Customer Advisory Board

Our Customer Advisory Board was developed with the mindset that there’s no better way to determine our customers’ needs than by talking to (and more importantly, listening to) our customers directly!

 

We hold quarterly formal meetings with the board and have constant feedback and communication with these members so we can better exceed your expectations by anticipating your needs at every opportunity.

 


 

wedding photograph Patrick Abel Studio: Special Moments Photography

Contact Information: pabel@SpecialMomentsUSA.com; www.specialmomentsusa.com

Location: Plymouth, MI

Type of Photography: Weddings

Years in the Photography Industry: 20+

Bio:

 

 


 

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Emily Johnson 

Studio: Emily Johnson Photography

Contact Information: info@emilyjohnsonphotography.com

www.emilyjohnsonphotography.com

Location: West Allis, WI

Type of Photography: Weddings & Portraits, occasional corporate work

Years in the Photography Industry: 10

Bio:

Emily started out photographing newborns at all the hospitals in her area. Some friends of hers started a wedding photography business and she joined their studio in 2004 and stayed there until 2007. At the start of 2008 Emily launched her own company. She loves to be able to capture moments for people and it is a creative outlet for Emily. She feels like photography utilizes all of her strengths – people skills, sales & art.

 


 

         Sameer Khan Sameer Khan Studio: Photobuddy

Contact Information: www.fotobuddy.com

Location: Windsor, NJ

Type of Photography: Weddings

Years in the Photography Industry:

Bio:

 

 


 

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Wayne LaBush 

Contact Information: wlabush@eoep.com

Location: Coral Springs, FL

Type of Photography: Journalistic

Years in the Photography Industry: 25

Bio:

Wayne started in the wedding industry in 1988 as a Disc Jockey. In 1990, he trained under Shane F.G. Vernon and later acquired other studios where he trained, taught and refined not only his artistic abilities but furthermore, his business sense. He’s considered by his colleagues not only as a photographer but also an entrepreneur. With acquisitions and expansion, Wayne and his business partner operate nine different companies in the event industry-two of them being photography studios.

 


 

 masserman Brian MassermanStudio: Masserman Photography

Contact Information: massermanphoto@gmail.com; www.keegoharborphotographer.com

Location: Keego Harbor, MI

Type of Photography: Weddings & Portraits

Years in the Photography Industry: 24

Bio:

 

 


 

 cassie Cassie Pali Studio: Creative Island Visions

Contact Information: Cassie@IslandVisions.com; www.creativeislandvisions.com

Location: Kihei, HI

Type of Photography: Weddings & Family Portraits

Years in the Photography Industry: 12

Bio:

Cassie Pali is one of Maui’s top wedding photographers. Her unique gifts are her genuine style and ability to communicate with her clients. Cassie’s easy-going, laughter-filled personality combined with her gifted sense of capturing the perfect moments have allowed her company, Creative Island Visions, to grow for the last 12 years. Her passion for inspiring others to reach their dreams reaches out to middle school and high schoool students through intern programs in local private schools on Maui. While surfing and racing outrigger canoes have always been a huge part of her life, motorcycles are her current passion, from drag races to the open road. No matter what country or city, if there is an open road, Cassie will find the local surf shop or motorcycle to rent.

 

 


 

Matt Ramos Studio: Matt Ramos Photography

Contact Information: matt@mattramosphotography.com; www.mattramosphotography.com

Location: Schenectady, NY

Type of Photography: Weddings, Events, Portraits & Commerical projects

Years in the Photography Industry:

Bio:

Matt is a full-time professional photographer, located in Albany, NY.  While best known for his creative wedding work, Matt & his team also shoot a variety of other projects such as aerial photography, maternity & baby sessions, family portraits, as well as corporate & commercial work. While Matt takes great pride in providing high quality work & creating a superior client experience, what sets him apart from many is his passion, outgoing nature & charismatic personality.  Matt’s work, style, creativity and overall reputation have made him one of the top and most sought after photographers in Upstate NY & the surrounding areas

 


 

Seppi Seppi Ramos Studio: Powers Studio

Contact Information: info@powersstudios.comwww.powersstudios.com

Location: Portland, OR

Type of Photography: Weddings

Years in the Photography Industry: 13

Bio:

Powers started about 13 years ago when 2 competing photographers sat down with a beer (or a few) and decided that rather than competing with each other it would be better for all to work together and decided to join companies.

We have grown over the years adding photographers to our team and expanding our philosophy of partnering with every aspect of the wedding industry.

We work with our couples to match their photography style with the photography style of one of our photographers to make the perfect match.

Our approach to wedding photography has been well received by our Portland family and we’re in love with the wedding industry!

