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Portraits: Photographers
Photographers | Portrait Artists

A Fashionable Event
333 W. 39th St., near Eighth Ave., Ste. 604
Equipped with fun kid props like mini fire trucks, Gary Kane’s airy loft studio provides an energetic yet relaxed atmosphere. If studio portraits are not your style, Kane can move the shoot outdoors. He’ll use digital photography to create collages, or put all the images on a personalized Website. Also available for location shoots or at your home. Packages start at $350, and include 75 proofs.

Ali Price Photography
7 Park Ave., near 34th St.
An aficionado of black-and-white (and not of studio shots), Ali Price left her art PR career to follow her passion. She uses medium-format and 35-mm. cameras; rates start at $500 and include processing, contact sheets, and two eight-by-ten prints.

Picture Framing
Empire Art Gallery
161 W. 26th St.
This long-standing Chelsea establishment is a favorite of local gallerists for its gorgeous framing and surprisingly reasonable prices. A two-by-three-foot maple frame runs about $90.

A Perfect Portrait
476 Broome St., near Wooster St., No. 6A
Nancy Ribeck and Amos Chan work hard to flatter their subjects—using digital and film photography with retouching. Ribeck’s studio can be transformed with props that you provide. Tell her what you want included in the shoot—a favorite stuffed animal or pet—and she’ll create mock layouts and storyboards for your approval. Prices start at $550, and include three rolls of film and processing costs; prints are extra.

Arlene Sandler/Lensgirl
526 W. 26th St., Ste. 508
Count on Lensgirl for candid, energetic close-ups with an urban feel. Arlene Sandler travels to your home, will shoot outdoor settings, and offers her own open-air rooftop studio with skyline views. She can set up a Website with a shopping basket so your friends and family can purchase photos, too. $500 for a two-hour session, which includes online proofs, three eight-by-tens, and the Website shopping basket.

Axelle Destaing Photography
526 W. 26th St.
Axelle Destaing shoots in the environment of your choice, in black-and-white or color, and provides prints developed either by hand or machine, according to your specifications. She’ll also mount your photos on announcements and holiday cards for an extra fee. One child photographed outdoors is $250; studio sessions are $500.

Bill Fredericks Studio
214 W. 29th St., near Seventh Ave., fourteenth fl.
In business since 1985, Bill Fredericks and his team of creative photographers are experts at naturally photographing families. They do their own black-and-white lab work for museum-grade, archival prints. Studio shoots start at $300; shoots on location are $500 and up.

Brett Matthews
86 Mineola Ave., at L.I.E. exit 37, Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
Sheri LaMagna will create playful images for young tots or more sophisticated ones for the older set. Beyond portraits, LaMagna shoots a lot of bar and bat mitzvahs. Her studio’s albums are more like coffee-table books than traditional albums. Prices start at $125, including one roll of black-and-white film and one roll of color, plus four four-by-six or five-by-five prints.

Carol Barnstead
129 W. 74th St.
This photographer’s visual-arts background is evident in her portraits, which capture children’s idiosyncrasies. She’ll work in the medium of your choice (sepia, black-and-white, or color), and excels at everything from funky studio shots to outdoor candids. Indoor sessions start at $300, outdoor sessions at $350, and family portraits at $650. Cathy Pinsky Studio 22 Maplewood Rd., Hartsdale, N.Y.; 917-838-5488 After proving herself by starting a hugely successful photography firm, Cathy Pinsky began shooting portraits after the birth of her own son. Her highly stylized shots are close-cropped, giving them an extra-arty effect. Sittings start at $400 for three rolls of film and an eight-by-ten print.

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide