At Pictures Plus, teams of framing technicians help preserve and display customers’ precious artwork and images with mounting and framing services. The walls of the studio beckon to visitors with rows of leather, pewter, and enamel frames for protecting art and family photos. They can also peruse shadow boxes, good for preserving and presenting medals, seashells, and collections of celebrity toenail clippings. The shop’s Urban Ashes collection allows framing experts to preserve Michigan's precious natural resources through the use of locally salvaged materials and scrap ash wood.
The 5,100-square-foot studio at Photo Studio Group is a blank canvas upon which a community of visiting and member artists stages their craft. For an hourly rate, photographers can click their shutters at a professional studio backdrop and use lights, backgrounds, and grip equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. A series of workshops bring the ins and outs of the industry into focus, including a class on studio techniques that covers set design, hair and makeup collaboration, and teaching mannequins to hold a pose. Photo foundations workshops focus on topics such as camera equipment and composition, and Photoshop workshops introduce students to the image-enhancing software and other Creative Suite applications. Photo Studio Group also hosts a pro lecture series, where esteemed photographers and designers chat about their techniques in a casual setting.
The artisans at Frameworks have designed more than 300,000 pieces since they first opened in 1975. Their skilled designers print, mat, and frame photos of all sizes in-house with materials culled from their three retail locations and warehouse facilities. While artisans fill shadowboxes with sports and entertainment memorabilia, staffers keep shelves stocked with fine art prints. Imaging specialists artfully enhance, edit, and enlarge photos to create striking decorative pieces, such as a family portrait to adorn your mantlepiece or a picture of your oven to keep your toaster from forgetting where it came from, its mom. They can also employ graphic design techniques to create historical time-lines or collages of company events. To present clients with handmade works of art, Frameworks partners with artists who specialize in watercolors, oil paintings, and professional photography.
A group of nine people stand smiling for a photo—teammates, a family, a group of old friends. They all grin together, and when the photo is developed, eight of the nine have their eyes open. Hite Photo addresses this and other common photo problems directly, offering retouching, restoration, and a head-or-eye switch service, which eliminates the difficulty of getting a big group to all smile fetchingly or group-grimace in unison.
Professional photographer Bella Silva Cacilhas and her all-female staff aim to unleash each subject's most sensual personality traits in 90-minute boudoir photography sessions. Clients meet for a pre-session consultation at their bedroom or at Bella Studio to determine their session's theme and preemptively choose poses. Bella employs dramatic lighting to capture flattering angels of intimate posturing, and subjects can make up to two costume changes using their own sultry wardrobe pieces and supplied accessories such as scarves, hats, and zebra-print construction helmets. Each session produces 35–50 shots for transfer to a private online gallery, while the session's best image achieves existence in real space-time as an 11"x16" print. Staff expertly check and retouch each photo for blemishes before proofing. Subjects can augment facial canvases with Face by Julie Gray makeup for an additional $20.
The Art of Custom Framing transforms interior spaces with collectibles, fine art, and wall decor, as well as high-quality custom framing services. Inside the store's gallery, eyes can only try to keep pace with the thousands of options and combinations that stretch across walls and displays. An extensive sports section boasts professionally licensed memorabilia that always leaves the store accompanied by necessary authentications, and an ever-changing arsenal of original pieces and prints showcases the handiwork of both local and nationally acclaimed artists. Rather than trying to frame the entire family's lineup of snow angels, customers can use the know-how of veteran design consultants to safely usher keepsakes into the future.