Growing up on her grandparents' tiny farm in North Carolina, Hannah would while away the hours shooting pictures of the area's animals, trees, and flowers. By high school, that passion for pictures turned into a job at the mall taking family portraits. Later, she received a high-end camera from her grandmother one fateful Christmas. That was the impetus to start her own business. At 22, she has set a brisk pace for her burgeoning company, finding excitement in all photographic opportunities. She loves working with families, kids, and newborns to create meaningful images that last. With her trained eye, she also covers weddings, engagements, and graduations. As a wife of a marine, she relishes the chance to photography military homecomings, too.
At Hawaii School of Photography, a symphony of clicking shutters and flashing lights fills the various classrooms during digital, traditional, and professional photography classes. As a school devoted to commercial photography, the company offers classes on DSLR basics, how to create lighting, and how to advance a career as a professional photographer. Courses are held in the studio or on-location, and the website also offers online course and free lessons. The school and studio is helmed by award-winning professional photographer and lighting expert Dr. Stephen Dantzig, whose work has appeared on 22 regional and national magazine covers and who's published many books and articles on the art of lighting.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves.
For more than 10 years, PopUpPics has captured party guests at their wackiest with portable photo booths. Their team of trained photo booth attendants handles every phase of the rental process, from setting up and outfitting subjects with props to passing out prints and carting away the booth when the party is over. Rental packages also include a USB drive packed with the evening's photos and a Facebook event gallery, which saves hosts the trouble of recreating the night via construction paper, Elmer's glue, and macaroni.
Susan Page Modeling trains aspiring actors and models, so it's no wonder that its photographers know how to snap artistic photos. Whether clients seek portraits of their babies, kids, or high-school seniors, the staff produces images with flair. Staying true to the business's original focus, they also take photos for fashion portfolios and offer styling beforehand.