At Pharaoh Studios, owner and master photographer James F. Edwards peeks through his lens to capture the complex and singular personalities of actors, models, and families. In doing so, he consults with his clients and incorporates their ideas when staging group portraits, senior pictures, or headshots. He can then touch up the best photos and transform them into specialty items, including posters and zed cards, which showcase an actress or model's finest photographs.
When not shooting within his professional studio, Edwards and his camera travel on-location and through time to encapsulate moments at weddings and birthday parties.
Eugene Tsipenyuk describes photography as "addictive." Having a camera in his hand, he says, helps him understand the world more deeply. And perhaps more importantly, explains Eugene, it helps him nab candid, natural shots of his subjects. Instead of instructing them to strike a stiff pose and say "cheese-wheel dreams," Eugene achieves images of "spontaneous, real-life, fleeting moment[s]" with his signature unobtrusiveness. Clients rely on YtyPhoto for wedding and special event photography, as well as family portraits.
Based in a 7,000-square-foot loft with 20 sets for photos, the staff at Modern Love Photography offers clients a unique photography experience. The team is led by lead photographer, owner, and creative director Denise Birdsong. In 2015, she was named "Best in Show" by the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. She also teaches boudoir photography across the globe and was a featured speaker at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference. Under her direction, the crew works to capture both candid and posed pictures. The studio, a member of the Professional Photographers of America, also hosts beauty portrait and boudoir sessions, utilizing a variety of sets and an ample collection of lingerie and garments. They've also been lauded by publications such as I Do Venues and The Knot for their on-site shoots.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I've been full-time portrait, fashion, and event photographer since 2013. Awarded 2014 Best Photographer by the San Francisco Fashion Awards.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My biggest inspirations are fashion photographer greats such as Mario Testing & Patrick Demarchelier.
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is being able to create great work with our people and seeing the positive reaction from my clients.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
As the business name suggests, the stars of PawPawrazzi Pet Photography aren't humans. Anne Mary, the resident photographer and artist, specializes in environmental portraits of cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, and other pets, as well as their owners. She lets people pose in front of the camera as well of course, capturing the bond between pets and their owners. The photographer doesn't start snapping right away, however. She takes ample time to walk, play, and meet with animals, helping put pets at ease. She also keeps several pets herself, including cats and Leo, the business' dog mascot who secretly moonlights as one of the world's most prolific fashion photographers.
The word "moodology" isn't in the dictionary. Nonetheless, the term, coined by photographer Curtis Jermany, best encapsulates his work, which he describes as "the practice of photographically capturing your many moods." To achieve this, Curtis casts his portraiture subjects in heavy shadow, dramatically emphasizing the sheen of sweat on a young boxer or the fretboard of a talented musician's guitar. While Curtis mans the camera, his team of makeup artists and stylists helps ensure that every pose-striker feels comfortable and confident.
Available for commercial and private work both in the studio and on-location, Curtis's clients range from fashion models to families, kids, and high school seniors. Besides snapping his own photos, Curtis teaches classes that help amateur shutterbugs avoid rookie mistakes such as filling entire rolls of film with close-up pictures of your eye.