Top Class Portraits™ | Meet The Photographers
Photographer Cherry Wilson. As your 2nd shooter for weddings, Cherry is also available to be your Day of Coordinator when desired.
I use to own and operate a custom black & white photo lab with a couple of other portrait studios I owned in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My photo lab was called Creative Darkrooms for the sake of anyone reading who might remember. I prefer my digital design photo lab now.
Creative Darkrooms I operated while also working as a wedding photographer. I continued Creative Darkrooms while I was also employed by MasterPortrait Studios in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I definitely prefer my digital design photo lab I now operate.
No more storing gallons of distilled water to mix my liquid photo chemicals for processing films. I preferred distilled water to protect the films from various impurities in tap water. Especially any high iron content. E6 for processing Ektachrome slide film. C-41 for negative films. Various powder and liquid B&W chemicals. Testing various mixing ratios, processing temperatures and times with various films to get certain image characteristics. Working with various brand multi-contrast black & white photo papers and working with various processing temperatures and processing times to achieve certain image results. Those were the days. Now, with digital, it's a lot less headaches and less time consuming, tedious and easier to get the image results I want. The color enlarger and the tabletop print processor below were my main equipment. I also home-built a vacuum easel mounted on wall for 24"x36" printing.
Durst AC707 Autocolor Dichroic Enlarger
Durst RCP 20 Tabletop Automatic Color Processor
The Digital Design Photo Lab
Now, processing portraits and designing wedding album pages are mostly done on computers. Like this a whole lot better than the years I spent in my traditional chemical photo lab.
This Epson photo printer a lot better and faster than processing 11"x14" and up to 16"x20" wall portraits in a drum or tabletop print processor.
Those days are over!
This is the photo printer for photographs up to 16"x20"
This is the way to design your digital wedding album. I encourage my wedding clients to sit down with me in my digital design photo lab and we can take a whole day if necessary. Especially if designing a 40 page wedding album. The vast majority of weddings are best shown in a 30 to 40 page wedding album. We can experiment with various sizing, color borders, shadowing, making some images design elements and a lot more! No hurry to make sure we design a gorgeous wedding album that you will love for many years to come.
Black & White Senior
Black & White Model
Black & White Sepia Toned Senior with lens flare from flash visible for creative effect.