The stiff faces in turn-of-the-century photos give us a glimpse of an era before the invention of money finally made it possible to smile. Freeze your assets with this Groupon: for $49, you get an in-studio or on-location photo package from ultra-spective (up to a $345 total value). The package includes:
- A 30-minute in-studio or on-location photo shoot for up to six subjects (up to a $150 value)
- One high-resolution JPEG on CD or a print package of a single image (up to a $195 value) that includes the following:
- One 8’’x10’’ print
- Two 5’’x7’’ prints
- Eight wallet-sized prints
The experienced shutterbugs at ultra-spective can seize the smiles of up to six subjects during in-studio or on-location photo sessions in one of three picturesque parks. Before the photographic frenzy, guests confer with the professional photographers to discuss their pictorial desires and determine the best setting for the group’s collective grins or coordinated I’m With Stupid T-shirts. Models may opt for an indoor session in the 2,000-square-foot studio, or mosey on down to Livermore’s Sycamore Grove Park. Hap Magee Ranch Park in Danville also unfurls its verdant expanse for ultra-spective’s photographers, as does the Roberts Regional Recreation Area in Oakland. Oscillating between choreographed poses and spontaneous shots, the 25-minute photo session results in an album’s worth of images that clients can peruse in a theater-style screening room approximately two weeks after the appointment. After selecting a single image, staff can package it into a bundle of physical prints, or slap the high-resolution image onto a CD for instant Facebook flaunting.
A family of four poses amid crisp fall leaves, late sunlight casting a warm glow across their smiling cheeks. A newlywed couple beams at each other under a canopy of palm trees. Staff members of a new salon hold a giant pair of scissors, poised to cut the ribbon and the hair of their first giant customer during their opening ceremony. ultra-spective's photographers can capture groups and individuals in nearly any context, and they take a distinctive approach to each—so much so that the studio boasts six different divisions, for family portraits, high-school seniors, art portraiture, weddings, boudoir shoots, and business photography. An all-female team with expertise in lighting and airbrushing directs the boudoir shoots, where they guide subjects in poses designed to make them look svelte and beautiful. For family shoots, they'll gladly venture to a selection of reliably picturesque parks where split-rail fences lean, redwoods loom, and sycamores dapple golden fields with shade. The studio itself has plenty of personality, with chandeliers and black walls lined with hot pink sequins.