Dale Horn first began taking photograph portraits in 1988, and in the following decades he's begun to specialize in candid portrayals of graduating seniors, families, children, and weddings. Dale works in a relaxed setting that puts his subjects at ease, making portrait sessions fun even as he captures defining characteristics of individuals, families, or children. He harnesses years of creative knowledge to turn images of people into works of art, patiently waiting for the right facial expression to capture the subject's personality.
In the company of his studio's resident cat, Vegas Alien’s photographer Jim Warren draws on a background in fine art and commercial shutter-snappery, giving portraits, modeling-portfolio shots, engagement pictures, and graduation photos a sleek, polished sheen. Up to two people can fan their tail feathers for a one-hour photo session in the Vegas Alien studio or at a preferred off-site setting within a 40-mile radius, be it a family home or a low-flying moon. Jim is particularly practiced at boudoir photography, creating sensual images that give your life's bunkmate a much more stimulating picture book to read before bed than Curious George Renews His License at the DMV. He can also pose subjects with beloved cars, motorcycles, and pets.
Grand Frame Inc, an Arlington Heights establishment since 1974, corrals more than 3,000 frames, posters, and display museum cases in its 8,000 square-foot space. Gary Grana, the framery's cofounder, holds two patents in framing technology and has passed his passion for the industry to several members of his family who now guide customers through framing options for sports memorabilia, wedding photos, and lovingly audited tax documents. In addition to carefully inspecting every project that goes through the shop, Gary's expert staff also doles out frame-hanging services to help complete customers' decor. Over the years, the store has continuously evolved its services by offering LCD TV framing and Grand Gone Green products, a signature line that embraces an eco-friendly approach to picture framing.
Established in December of 2000, The Framers Edge aims to safeguard artwork, photographs, and keepsakes to be cherished for generations. Using museum-grade, conservation-quality materials, the owners design and hand-craft custom framing projects that can range from a child's drawing to an autographed guitar. With thousands of mouldings and matboards, customers are in complete control how their heirlooms are preserved and cherished. The owners work onsite, taking on framing projects starting from $125 and specialty jersey framing, custom acrylic cases, and shadowboxes starting from $325.
At Chapmans’ Frame & Gallery, archival experts wield 18 years of experience to snugly fit photos into custom frames, and an assortment of artwork and accessories awaits to adorn bare walls, alcoves, and limbs. Patrons can shorten holiday shopping lists with a variety of small gift items. Small prints or handmade earrings stuff stockings with artistic style, and easels proudly display shoppers' masterpieces or still-lifes that double as impeccably detailed grocery lists. Pulling from a large selection of customized wood and matting ($50—$200), Chapmans’ framing fanatics preserve beloved photos or precious works or art, creating custom pieces that may be as simple or as opulent as the customer deems fit. Staff border an 11"x14" print with a two-inch double mat, a black wood frame, glass, backing, and finish ($100) before returning it ready for display above a mantel or inside the refrigerator.