After a fruitful modeling career, Lori Brystan moved to the other side of the camera lens, where she began to capture artful portraits of families, kids, and women that would look at home in the pages of a fashion magazine. In 1989, she opened Brystan Studios, which eventually expanded to include a team of professional makeup artists, hairstylists, set designers, and photographers. Inside the professional studio, a large dressing room brims with props, fan mail, and glamorous costumes. Using in-studio sets, Lori captures images ranging from burlesque-themed boudoir shoots to pared-down images, such as women posing in front of a white sheet or siblings lying in a hammock. The studio also specializes in love-note videos, professionally produced short films that capture the subject's inner starlet without the use of a net. The busy shutterbug also works as beauty editor for the lifestyle pub Greer's OC and penned High Impact Portrait Photography, a book on framing eye-catching portraits.
Elizabeth Toller Productions is a professional photography studio that combines traditional methods with digital image-enhancement techniques to accurately make reality better. With over 10 years of experience, Elizabeth Toller’s cameras click masterfully to capture the souls of families, political candidates, corporate-event attendees, and inanimate objects. First, clients will meet with the photographer to discuss session locations, themes, and clothing styles—options that are only limited by imagination and the client's wardrobe of stolen circus costumes. Clients will then spend a 30-minute photo shoot ($100) acting natural, interspersed with practicing their best vogues. Later, a special projection proofing process allows light reflectors to preview the results on a big screen to simplify image selection. Later, clients will receive a 5"x5" photo book ($95) that includes 10 two-dimensional clones of themselves for safe keeping at home.
With more than 1,000 frames, The Framing Corner's designers create custom frames and shadowboxes to preserve all types of artwork and three-dimensional mementos. The experienced staff can make knowledgeable recommendations to customers searching for the best-matched frame or fashioning the single-occupancy residence that will complement the work and the home or office wall it's destined to marry. With a variety of materials, The Framing Corner can frame everything from mirrors and canvases to poster art and photographs, with shadowboxes for proudly displaying treasured three-dimensional objects, such as a pet wolverine’s first bronzed hairball.
FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues that will complement a diploma or the neighborhood Declaration of Independence. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match their home’s decor.
For photographers, the process of capturing meaningful portraits requires more than first-rate equipment and technical know-how. As the team at Jack Randall Photography knows, photographers must also establish a comfortable environment for their subjects. Armed with high-resolution digital cameras, Jack Randall's photographers capture casual poses and candid moments during shoots conducted at their indoor studio.
With access to thousands of frame and mat combinations, the staff at The Great Frame Up works to protect and enhance customers' wall adornments. They select frames and mats to accommodate each piece and make them stand out in a room even in the midst of distractions like living wallpaper. Specialty items such as diplomas, personalized jerseys, and dorm-room movie posters can also be mounted, and customers can consult with the specialists to find a home for prized possessions such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up performs each framing job onsite, ensuring that keepsakes won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities. For advice, the website offers tips and trends to help customers choose, arrange, hang, and decorate everything, including the art, frame, mat, and glass.