About the Photographers
Based in Ferndale, Michigan, Lucassian Photography specializes in Fashion Photography and handles studio and location shoots (environmental, home, hotel, exotic beach etc.). Fashion Photography includes model and actor portfolios (also head shots), boudoir (glamour), advertising (Catalog, Print and web), events (such as weddings), portraiture photography (portraits and family photos) as well as fashion work for magazines and designers.
John the photographer
John Lucassian, a fashion photographer born in Detroit, had his first photographic epiphany when he was 15. After a High school trip to Mexico he realized that his photos lacked something; people. The friends he traveled with and the people he saw and talked to there were not part of his images. While he does still photograph landscapes and objects, most of his photography involves working with people.
John went from enthusiast to entrepreneur in 2003 when he registered his business with the state of Michigan. At first doing mainly location photography, renting studio space when needed, he opened his first photography studio in Royal Oak in 2006, but later moved to Ferndale in 2008.
Being somewhat passionate about photography, he started the Metro-Detroit Photography Club in 2004, an organization that today has a strong membership of over 100 members.
In 2008, John attended his first (and second and third) "Ujena Jam" in Mexico. (The Jams are a fashion photography competition put on by Ujena, a swimwear company based in California.) While the Jams were a lot of work, he enjoyed them immensely and he managed to place in the top photographers at both the 2nd and 3rd events. In 2009, he placed in the top ten again and in 2011 was invited to be a staff photographer at the Ujena Jam in Puerto Vallarta. You can see some of his work on the Ujenatalent site: click here!
In March of 2009, John published "The Model Posing Guide for Fashion and Glamour Photography", a posing guide for models interested in the Fashion and Glamour Photography. The book is about the rules for posing with sample poses and other tips, hints, and bits of information for models. He is currently working on a series of children's books too!
On a personal note, he has 2 beautiful children (that's his son, perched on his back to the right) and also enjoys hiking, biking, traveling and cooking. (Here are some of his recipes!)
Kathy the photographer
Kathy Wyrwas is a self-taught photographer who has been doing social and event photography in the Metro Detroit area since 2004. The Detroit local music scene is what got her going. After seeing one local group, she bought a "good" camera to be able to capture what she saw on stage to share with others. She quickly earned a nickname of "Photo Kathy" as she was always toting a camera to various band events. Her client base branched out from there to include weddings, senior portraits, beauty pageant portraits, and staff photographer for the APBA Gold Cup hydroplane races.
A trip to Europe with digital camera in hand is a dream vacation for Kathy. She'd like to retrace the itinerary from a student trip in 1982 in part to be able to take much better pictures than the first time with a Kodak 110 no-frills film camera.
In her spare time, Kathy enjoys cooking, making fresh pasta, and sewing costume pieces to wear at the Renaissance Festival.
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