 


 

Shawna Shawna ShieldsStudio: Narrow Road Productions

Contact Information: nrproductions02@yahoo.comwww.narrowroadproductions.biz

Location: Soldotna, AK

Type of Photography: Portraits, specializing in women

Years in the Photography Industry: 5

Bio:

My mother was a professional photographer and when I was in junior high, by that time, she had 5 children and put her camera down as she was too busy raising a young family. I kinda just picked it up one day and never stopped shooting. My mom was my best critic and was always giving me tips and constructive criticism. I’ve only taken one B&W film photography class in college and I’m so glad I did! But everything else I’ve learned has been from watching tutorials on Creative Live, reading forums and blogs, trial and error and tons and tons of practice! I was always my family and friend’s photographer and then my friends started referring friends until one day, my business was born and booming!

 


 

ChrisHeadshot Chris Smith Studio: Chris and Cami Photography

Contact Information: chris@chrisandcami.comwww.chrisandcami.com

Location: Charleston, SC

Type of Photography: Weddings, Portraits and Sports

Years in the Photography Industry: 20

Bio:

One of the lucky few who found his true passion in life early on, I realized photography was my “thing” at an early age. Visually oriented myself, I took note of the power that photographs had in conveying a story or an emotion when my parents, who were missionaries in Africa for 27 years, traveled to churches and shared slide shows with congregations around the US who also seemed particularly motivated by the imagery. My favorite part about photography is that it is a constantly changing and evolving medium.

Just thinking about how far technology has come since the days when my dad loaded 36exp roles of Kodachrome in his trusty Pentax K1000 blows my mind! I’ve had to re-learn more in the digital era than I ever did in my college and photography-school days. Not to mention that every assignment is different…a family session today, a corporate head-shot tomorrow, a wedding this weekend, basketball for ESPN next weekend…there’s no way to get bored! Every day is a new day, a new challenge, a new quest to be better than the day before. It’s so much fun, it could hardly be considered “work”! I love it!!!

 

 

Customer Advisory Board Alumni

 



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Nicholas Albert

Studio: Artistic Imagery

Contact Information: info@artisticimagery.comwww.artisticimagery.com

Location: Bensalem, PA

Type of Photography: Wedding

Years in the Photography Industry: 20

Bio:

Nicholas Albert and Lou Cipollini are both wedding photography studio owners with many years of experience. While Lou and Nick previously held the camera, they are business owners now and run the company. They are extremely dedicated to their customers and have built their brand from a customer service perspective; their number one goal is to provide top notch service without risking the quality of work. Artistic Imagery photographs about 400 weddings each year, limiting to that number in order to have backup photographers on call at all times. They take great pride in the personalized attention they give to each couple; they make sure their clients are their number one priority and want them to feel like a valued member of the Artistic Imagery family.

 


 

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Belen Aquino

Studio: Gerber & Scarpelli Weddings

Contact Information: belenaquino@gerberscarpelliweddings.comwww.gerberscarpelliweddings.com

Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Photography: Wedding

Years in the Photography Industry: 12

Bio:

Belen was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area where she immersed herself in the fine and performing arts from early childhood. After completing a BFA degree in photography and printmaking at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she traveled extensively in Europe, South America, and the Middle East, honing her visual vocabulary. Belen has created rich, passionate, and romantic photographic journals of exotic locales from Havana to Buenos Aires, where she photographed her first international wedding. In 2002, she brought her experience and visual acumen to Gerber+Scarpelli. As Studio Manager and lead album designer, she combines her education and wealth of experience to deliver masterful album creations with in-depth insight into the wedding story.

 


 

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Contact Information: info@laurenbarneyphoto.comwww.laurenbarneyphotography.com

Location: Kent, OH

Type of Photography: Weddings, children & some corporate

Years in the Photography Industry: 11

Bio:

Lauren started out in the darkroom with an old Canon AE-1. When she was 19, Lauren would photograph her friend’s kids just for fun and develop their prints in the darkroom on fiber based paper. It wasn’t long before the friends of friends were offering her money to do the same for their kids. That quickly turned into a small business, but she realized very early in that she wasn’t going to make any money doing it the way she was doing it. After working for a camera store for over three years, she subcontracted for other studios, shooting nearly 40 weddings in her first year alone!

Now days Lauren is a full time mom & wife and maintain her small photography business. She photographs about 20-25 weddings a year along with her past wedding client’s new babies & expanding families. Lauren also maintains her husband’s law firm’s attorney & staff headshots and in addition to their business ads & marketing pieces.

