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.
At Knockout Body Boot Camps, former Boise State University football player Brett Denton doles out a special blend of fitness coaching, nutritional counseling, and warm encouragement to help men and women of all fitness levels scale the health mountain. Before commencing your month of hard-core conditioning, schedule a one-on-one consultation, during which he or one of his fleet of trainers will assess your current skill set and propose effective ways for you to turn it into a more sculpted skill set that looks good in a crop top. Challenging boot-camp sessions melt flab by utilizing resistance training to zap calories, tone muscles, and boost confidence. The 30-minute sessions are held indoors and outdoors in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings Monday through Friday; check Knockout's website for updates on camp locations.
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.
Bring any image as small as 700 kb to Perfection Image Studios's professional framers and artists, and they will crop, sharpen and enhance it until it fits on a brilliant 20"x24" Giclée canvas. An Epson 9900 printer uses the industry’s top-of-the-line UltraChrome K3 archival ink to reproduce your photo with cool coloration, superb saturation, and archival preservation for up to 200 years, at which point photographs melt into a puddle of memories. Perfection Image Studios uses American-made canvas and museum-quality, acid-free substrates. To protect against rogue fingerprints and gecko suction cups, the canvas will be machine-coated with a special UV protective finish that is somewhere between glossy and semi-glossy, at which point they will be stretched and ready for framing should you choose. Pictures (.jpeg or .tif files) can either be emailed to the studio or dropped off in person.
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.
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.