Get your page-turning finger licked and ready for an editorial exploration of Idaho's history, landscape, architecture, geology, outdoor recreation, and more. Created by and for Idahoans, Idaho magazine shares the stories of the state one month at a time. June's issue featured the first installment of a thoughtful two-part recollection of late wordsmith and conservationist Ted Trueblood, an excerpt from F. Willard Robinson's book Hit the Silk!: How a Boise Native Helped to Save George Bush, Sr., In World War II, and lots of handsome high-end ink. Check the archive to see more past stories.
In 1975, photographers Kristen Cole and David Marr founded their eponymous workshops in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, with only a darkroom, some developing equipment, and a classroom that could barely hold five students and a small grizzly bear. After 20 years of educating New Englanders, the talented duo relocated its expanding school to Boise to impart the duo's commercial and artistic expertise to students in the Treasure Valley. Cole/Marr Photography Workshops now illuminates the art of image capture in Boise's renovated Cultural Center, which houses the school's three darkrooms, studio and framing areas, digital workstations, and a photo library. Open to new framers and advanced snappers alike, the workshops' curriculums span fundamentals of both traditional and digital photography, with seminars on topics such as the darkroom process, Photoshop editing, and portraiture. Pupil and instructor galleries inspire with beautiful shots, many taken during photo safaris led by Cole and Marr to destinations as diverse as the contents of a communal diary.
When photographer Aubrey Brower captures an artful image through her lens, she isn't quite satisfied. After snapping a mixture of posed and candid shots, she heads to her computer to subtly brighten colors, correct flaws, and reframe subjects for the most striking, polished final product that could possibly adorn a mantle, online profile, or voodoo shrine. With passion and an eye-for-detail, she hopes to yield vivid engagement prints, family portraits, or boudoir images that have the power to transport viewers back to memorable moments in time.
SVS Inc.'s video production team unleashes their media prowess to shoot professional music videos, commercials, corporate videos, and virtually any type of moving image. They’ve shot and edited video for the likes of Ballet Idaho and RAWArtists Boise, orchestrating a fashion flash mob spectacle with a phalanx of models. When not capturing video for future music and fashion stars, SVS Inc. works with families to create video greeting cards, which they can upload directly to Youtube or a compatible family member's brain.
Up in Pieces prints custom jigsaw puzzles in various shapes and designs, using your personal photos and water-resistant UltraChrome inks, which are said to last 80 years before fading. Puzzle purchasers can tinker with a slew of options on the shop’s website to create custom puzzles ($20 base price for an 8”x10” puzzle) or choose from four unique puzzle-piece styles, with the option to add novelty pieces ($5 each) cut to look like butterflies, words, or famous Lithuanian diplomats. Predesigned cuts allow customers to decorate an 8”x10” cake-shaped puzzle ($25) or beautify an 8”x10” heart-shaped puzzle ($25) with the countenance of a loved one. In addition, an in-house graphic designer oversees every Up in Pieces puzzle order to ensure clients’ photos remain vibrant and are never stretched or skewed.
A & R owners Mark Romriell and Neil Ashcraft swiftly restore health to sick, sluggish workstations using time-tested expertise and tech-savvy touches. Whether a virus-ridden computer is at home or in the office, the benevolent disk doctors will vanquish malicious software, boosting weakened operating systems and securing private files during the one-hour visit. Should a problem prove too complicated for an in-home visit, the repairmen will haul troubled PCs to their office, where more advanced techniques can be employed overnight. The staff can also replace antiquated home networks with wireless upgrades, allowing owners to use laptops on the roof and free up wires for more important tasks, such as holding up pants. If computing problems take more than an hour to fix, Groupon users can opt to continue the service at a special discounted rate of $45 per additional hour.