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.
In 2007, Brandy Caruso transformed her lifelong passion for photography into a professional operation, where she specializes in customized portraits of expectant moms, newborns, families, and high school seniors. Whether chatting with adults, goofing off with kids, or patiently waiting for restless newborns to sleep, her informal demeanor helps set her subjects at ease. She snaps posed and candid shots inside her studio or out on location. After two to three weeks worth of editing, Brandy previews each image for her clients, who then select which pictures to preserve with boutique products such as custom framed prints, gallery wraps, and photo jewelry.
Signature Service: Childrens Fantasy Portraits
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Have your children's hair done and bring shorts to wear underneath dresses.
Photographer Michelle Rubi Solis isn't satisfied with a good picture. Instead, she keeps snapping photos until she gets one that captures the "little twinkle" in a subject's eye. It's likely not very hard to do as she specializes in fairy-tale portrait sessions, which take place in a magical forest setting complete with giant mushrooms and friendly forest creatures. A special background machine makes changing the scenery or adding in a UFO a snap.
Solis also transforms young women into fairy princesses with her Enchanted photo shoots, which sport vivid and romantic colors after a photo-editing session.
The husband-and-wife team that helms Sergio Vassio Photography knows that love can thrive in any ecosystem. They've held wedding and engagement photo shoots on beaches and rustic lakefronts in temperatures ranging from sweltering to freezing. They've conducted urban sessions throughout the city, inside an art gallery, and on a soccer field, where a bride to be wore a gown and posed as the goalie. The pictures from these various sessions might be disparate in color and style, but they all share vibrant personalities and an air of natural romance.
At their shoots, the duo combines candid stills with planned poses and photojournalism, resulting in a comprehensive, three-dimensional depiction of a couple. In addition to ordering albums or Italian-made photo books, patrons can schedule wedding packages with add-ons such as editing, slideshows, and videography. They also schedule sessions for family, high-school-senior, and children's portraits.
Whereas all photo booths print out images more or less instantly, Instabooth's model harbors a contemporary twist: it allows partygoers to instantly upload their high-resolution images to social-networking sites. With sights set on Facebook glory, up to 10 people can fit inside the sleekly designed booth, making it an ideal setting for group shots or tremendously cozy family dinners. Arcade-style buttons allow guests to choose between color or black-and-white shots lit by studio-grade lighting, and a 20-inch monitor displays the results prior to publication.