A quick introduction to us...
We hold your hand through the entire portrait photography process to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in what to do, what to wear, where to go, timelines, and what gorgeous art we will be creating for you. We consistently deliver gorgeous photos for you to display on your walls and cherish for a lifetime. We want to be your personal photographers for life. Our ultimate desire is to be there for all of your important moments and document them for future generations.
Brook is the owner and photographer of Affinity Photo Studio. She holds degrees in graphic design and business management. She believes photo sessions should be professional, fun and inspired, not painful - you should want to do it again! She takes the time to get to know you and help you understand how to take a great photo that will be distinctive and you will love. She brings with her a professionalism that ensures you will be surprised and delighted!
"I love puzzles and solving problems. I don't believe there are straight paths to anywhere interesting and have always been comfortable with the turns life takes. I fell in love with photography as a happy coincidence. I have always tried to do things in my life and career that make people feel good about themselves. This passion led to me becoming a hairstylist for nearly a decade so I could show people how great they could feel with a great style. I shifted careers to banker so that I could help people feel confident and good about money. I spent 20 years as a VP at a major bank cultivating valuable skills such as customer service, coaching, education, networking and money management. My creative brain needed an outlet so I began photographing part time and it was phenomenal how much it lifted my soul. After a few years, I quit my corporate job and went full time with my photography. The first time I saw someone's face light up when they saw a photo I had taken of them - I knew I did the right thing!"
When Ally was in middle school, she received a brain injury from high school sports and was later diagnosed with Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS). When she was no longer allowed to engage in any sports activities, photography became her therapy and she found it created happiness for herself as well as others. Ally explains, "It is always difficult to explain a hidden injury, but I am thankful to have discovered this blessing in disguise. Without it, I would not have found my love for photography, this job, and building relationships from all walks of life!"
This video is exactly why we prioritize our clients by only scheduling a maximum of 2 sessions per week and also why we decided to no longer offer digital images only. We serve our clients specific needs and interests by customizing their sessions and providing the absolute best quality products for them to enjoy for the rest of their lives.
When you work with Brook, you work with the best! Some of the greatest photo shoots I have ever experienced with my daughter were with Brook! You are made to feel like a member of her family. When working with Brook, you are put at ease and always made to feel confident and comfortable! Her professionalism is top notch but with plenty of smiles and lots of laughs! Brook is the best out there and you will be in awe of what she can create for you! We love Brook!
Being a part of the model team has been such an amazing experience! I’ve always been a very shy person but being on the model team has helped me become a lot more confident and outgoing. I feel like I’ve grown as a person and noticed an increase in my confidence. The photoshoots are always so much fun and constantly filled with laughs! Not only that but I always feel so comfortable and I feel like my opinion matters. Overall, its such a positive and uplifting experience!
Brook is a skilled professional who is very creative. It is obvious that she loves her work. She is a joy to be around. The result is photos that are not only beautiful, they are interesting and charming. She makes certain that they are memories, not just boring mugshots. I highly recommend that you contact her for any professional photography you need.
I had the best time during my photo shoot. I walked away with fabulous pictures appropriate for both business and to send out to family. Brook does a fabulous job and is very skillful with those who don't feel like they are very photogenic.
Being a part of the model team has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! Brook makes me feel powerful, confident, loved, and so much more! Not only do the pictures turn out AMAZING but they are one of the most fun, uplifting experiences. I know if I have a photoshoot with Brook and her team, I won’t leave without a laugh.
Working with Brook is time spent with a friend. I love working with her because the atmosphere is welcoming and there is no judgement. Brook has a aura about her that makes it easy to talk to her as well as be in front of a camera. All products are the highest quality and carry great memories.
What does the process look like to get a session scheduled?
Discuss with the photographer what type of session you are looking for, the location you want, and who will be involved.
Agree on pricing and package you want.
Schedule a date and time for the shoot.
Then the fun begins with our portrait session!
What can I expect once the photo session is complete?
I will send you the raw photos via an online gallery within 2 business days. You will then go into the gallery and choose your designated number of favorites for me to edit. Notify us when you have completed your selections and we will get started on editing. Once the final edits are complete (within 14 days), I will send you an email with the final gallery for you to download, share and order prints as you desire.
How long will my portrait session take?
I wish there was a definitive answer for this question but it really depends on how quickly I can get the shots I need. I do attempt to get the session done efficiently so that you can get back to whatever you would rather be doing. :)
Do you have any tips for taking better portraits?
1. Relax, this should be fun!
2. Wear something flattering with some color and bring a few easy changes of clothing.
4. Wear makeup to your liking for a date night.
5. Don’t look directly at the lens of the camera, look at the top of it or just to the side (avoids red eye especially if you have blue or green eyes).
6. Never face shoulders straight on with the camera (this looks awkward and not flattering to anyone).
7. Make small movements in all directions with the head and body - you never know which angle will look the best and catch the best light.
1. Keep your eyes on the photographer unless instructed otherwise, try not to be distracted - the faster we can get everyone looking together, the quicker the photo session will be and it will result in better quality photos (turning heads can create blur).
2. Try to wear matching or coordinating colors for photos to be more cohesive.
3. Parents look at the photographer no matter what your child does unless asked by the photographer because inevitably by the time the child looks at the photographer, the parents are looking at the child.
How do I use the online gallery?