids at play. Temple Photography also dispatches photo booths and attendants to parties where up to eight guests can cram inside the booth and don props before snapping shots that materialize on take-home print strips.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We offer modern, touchscreen, open-air photo booths which are equipped with Pro DSLR Cameras, high-volume Dye-Sub color photo Printers, red carpets, satin stainless steel red belt stanchions, and personalized props to match the theme of your event.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We are the feel-good type of people who thrive off positive energy that emits from the smiles of happy folks! So in turn, our inspiration derives from enjoying the likes of company who love to smile, party, and enjoy a good time.
What do you love most about your job?
Capturing the aura of peace and happiness.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Many thanks and praises with hugs, high fives, and humble offerings of monetary value
The owners of Frozen Memories actually started working events as caterers, but they quickly realized something was missing from their range of services. They wanted to bring smiles and entertainment to parties, not just food. Then one fateful day, they attended a quinceanera with a photo booth, and in its flash bulbs, they saw the light. They decided to expand their business to include local photobooth service, with a few options beyond the traditional box. In addition to the traditional enclosure and props, there's an expansive open-air booth, complete with an inflated background that allows up to 16 people or four pygmy elephants to gather for a single photo.
Dennis Jones uses his photographic talents to capture the ineffable, striving to take photographs that are as unique as the people in them. To that end, he lets his clients choose the shoot location that best represents them, whether it’s at home, by a tranquil creek, or inside an enlarged replica of a kangaroo’s pouch. He and his crew specialize in portrait and wedding photography, which they offer in packages that include prints, digital images, and the sitting fee.
Lorena, the artist behind the lens at Precious Depictions Photography, specializes in natural-light photography. Her camera has captured the sun's rays as they shower the Golden Gate Bridge and the photons lighting up the beaming smiles of a family posed on smooth river rocks. Her gallery even features a baby curled up in a blanket on a guitar—a testament to the creative atmosphere of her shoots and an entirely new take on the lullaby.