Barquin Photography, formerly Lil' People Portrait Gallery, is a studio steered by husband-wife team Carlos and Eli Barquin. As parents themselves, they know how important it is to get portraits of kids before they grow up and become surly tax accountants, so they offer clients a special Le Bebe collection. This captures pictures of kids at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.
Carlos, the former chief photographer for Telemundo's morning show from 2000 to 2009, snaps images of the kids, and Eli, a former first-grade school teacher, wrangles them together and keeps them smiling.
Carlos and Eli work alongside Armando Pico, who shoots the studio's senior portraits and is a wedding photographer, as well as Javier Uria and Gino Reyes, the sports and school shutterbugs. Then there's Sandra Gutierrez-Uria, who retouches photos and erases immature hand gestures made by imaginary friends. Clients get to review these photos on the lobby's flat-screen TV.
Hip-hop mogul Rick Ross stands planted firmly amid wisps of fog, flashing the peace sign at the camera without meeting its gaze. Elsewhere, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs dons a “Vote or Die” shirt, urging rally members to cast their ballots as red and blue balloons embellished with white stars float above his head. These are just a couple of striking images captured by Unique Photography & Design's founder Maicol Diaz, a Colombian-born artist who prides himself on his creative and spiritual approach to photography and life. In addition to snapping portraits of household names and fashion models, Diaz aims his camera at everyday subjects, taking thought-provoking pictures of Biscayne Blvd and ocean waters being parted by speedboats frolicking in their natural habitat.
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What stood out at first was how professional he was. I wanted a photo-shoot at 6 in the morning while the sun rises and no other photographer I reached out to was willing to do it. He was very professional and was ready to help me get maternity photos of my dreams. He did nothing but that and more!
Memorable weddings are marked by a mix of traditional moments and fun-filled spontaneity, and Kevin Luna is there to capture it all. He's passionate about photographing weddings, and spends time getting to know the happy couple before their big day, in order to ensure his photos perfectly capture the unique personalities of the bride and groom. But wedded bliss isn't the only emotion Kevin immortalizes: his studio boasts sleek hardwood floors and expansive windows that flood the room with natural light—perfect for capturing sleeping newborns and napping families. There, he also directs and photographs boudoir photo shoots that yield flirty images, each one completely customized through the use of props, backdrops, and lighting effects.
Jett Studios' expansive studio in the heart of Miami Lakes' busiest shopping center plays host to photo sessions of all sorts. Whether in search of a boudoir session or a family portrait, clients can choose from 50 different settings capable of creating iconic and unique images. During each shoot, the studio's shutterbugs pride themselves on capturing unique moments that showcase their clients' personalities. And the photographers are aided by a team of makeup artists and retouchers who ensure the photographs translate into beautiful printed image.
Ezzy Shot Studios is a photography studio, darkroom, video facility, and learning center all wrapped up in one location. Large wraparound windows and equipment such as strobes and soft boxes furnish the 1,000-square-foot studio, and the darkroom promotes the tradition of black-and-white silver printing. There’s also an editing facility with the latest nonlinear editing tech and a digital darkroom with Mac Pros, iMacs, and color printers. They can help with web design as well, and their workshops cover all areas of photography and digital design.