Ugly Duckling Portraits' seasoned cameraman Charles Gilbert freezes moments into family, newborn, and infant portraits, senior pictures, and professional headshots. Gilbert captures images for one to two hours as customers pose in a chosen location such as a treasured family garden, terrace, or freeway underpass. Alternatively, clients can model at a private studio and fuse their images with a choice of more than 100 green-screen backdrops including fall trees, American flags, and streaming colors. Four to five business days after sessions, customers can peruse an online slideshow of up to 40 images captured during the shoot and select one to take home as an 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" print, or select five images to be digitally retouched. Finally, the studio prints the client's favorite image with luster or glossy finish, and prints the client's most despised image onto a napkin and sets it aflame.
Charlie Dunn found his calling when he saw a photographer shoot a wedding, producing memorable pictures?that had a profound emotional effect on the people who received them. Charlie wanted to be a part of that, so he honed his skills studying under the very photographer who inspired him. Two years later he struck out on his own and founded?Photography Dunrite Studios. Today, Charlie shoots weddings as often as family portraits, working equally well on location?the stream in South Shooks Run Park is a favorite spot to take pictures?or in his 2,000-square-foot studio, which features cinematic-style backdrops to spice up any shoot.
Spicy boudoir poses and pin-up-style portraits with an assortment of props, or babies playing with hats and splashing in the bath. Sandy Puc’ specializes in these and other styles of photography. When the award-winning photographer isn't snapping shots, she shares her love of photography and connects with budding shutterbugs worldwide through speaking engagements and services such as Sandy Puc’ University and Ukandu––a store for photography tools. In Denver, she runs photography courses where students go from learning the basics of DSLR cameras to photographing a live model and receiving group critiques. When she’s not discussing and teaching photography, Sandy practices it along with her colleague Helen Noakes during sessions with kids, high school seniors, families, and individuals.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Element One Photography's owner and lead photographer Kim Kowalczik pays great attention to every detail about her business. Ms. Kowalczik assembled everything in her studio, from the vibrant backdrops, to the professional lighting, to the staffers themselves. She works alongside a professional team of photographers and certified makeup artists, who in turn work closely with photo subjects of all ages. They capture families, newborns, couples, and graduating students, being sure to combine both posed and candid shots. Photogs can also work with pets, which is rare considering they typically refuse to appear in anything but film. Additionally, Element One Photography isn't confined to its studio. Its photographers travel on-location for photo shoots in homes, parks, or other photogenic locales.
When he was in college, Brian Hart didn't own any furniture, but he lined his walls with framed art. He'd always loved art, so moving into the framing industry—a service geared toward showcasing everything from great masterpieces to sentimental items—was a natural step. After graduation, he spent six months working at local framing stores for free, studying the business and framing Vermeer's The Concert on the sly.
With help from his mom, Brian opened Frame de Art over 23 years ago. Though technology has changed—with industry innovations including the advent of computerized mat-cutting and visualization software—the store still takes pride in meticulous attention to detail, winning it a spot on ABC 7's A-list in 2008 and 2009 and was voted best custom framing by Denver A-list in 2013. An inventory of over 1,000 moldings encompasses diverse styles from modern metal pieces to rustic wood or bamboo frames. The staff helps customers give their works museum-quality looks and protection, finding the acid-free frame that best compliments each piece of fine art, photographs, sports memorabilia, or 3-D mementos.