Photographer Amy Kilgannon snaps classic portraits against simple white backgrounds, which can be left blank or filled with digital textures and images in the cutting room. She retains authentic colors by keeping her exposure at an even keel, and captures natural smiles by keeping her sessions relaxed and tailoring them to her clients’ interests. During teen photoshoots, clients can nestle their iPhones safely in the studio's docking station, which is guarded by an aggressive hen, as Amy snaps photos while they strike poses in their favorite outfits. She also hosts parties for children with costumes and snacks before sending each guest home with their portrait as a keepsake. For athletes, dancers, and sports teams, Amy crafts portraits and documents events before adorning each shot with team colors and logos or arranging images into a yearbook. When Amy isn't chronicling her clients' life stories, she teaches photography classes that touch on creative and technical topics such as composition and lighting.
Layla Photography Services’ versatile shutterbug applies his passion and fervor for the art during on-location portrait sessions as well as special events such as Sweet 16 parties and banquets. As a member of the Professional Photographers Association, he makes photography his life, working with each client closely to achieve exactly the kind of photo session they have in mind.
The shutterbugs at MotoPhoto capture natural expressions in portrait shoots, but they also enhance those shots with retouching services. Rather than drawing smiles on their subjects with lipstick, the professionals elicit relaxed dimples during their sessions, and they are happy to aim their lenses either in-studio or at the subjects’ home. After the experts edit out their flyaway hairs, subjects can order everything from collages and calendars to custom photo books and greeting cards.
In addition to creating new images, MotoPhoto deals with existing photographs, scanning the contents of old albums to create digital files and restoring age-worn photographs. They also transfer the contents of VHS tapes to DVDs, preserving videos of a youngster’s first bike ride or a tiny pothole’s first attempt to wreck a bicycle.
Kari Ring directs her aperture at all manner of familial moments, drawing on her experience as both a photographer and digital artist for her shoots. Between expeditions to capture nature and architecture, she catalogs scenes of engaged couples, smiling families, and children riding away on their birthday piñatas.
The UPS Store's squad of project facilitators helps to assuage pre-presentation stress with a buffet of professional copying, printing, and binding services. Replicate important memos via black and white copying ($.10 each), commemorate the printer's first test page with a protective lamination treatment ($2.05/8.5"x11" sheet), or produce professional-quality color copies of cherished flyers on 28-pound paper ($.99 each). Patrons compiling a corporate report or preparing a novella-style resumé can tether pages together with UPS Store comb binding ($3.99 each). In addition, faxing ($2/page), scanning ($1/page) and notary services ($5/page) are available. The Cranford store is open from 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday and keeps its copiers simmering on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., giving shoppers a chance to finish their errands before work or during company-sponsored games of Hide and Seek.
The artisans at Express Frames preserve photos, artwork, and mementos with more than 2,000 custom and archival frames by brands such as Larson-Juhl and Roma Moulding. They cut mats with a precise, computerized process, and offer more than 10 types of glass—including nonreflective glass, museum-quality glass, and Plexiglas. The art in the shop dances off framed mirrors by Uttermost, and staffers display signed Steiner Sports prints of athletes hitting homeruns or successfully untangling a whole bunch of Christmas lights.
New Jersey Monthly chronicles the events, stories, businesses, and trends emerging and flourishing in the Garden State. Through print and online editions, journalists share with readers their recent discoveries; such as what brand new restaurants are opening across town or which doctors earn their patients' trust through caring, experienced service. Annual features such as the Best of Jersey rate the state's top restaurants, beauty venues, and health facilities, helping readers make informed entertainment decisions instead of picking a restaurant by its menu font. Along with eatery and spa features, the magazine also contains tidbits on fall day trip destinations, emerging local artists, and upcoming concerts.