 


 

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Studio: Jonathan Betz Photography

Contact Information: jon@jonathanbetz.comwww.jonathanbetz.com

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Type of Photography: Portraits & Weddings

Years in the Photography Industry: 6

Bio:

Lindsay worked as a music therapist with children with special needs for 6 years before joining Jon’s dream of building a photography studio together. They moved to Colorado Springs in 2006 to be in dry climate and the mountains. They’ve started their business and grown their family all at the same time! They love the boutique studio they’ve created and watching their dreams become reality. While building their business to be full time for both Jon and Lindsay, they worked side jobs to support their family and allow the business to fuel itself. It took 2 1/2 years to become full time for both of them, and this 6th year in business has brought some of their most significant growth.

 


 

Dan_pic Dan Dettloff 

Studio: Elite Entertainment, Inc.

Contact Information: dan.dettloff@weddingsbyelite.comwww.weddingsbyelite.com

Location: Warren, MI

Type of Photography: Weddings, Engagement Sessions and Family Portraits

Years in the Photography Industry: 5

Bio:

Dan owns and operates a multi-service wedding company. His company was the first in the Detroit market to offer brides and grooms Photography, Disc Jockey, Videography, Photobooths, Custom Lighting and Invitations. They’ve been fortunate to have experienced growth every year in business, yes even the last 5 years!

 


 

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Studio: Fallon Photos, LLC

Contact Information: www.fallonphotos.com

Location: www.fallonphotos.com

Type of Photography: Wedding

Years in the Photography Industry: 30

Bio:

Chris and her husband Marty started their wedding photography business the year after they married. With the encouragement of family and friends, they began their journey as wedding photographers working out of their home, while raising their two children and working full time. Thirty years later, they’ve advanced to their successful studio, which not only offers wedding photography and video, but a full custom frame shop as well. They attribute their success to their team approach to photographing weddings, creating elegant and romantic portraits of satisfied brides and grooms throughout the New England area and capturing numerous special memories with their referral based clients.

 


 

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James Fidelibus

Contact Information: JBStudios@aol.comwww.jamesbrian.com

Location: Walnut Creek, CA

Type of Photography: Portrait, Wedding, Corporate Events

Years in the Photography Industry: 30

Bio:

With over 30 years as a seasoned photographer, James Brian Fidelibus has traveled the world photographing weddings, celebrities, professional athletes and a US President. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, his talent with a camera started in the 7th grade and has not stopped. Earning the title Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers of America, James continues to run a high end studio in a charming little brick castle with breathtaking images and superb customer service.

 


 

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Studio: DollFace Studio

Contact Information: info@dollfacestudio.comwww.dollfacestudio.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Type of Photography: Wedding and Boudoir

Years in the Photography Industry: 13

Bio:

The girls of DollFace Studio offer a super sexy, edgy, very urban all-girl studio in Philadelphia. Darah and Siobhan co-own the girlie studio which focuses mainly on Boudoir photography. DollFace is the premier boudoir photography studio in the Philadelphia area, but the girls also maintain a strong clientele of portraits and weddings. Christina joined them three years ago as an intern but was the missing link to the trio and was hired full time. She is the Boudoir Doll and is in charge of client relations and booking all the jobs for the Boudoir studio. DollFace Studio prides themselves in providing gorgeous photos to all women while making them feel confidant and sexy at the same time!

 


 

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Meir Israel

Studio: Michael Anthony Photography

Contact Information: meir@maelite.comwww.maelite.com

Location: Coral Springs, FL

Type of Photography: Wedding and Portrait

Years in the Photography Industry: 15

Bio:

Meir began his photography career as the studio manager of Michael Anthony Photography. Through years of continued education, the pursuit of certain niche clientele, and the push towards newer technologies, he has attained a steady following all his own. In the recent past, and with Michael Anthony’s aid, Meir started another more specialized event studio to further expand into the South Florida market. A child of the internet generation, Meir quickly embraced many digital ideals before they became main stream, and is well known for “pushing” certain technologies to their respective limits.

Meir’s love for photography started at an early age with the ritualistic handing down of a Canon A-1 by a dear family friend, which led to his exploration of the medium. These days, Meir enjoys photography in digital form for its ability to aid in the capture of images more dynamically than its film predecessors, to give a richer enjoyment and fulfillment for his clients.

 


 

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Michael McMahon

Contact Information: mmcmahon@georgestreetphoto.com

Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Photography: Wedding, Photo Journalism, Landscape, Portraiture

Years in the Photography Industry: His entire life

Bio:

Michael started with a point-and-shoot camera, a scanner and Photoshop. Growing up, he was constantly working on a photo, video or design project with friends. In college at Indiana University, he was able to hone his skills-learning about film and growing his knowledge of digital photography and editing. Michael loves learning about photography and working alongside people who share his passion. George Street started modestly, and with the help of a talented and motivated team, they’ve expanded into several markets across the country. A tinkerer by nature, he’s excited to find new opportunities in the industry, always trying to learn and improve.

