Flying Turtle Photography captures indelible images of kids and families during intimate snapfests. Photographer Melissa Gilbert brings a nuanced touch to maternity and newborn sessions, snatching honest expressions from tykes and proud parents. Flying Turtle’s 2,000-square-foot boutique studio illuminates compositions with both industry and natural light as Melissa puts her subjects at ease in front of a multitude of backgrounds. Alternatively, scenic outdoor spots set a natural backdrop for wedding photos, baby portraits, and Arbor Day publicity fliers, all of which can be printed by the studio.
Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.
The backdrop for pictures at AnnaMarie Photography can be customized to match the feel of any session, as can the wardrobe full of tutus, dresses, ties, and hats that photo subjects can don. The photographer captures a range of subjects both in and out of the studio: toddlers, teens, expectant mothers, recent grads, pin-ups, and wedding parties. She even snaps scenic photos of outdoor scenes, such as boats in a harbor or boats in a kiddie pool so they give a proper pout. And her pin-up photo shoots will make the subject look and feel their sexiest.
Studio Innovations lives up to its name, and the proof is in its galleries of quirky and original portrait sessions. Whether photographing babies, high-school seniors, or genius babies graduating high school, the staff never hesitates to incorporate creative props into the high-contrast, boldly colored prints. Nowhere are the studio's ace editing skills more on display than in their pinup shoots, which capture coquettish frames of ladies amid vintage kitchen and dinner backdrops. Gals can transform their best shots into a calendar, deck of playing cards, or leather-bound portfolio.
Lacy Hammack made her first forays into boudoir photography while living with her Marine Corps husband in the midst of the Mojave Desert. While she was first armed only with the skills of a yearbook photographer, she taught herself the ins and outs of professional studio lighting and photo editing, moving away from what she calls her "Photoshopographer" days to perfect a lighter touch that softly airbrushes imperfections while highlighting natural beauty. Lacy's extensive experimentation with lighting and posing has blossomed into a well-honed pin-up style that she and her all-female staff practice at AdoraLee Boudior Studio's two locations.
After passing through AdoraLee's storefront lingerie store (at the Norman location only), clients are treated to extensive coaching on how to get the most from their boudoir shoot. Pre-session pointers help women choose their ensembles; during the session, music and chatter sets the air at ease while photogs guide their subjects into every pose, snapping alluring eye-level shots in the makeup room or sensual high angle shots over the studio's fluffy bed. Four additional set options—including red damask or black velvet backdrops—inspire photographers as they expertly blend studio lighting with a wide variety of poses to flatter any body type. Through high-contrast color shots and classic black-and-white prints, AdoraLee photographers strive to make every woman—whether curvy, pregnant, postpartum, or mid-werewolf transformation—into a sensual siren.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have a wide variety of media services. Your satisfaction is our #1 goal. Our team has the equipment, drive, skill, and patience to give you a product that you will love.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Husband and wife team developed Write Light Studios because of their passion and vision for media. With its growth, they plan to take their skill on the mission field to create pictures, films, and video people living in poverty with the vision to bring awareness.
What do you love most about your job?
There are so many beautiful moments in family, relationships, and seasons of life. Capturing those moments creates a timeless memory that can always be remembered.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
A girl who had struggled with self-image sent a message and told us that her photo shoot impacted her. In her words, "I don't know how you did it, but I never thought I could feel this way about picture of myself. This is honestly the first time I've ever felt beautiful. Thank you"