Professional photographer Portia Shao's artistic intuition imbues everything she captures on film, from her evocative portraiture to her impressionistic Polaroid SX-70 snap shots. Dividing her time between watercolor painting and photography, Portia seamlessly melds the two disciplines and exercises her skills across a wide range of subjects. Her landscapes portray the vastness of natural sites around the world, stitching multiple photos together to create panoramic scenes of the Himalayas at sunrise, and her portraiture draws out the essence of each subject she shoots, which makes for pictures more personal than a monogrammed set of headgear.
Beyond her own artistic vision, Portia strives to craft images that please her clients. Before each shoot, she leads visitors around her studio, leafing through samples, discussing clothing ideas, and devising lighting schemes. After each pop of the flash bulb, images show up directly on a high-definition TV, allowing for instantaneous feedback. Even with these fail-safe client-satisfaction measures in place, Portia stands by her work with a Be Thrilled or Bust guarantee, which promises a complimentary re-shoot or reprint if clients are unsatisfied with their shots.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
. Cari's goal is to capture your "real" child. Your fun loving, energy filled child. In a beautiful outdoor setting.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I love to provide my clients with memories that will last a life time !
What do you love most about your job?
Working with new people daily.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
My images provide the visual memory as children grow.
After mastering her photographic skills by capturing images of her own family for five years, Collette Grina decided to focus her lens on the general public. At Beautiful Contrasts Photography, she snaps portraits of families, weddings, kids, newborns, and expectant moms. Wielding a store of props such as hats and swaddle wraps, subjects strike poses during on-location sessions, which Collette holds at Newport’s scenic parks and beaches. She relies entirely on natural light to illumine her subjects in every photo, preserving high-resolution images on CDs and in print form.
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Bay Area native Ryan Willis can rarely be found anywhere but behind his camera. It’s a passion he’s gratefully transformed into a career, taking traditional-style portraits for families, newborns, couples, and kids. He shoots in varying shades of black and white, as well as vibrant color, manipulating studio lighting to create crisply focused images. To assist with headshots or images for promotional materials, he also customizes photo sessions for business professionals, actors, models, and bands.