Flying Turtle Photography captures indelible images of kids and families during intimate snapfests. Photographer Melissa Gilbert brings a nuanced touch to maternity and newborn sessions, snatching honest expressions from tykes and proud parents. Flying Turtle’s 2,000-square-foot boutique studio illuminates compositions with both industry and natural light as Melissa puts her subjects at ease in front of a multitude of backgrounds. Alternatively, scenic outdoor spots set a natural backdrop for wedding photos, baby portraits, and Arbor Day publicity fliers, all of which can be printed by the studio.
Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.
The backdrop for pictures at AnnaMarie Photography can be customized to match the feel of any session, as can the wardrobe full of tutus, dresses, ties, and hats that photo subjects can don. The photographer captures a range of subjects both in and out of the studio: toddlers, teens, expectant mothers, recent grads, pin-ups, and wedding parties. She even snaps scenic photos of outdoor scenes, such as boats in a harbor or boats in a kiddie pool so they give a proper pout. And her pin-up photo shoots will make the subject look and feel their sexiest.
Studio Innovations lives up to its name, and the proof is in its galleries of quirky and original portrait sessions. Whether photographing babies, high-school seniors, or genius babies graduating high school, the staff never hesitates to incorporate creative props into the high-contrast, boldly colored prints. Nowhere are the studio's ace editing skills more on display than in their pinup shoots, which capture coquettish frames of ladies amid vintage kitchen and dinner backdrops. Gals can transform their best shots into a calendar, deck of playing cards, or leather-bound portfolio.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Taryn Starkey is a public school teacher with 7
years in professional photography. When she is not teaching art and photography, she is raising her two children ages 2 and 6 months.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
When I went to college I took photography classes and worked in an office with a studio. However, it wasn't until I had children of my own that I realized that portraits just weren't in our budget. being able to connect with families and give them a service at a reasonable price makes me happy.
What do you love most about your job?
The best thing about my job is hearing the feedback I get when a client receives their package.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"She does such an amazing job!!! And is always so patient with my boys."
Growing up, Che Graves always had a pencil in his hand. He's always been eager to express himself through art, and once he was old enough to trade his pencil for a camera, there was no turning back. Working as a photo-lab manager taught Che how to understand light and use it to his advantage, and though he shifted from film to digital photography, he still credits his stint in the lab with teaching him to paint with light. Today, he uses his creative drive and his technical know-how to shoot portraits that "are designed to bring out a personality that may be hidden by life," he says. Weddings, family portraits, and boudoir shoots compose a large portion of his portfolio, which also includes landscape and architectural photography. Silly or sensuous, warm or mysterious, every image Che crafts is intended to reveal the individual subject's beauty.