Growing up, Che Graves always had a pencil in his hand. He's always been eager to express himself through art, and once he was old enough to trade his pencil for a camera, there was no turning back. Working as a photo-lab manager taught Che how to understand light and use it to his advantage, and though he shifted from film to digital photography, he still credits his stint in the lab with teaching him to paint with light. Today, he uses his creative drive and his technical know-how to shoot portraits that "are designed to bring out a personality that may be hidden by life," he says. Weddings, family portraits, and boudoir shoots compose a large portion of his portfolio, which also includes landscape and architectural photography. Silly or sensuous, warm or mysterious, every image Che crafts is intended to reveal the individual subject's beauty.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I offer family, children, newborn,& senior photography.
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What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have always had a love and passion for photography.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting people and helping them make and record memories
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
I had a customer hug me and with tears in her eyes tell me that she loved the picture of her and her dad
Signature service: Custom Photography
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Nikon
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Andi is a first generation photographer, but she inherited the name and passion for Earlie Daisy Photography from someone else. The name Earlie Daisy belonged to her great grandmother, whom she came to know through photographs that her father shared with her. She didn't fall in love with photography until later, though, when she attempted to document every moment of her young nieces' lives. She realized, then, how precious each shot could be to a family, and she wanted to help other people preserve moments small and large in their own lives.
Andi says that if she had a super power, it would be falling in love. She credits that mentality—to fall in love working with each of her subjects—as the secret behind her photography. Her practice and training give her a professional eye, but her heart leads her to find that shots that her clients will treasure most.
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.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
At JD Douglas Photography, it’s hard to draw the line between documentation and fine art. That's because the company’s photographers don’t only snap shots of subjects in picturesque outdoor settings such as pine forests and rocky beaches; they also hand finish portraits with artistic brushstrokes before bonding them onto canvas. Patrons can choose contemporary frames or ornate traditional frames embellished with gold leaf to display the finished products.