DRS Photography's team of accomplished shutter snappers draws on more than 100 combined years of experience capturing famous performers to tutor pupils in photographic technique before guiding them through practice sessions. Camera-bearing apprentices absorb rudimentary knowledge and skills during a course with professional photographers, such as learning about aperture and lenses, controlling shutter speed, manipulating different lighting configurations, composing exciting shots, and capturing the precise moment when one of the Mount Rushmore heads sneezes. Subsequent hands-on sessions shuffle students among various on-location sets based on different lighting setups and scenarios.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
The adept craftspeople of MVP Trophy and Awards emblazon keepsakes for personalization and to commemorate achievements. Unique etchings of words or a logo elevate simple gifts to pricelessness, transforming a classic wood-boxed chess set into a distinctive cast of characters for a vacant dollhouse. Successes can be immortalized upon trophies, plaques, and statuettes for displaying upon a mantelpiece or mounting to the hood of a car.
The same versatility that helped Lauren McClintock transition from active duty in the army to photography informs her wide-ranging photo portfolio. A wedding photographer with an eye for lovey-dovey moments, McClintock has also drawn on her BS in Photojournalism to capture stark portraits of Cleveland’s homeless.
During her photo shoots, McClintock gets to know her subjects before showcasing their personalities in her portraits. During shoots in the settings where subjects feel most comfortable--which range from church socials to hammocks strung between two recliners—she composes her images to capture authentic moments and sensory memories. She honors the keepsake nature of photographs with high-quality prints, emblazoned on long-lasting acid-free paper.
The Frame Center's staff draw upon the business's 30 years of operation to provide decorative and museum-quality framing services for original artwork, prints, and other memorabilia. With roughly 2,000 frames and hundreds of mats to choose from, mounted and framed pictures under glass start at $29.95 for an 11"x14" frame and $74.95 for a 32"x40". Prices can increase for higher-quality wood frames, which many customers choose in order to enhance velvet portraits unearthed from the basement of the Louvre. Mats range from paper and museum-grade conservation material to hand-wrapped fabrics to provide a suitable backdrop for a wide variety of keepsakes. The Frame Center's experienced staff also encases shadow-boxed objects, photo portraits, and diplomas ($100+), as well as needlepoint or cross-stitch pieces ($70+). A wall display ($24.95+) offers a long-lasting way to display children's' illustrations or campaign posters for Clifford the Big Red Dog.