 


 

TimOtto_pic Tim Otto 

Contact Information: tim@timotto.comwww.timotto.com

Location: San Diego, CA

Type of Photography: Weddings and Portraits

Years in the Photography Industry: 20

Bio:

Tim worked in photo labs for 8 years and earned a B.A degree in Photography and Graphic Arts at San Diego State University. From there, he started his own photography business in 1998. He loves the passion and enthusiasm he has for working in this industry and believes it’s the greatest job in the world.

 


 

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Michael A. Sabatino

Studio: Michael Anthony Photography

Contact Information: michael@michaelanthonyphoto.comwww.michaelanthonyphoto.com

Location: Cooper City, FL

Type of Photography: Wedding and Portrait

Years in the Photography Industry: 26

Bio:

Michael began his photographic career under the tutelage of one of South Florida’s most renowned photographers. He quickly grew his own business with the loyal following of happy clients and the respect and recognition of other vendors in the industry. Throughout his professional career he has seen many ebbs and tides of growth, the rise of the photojournalist, and the digital revolution. His passion for meeting his clients’ desires is matched only by his drive for the careful balance of traditional and contemporary values in event imagery.

Though the reasoning over the years may change, Michael’s proudest moments and source of love for his photography comes from the generations of families which return to have their special moments captured over and over.

 


 

AshleyStone_pic Ashley Stone

Contact Information: astonephotos@yahoo.comwww.ashleystonephotography.com

Location: Archdale, NC

Type of Photography: Children, Families, and Weddings

Years in the Photography Industry: 6

Bio:

Ashley has always had a passion for photography but her career started 6 years ago. She went to school for nursing and has been an RN for 8 years, however when her photography business began to grow, Ashley made the decision to focus 100 % on where her heart really was and that was with her camera. She shoots newborns, children, seniors and weddings. Although she owns a small studio in town, Ashley tends to shoot most of her sessions outdoors in rustic locations.

 


 

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Studio: Peter Thompson – Photo Hawaii

Contact Information: petert@petert.comwww.photohawaii.com

Location: Kihei, HI

Type of Photography: Destination Weddings

Years in the Photography Industry: 41

Bio:

Peter started in 1967 as a part-time photographer for various Bay Area newspapers covering Haight-Ashbury, Peoples Park, Anti-Vietnam Demonstrations. In 1968, (at the ripe age of 19) he attended Republican & Democratic National Conventions for UPI. After a time at art school, Peter started doing studio advertising photography in San Francisco from 1975-1987, working with national advertising and graphic design firms specializing in food and product photography. During this period he won two Clio awards for excellence and multiple awards from both the San Francisco & Los Angeles Art Directors Clubs. During 1987-1999 he focused on Advertising & Corporate location work-his main client during this period was Porsche Cars North America. In 2000 he moved to Maui, Hawaii and started Photo Hawaii…specializing in romantic destination weddings. They average 120 weddings per year here on the beautiful island of Maui.

PS – most mornings you can find Peter surfing in the Kihei Cove…or swimming with dolphins or paragliding or riding the Ducati…

 


 

courtney_pic Courtney Van Damme

Studio: Timothy Whaley & Associates

Contact Information: www.twaphoto.com

Location: Lombard, IL

Type of Photography: Wedding/ Portrait

Years in the Photography Industry: 7

Bio:

Courtney’s college studies focused on commercial photography and advertising. After working for a busy Chicago commercial/editorial photographer for a summer, she decided that commercial photography wasn’t the right path for her.

Fresh out of college, Timothy Whaley & Associates hired her! What were they thinking? Ha Ha! Six and a half years later, she’s worked in almost all the departments of the company. After being promoted to Vice President, Courtney’s focus has been on streamlining processes to benefit the client and employee, increasing sales, offering attractive products that flow with their production processes, and improving cross-departmental communication.

 


 

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Tim Whaley

Studio: Timothy Whaley & Associates

Contact Information: www.twaphoto.com

Location: Lombard, IL

Type of Photography: Wedding

Years in the Photography Industry: 21

Bio:

Timothy has been taking pictures since he was 17, and photography runs in his family. His grandfather is a “Chicago Journalism Hall of Famer,” and his father, aunt, uncle, and younger sister are all photographers, too. He became interested in wedding photography over 20 years ago, when a colleague “pestered him to see what she was doing on weddings.” He was horrified by what he witnessed.”Back then,” he recalls, “wedding photography was basically an eight-hour portrait session. When all was said and done, you knew who was there and how great everybody looked, but that was about it. The event was hardly captured at all.” He set out to change that, founding Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists in 1990. While Timothy and his team also take exquisite portraits (mostly of children), their specialty is weddings. This focus has helped Timothy become one of Chicagoland’s most sought-after wedding photographers. He and his firm have been featured on WGN, The Wedding Story, Dateline NBC and in the Daily Herald, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Wedding Pages.