Sam Flax South outfits artists and designers with supplies and furniture from top industry brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase to produce masterpieces on any scale. Easels grip canvases as painters blanket them in polychromatic oils and acrylics, just as drafting tables, rulers, and protractors help architects draft the blueprint for the first home built entirely of discarded totem poles. Guests can leaf through paper products and readymade gifts including delicate cards, journals, and calendars. Treasured prints also find displayable homes in Sam Flax’s custom-framing department, where artisans design hangable enclosures that accentuate a picture with a contrasting mat color or an oversize neon arrow that points directly to the image. The in-house framing center applies acid-free matting and seals art in airtight materials to preserve pieces.
It's not every photographer who can list National Geographic on their resume, but Don Sparks has that distinction. He worked there as a photographer/editor at the young age of 22, eventually leaving to expand his skill set within various photo studios across D.C.. At Boudoir Photography of Atlanta, Sparks channels two decades of experience into one role: boudoir photographer. But while his style may be singular, his sessions are never stagnant. Each one is tailored to suit varying comfort levels and any food allergies that prevent the saying of "cheese." They feature custom backgrounds—from solid-colored backdrops to a tulle-festooned bed—and lighting that minimizes imperfections. The result is a saucy, powerful image that clients can treasure for years to come.
Hourly Angel's consultants and assistants wear many hats: temporary employees, virtual assistants, graphic designers, marketers, and other roles essential to startups and small businesses. They even work as event planners. From start to finish, they conceive and realize gatherings such as corporate outings and weddings, taking care of everything from establishing a budget to coordinating vendors. They can also design and print giant banners to announce a special sale or the fact that there's one donut left in the break room. Hourly Angel's versatility is further proved by their client list, which over the years has included everyone from Love Family Farms to Blake's Eatery to Toyota of Union City.
Media-production company imAVio Studios prepares photography, films, and digital design for companies and independent artists worldwide. Their skills run the gamut from headshots and storyboarding to website design and voiceovers for commercials. Creating promotional kits, covering fashion shoots, and even scriptwriting are among their eclectic and artful talents. Experts in visual arts, they can help clients with all needs, from brainstorming to post-production.
As children, two brothers witnessed firsthand the violence that can destroy a home. As adults, the vowed that their daughters would never suffer the same fate. That’s why they founded Divas In Defense, a safe haven for girls and women to learn self-defense techniques. At their personal-safety classes and self-defense workshops, healthy self-esteem and mental strength develop naturally as women learn how to use their own bodies or those of any nearby mannequins to defend themselves. Trainers hone simple strikes and kicks at beginner classes, which evolve into ground techniques at intermediate classes and defense against armed attackers at advanced classes. Their Girls Can Fight Too! program welcomes students as young as 7 to learn how to stave off bullying, date violence, and interact appropriately online, among other skills.
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 to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and with the 30-day design guarantee, clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' décor. FastFrame also offers a lifetime craftmanship guarantee.