At first, Connie and Steve's courtship involved talking on the phone into the wee hours of the morning. But unlike most lovebirds, they'd talk about photography and photo-editing programs. This shared passion eventually led them to open CWLIFE Photography, allowing them to team up to photograph everything from weddings to business headshots to pet portraits. During photo sessions, Connie and Steve blend their own unique styles to produce images from multiple angles and a variety of perspectives. The pair snaps images on location or in their 800-square-foot private studio with artistic open beams. Though they still stay up into the wee hours of the morning talking about photography, the Nikon-toting duo continues to evolve their photo-taking abilities by attending educational workshops at least once a year.
A sultry boudoir shoot rarely emphasizes its subject’s wingspan, but the two female photographers who helm Flash Boudoir—Tina Celle and Melissa Mulera—never shy away from an unusual image. Featured by ABC15, their shots can capture women sporting lingerie and feathered wings, artistically draped in bed sheets, and posing for pinup shots in vintage-style swimsuits. As she shoots, Tina draws on her years in fashion journalism, whereas Melissa pulls from her background in fine art and graphic design. Their private studio brims with unique sets for clients to choose from, such as beds piled in pink sateen and pole-dancing sets featuring rehabilitated tetherball poles.
Great-grandmas and flat-screen TVs don't have much in common. But if one were to draw a Venn diagram for the two, they would overlap with Home Movie Preservation Center. Equipped with digital tools, the center's team of video technicians rescues home footage of great-grandmas and other memories from deteriorating formats and gives it a new home on high-quality DVDs. The staff is adept at filling their DVDs with transfers from an array of media types, including photos, slides, and audiocassettes and VHS, MiniDV, 8mm, and Super 8mm film.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
MRB specializes in boudoir for the everyday woman. No student photographers here. Celebrity photographer Joseph James' work has garnered attention from Arizona Foothills Magazine as well as given him the opportunity to appear on ABC 15 television and take snaps at New York's famed Fashion Week.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
MRB was created by Gianna & Joseph's love of beauty, fashion, & travel. Madison Rose is the love story of a veteran & a beauty queen who's meet cute start led them on a whirlwind adventure from NY to LA transforming women into the Maxim cover models they always envisioned themselves as.
What do you love most about your job?
Having the opportunity to make my clients feel as beautiful to themselves, and for their spouses as possible! Boudoir for many is a once in a lifetimes experience. A special gift for someone in their lives, or themselves. We take a lot of pride in making it as memorable an experience as possible.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
It happens more often that we thought, but it's not uncommon for our clients to get teary-eyed while looking at their photos for the first time. In a world that is constantly telling us we're not enough, it's such a blessing to be able to show our clients that they are perfect and beautiful today!
Mr. Duke started his self-named photography business more than 60 years ago, but that doesn’t mean his company’s services are old-timey. One of the team’s specialties is photo restoration, where ultramodern computer software helps them produce crystal-clear images from scraped, creased, or faded originals. Of course, the primary objective of the business is to help families create new memories, which they do with Duke Photography’s signature portrait sessions held at studios in Phoenix or Tempe. At the Phoenix location, photographers work both inside the studio and out, as they’ve cultivated a garden adjacent to the studio that serves a lush backdrop for shoots. The Tempe studio’s outdoor space is surrounded by lakes that provide a tranquil setting to capture snapshots of families. Sessions are open for any occasion, though the team at Duke Photography specializes in portraiture for families, businesses, weddings, high-school seniors, and sports teams.
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