Cincy Chic Publisher Amy Scalia and husband, Pete, on a Bambino Studios’ “Cincinnati After Dark” shoot
A local photography studio is mixing fine art, photojournalism and an editorial approach with a little beautification and a fun night out on the town.
|“Cincinnati After Dark” sessions with Bambino Studios
showcase you and your loved one in a night on the
town you’ll cherish forever.
That’s the idea Michael Bambino, founder of Bambino Studios, had when launching his new “Cincinnati After Dark” sessions.
Bambino first practiced photography as a hobby, shooting fine art. When he began hanging his prints in the various restaurants he owned and operated at the time, customers were intrigued by his work and wanted to hire him for photography.
Once he saw his customers’ love for his creative eye, it sparked his consideration to shoot professionally. In 1996, Bambino interned in New York City under two professional photographers which gave him the inspiration to step outside the realm of traditional photography and create a new approach to documenting weddings. In 1997, that’s exactly what he did when he started Bambino Studios.
Since then, Bambino Studios has steadily grown. Today, the studio has five lead teams and 25 photographers shooting at 150 weddings a year. His new “Cincinnati After Dark” sessions are a way to reconnect with couples to capture a date night, night on the town or special occasion such as an anniversary.
“Cincinnati After Dark is a truly unique experience,” explains Amanda Trotta, fashion and branding director for Bambino Studios. “It is the perfect way to celebrate special occasion, a proposal or just have a date you’ll never forget with images that will last forever.”
It begins with a couple coming to the new Bambino Studios office in Hyde Park where they enjoy champagne. After getting glammed with a professional makeup artist, they embark on a private tour of Cincinnati in the Bambino Hummer where the couple is photographed in a few favorite spots in the city. Then, the evening is concluded with a romantic dinner. The entire experience lasts around five hours, costs $1,500 and also comes with a high-resolution USB flash drive with complete printing rights and signed galleries print.
In June, they opened their new studio complete with in-house shooting and editing rooms in Hyde Park. Bambino’s partners, Trotta and Casey Michael, who are also directors of the Weddings Division, are currently in the process of launching Bambino Studios’ newest addition, Luxe and Lace. “This division highlights boudoir, fashion and beauty photography,” says Amanda. “We are creating a custom designed shooting set that will also include a hair and makeup bar for in-house styling.”