Studio La Femme photographers Meghan Rolfe and Jessie Vera Cruz have spent years perfecting their boudoir and pin-up photography methods. Above all, they have learned to customize their approach to flatter each individual’s appearance, style, and recently manifested superpower. The result is a portfolio that ranges from playful to serious, and uses bedrooms, a professionally lit studio, or the outdoors as backdrops for their models. Meghan and Jessie aim to draw out subjects’ personalities in their images by creating setups that exude each subject’s character. As such, clients may find themselves stretched out in the grass or kicking up a red pump as a pinup model while exposing only as much as they feel comfortable with.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
More than just a picture, my images tell a story.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
What do you love most about your job?
Interacting with my clients.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
For now I know the true meaning of the phrase. A moment in time. And one than will live on forever
in our memory.
Take a look through David Grooms's photo portfolio, and an array of little stories manifest themselves. A baseball player slides into third as the baseman watches for the incoming throw. A young girl shows off the panoramic gap where her baby teeth once were. Chubby-cheeked babies consider a pile of Easter eggs with confusion. The breadth of David's subjects displays his talent for eyeing up memorable moments, capturing grinning families and embracing newlyweds. This wide knowledge extends to both on-location and in-studio shoots, where he manipulates the available light to produce strikingly composed pictures.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
During classes at Your Photo Safari, a certified professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
As a husband, father, and grandfather, Phil Hyman understands the importance of family. Marshalling 40 years of experience, he brings an educated eye to each shot's composition and lighting, capturing sentimental or significant moments in portrait sessions for families and kids either on location or in the studio. His business is a family affair: his team includes Alex and Becky Hyman, who work closely with clients, planning each session down to the last detail and fostering a comfortable atmosphere in which clients can freely express themselves.