More than 20 years of photography experience grants PhotoArts Marin's Glen Graves more than just an eye for an ideal snapshot. His skill with traditional film cameras, lighting, and composition elements imbues his photos with a quality that has drawn the attention of such clients as Ford, US Air, and Architectural Digest. When not capturing boudoir portraits or smiling families during photo shoots, Glen can be found in the classroom teaching aspiring photographers the tricks of the trade, from using dynamic angles to frame a subject to how saying “cheese” banishes spirits intent on photobombing.
The technicians at 1st American Air harness powerful vacuums, ultraviolet light, and electrostatic technology to improve one of the most natural and essential parts of human existence: breathing. Air-duct experts use high-tech devices such as shrinking machines to journey into the home’s hidden passageways to draw out dirt and dust, and they can install germicidal lights to pre-emptively ward off the growth of bacteria and viruses. Technicians can also purify air and thwart the dissemination of allergens by spritzing sanitizing agents into ducts or installing electrostatic filters that pluck unsuspecting dirt particles out of the air using magnetic charges.
Frank Denevi is a technical expert when it comes to photography and video transfers, but that's not the only reason he's well known in the Bay Area. In the 1960s, he was one of the first business owners in the city to appear in his own television commercials, complete with a memorable jingle: "Dublin, Berkeley, San Lorenzo, Cupertino and San Jose…"
Today, major corporations such as Kodak and Walgreens trust Frank Denevi and his son, Michael, with their media transfer needs, but the Denevis and their staff also lend their expertise to individuals. They convert home videos, photos, and slides from VHS to digital formats that can easily be read by a DVD player or plugged directly into technologically advanced brains. DVDs are archival quality and come with protective poly cases; the playable discs include easy to use chapter mark navigation.
Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.
At Pharaoh Studios, owner and master photographer James F. Edwards peeks through his lens to capture the complex and singular personalities of actors, models, and families. In doing so, he consults with his clients and incorporates their ideas when staging group portraits, senior pictures, or headshots. He can then touch up the best photos and transform them into specialty items, including posters and zed cards, which showcase an actress or model's finest photographs.
When not shooting within his professional studio, Edwards and his camera travel on-location and through time to encapsulate moments at weddings and birthday parties.
The technicians from Organically Maid know that, while a clean home is nice, a clean Earth is even nicer. That's why they pack a supply of organic, non-toxic products ready for use during each of their house cleaning sessions. Techs tackle domestic work in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and all living spaces in between. Whether they're sanitizing showers or vacuuming up dust bunnies who recently gained the inconvenient power of self-awareness, they keep homes spotless during customized sessions available on a weekly, monthly, or one-time basis.