Signature service: Wedding & Engagement Photography
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1 hour
Brands Used: Canon
Pro Tip: Relax and follow my direction.
I will make sure you look great in every picture.
Lee Gonzalez first got his hands on a camera at age 9—it was a Polaroid camera, and using it quickly became his obsession. By 13, he had a standard film camera and regularly burdened his parents with Ziploc after Ziploc of film rolls he demanded they drop off for development, or he wouldn't do his chores. In high school, his love of a landscape photography class made him believe he'd never be a portrait photographer, but that changed. As he got older, he started taking photos of friends as a favor, and when a buddy enlisted him to help shoot a wedding, Lee learned something surprising: he loved it. And ever since, he has worked as a wedding photographer. He snaps striking documentary-style photos of couples, resulting in natural-looking images that capture their personalities and true moments of happiness vs. those that highlight stuffy poses and fake smiles.
While nuptials are Lee's specialty, he also trains his lens on landscapes and architecture, crafting an ever-evolving portfolio whose virtuosity matches that of its emotive power.
A bride and groom recline on a dock, the white of her gown complementing the pale horizon, which slowly fades into blue. A ballerina stands en pointe in a window, the sun illuminating the delicate tulle of her tutu. A couple sits cross-legged in a library, the leaning books on the shelves mirroring their backs as they lean in to kiss. A newborn sleeps in a nest of textiles, the lace and linen standing out against the baby's smooth skin.
TOV Studio Photography's skilled photographers, each of whom has more than a decade's worth of photo shoots under their belt, understand how to use the everyday world around them—from the sky to the sidewalk—to create images that feel as unique as their subjects. Outdoor shoots use architecture and elements of nature to frame newlyweds, families, and graduating seniors, using the natural light to emphasize the happy glow in a couple's eyes or the pristine white of a bride's not-yet-grass-stained gown. It's not all indoors, though—in the comfortable confines of the studio, photographers create custom backgrounds that bestow a similar, tree-free kind of individuality.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
My main goal is to create a style that represents the best in all that I worked with. I love taking a person who has never done a photo shoot before and showing them the potential they have always had inside of them. www.facebook.com/zaphirephotography
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started Zaphire Photography about 5 years ago. I have always had a love for Photography and Art. This company allows me to express that love.
What do you love most about your job?
Working with people everyday and seeing the smiles on their face when they see themselves, I feel good know that they can love themselves
even in their most vulnerable state.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"Zaphire is absolutely incredible. Not only does she assist you in finding the perfect outfits and look, she also has an amazing eye for photography...She is humble but talented beyond belief! I couldn't ask for a better photographer!"-Casey Field
Armed with a 36.6 megapixel Nikon D800 camera, Amanda Sinco takes fleeting moments and turns them into keepsakes for clients to treasure for years. A mostly self-taught photographer who also studied at the New York Institute of Photography, Amanda relies on natural light and her own savvy eye to imbue each picture with a warm and crisp feel. Her work covers everything from Puerto Rican landscapes to the face of a child who just discovered that flowers taste like chocolate.
Rina Alvarez sees capturing other people’s memories on film as a great honor and her life’s work. She strives to capture these special moments through a variety of sessions from organically composed family portraits to flirtatious boudoir shots to photographs of dancers and musicians in motion. Alvarez has a talent for working with both natural and indoor light, which serves her well when she is capturing standard wedding shots, from the kiss at the altar to the moment when the best man dumps a cooler of champagne over the bride and groom.