Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She?s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show I Hate my Kitchen, on the episode entitled Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show?s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop?s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
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), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $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.
Modern Canvas’s printing specialists transform photographs into personalized, one-of-a-kind works of art. Customers send high-resolution photographs to Modern Canvas via email or FTP, and in 5–10 business days, they receive their image printed onto a professional-quality canvas. Printers can augment canvases with special techniques such as the Warhol effect, which renders photographs in the pop-art style of the 1960s icon or replaces smiles with cans of soup. Canvases are available in sizes ranging from 10"x10" to 96"x96".
The wrong outfit can ruin a portrait, which is why Vlad Krasnogorsky allows his subjects to change clothes as frequently as they wish during in-studio sessions at Advantage Photography. Once they feel comfortable, Vlad draws on his training at the New York Institute of Photography and more than 15 years of experience behind the lens to snap shots that gel with each subject's personal style.
Vlad's own style runs the gamut, from action shots of performing gymnasts to classic and contemporary portraits of high school seniors, families, engaged couples and weddings. He preserves those images with products including prints up to 24"x30" in size, coffee table albums, and photo collages. His services also include framing and restoring damaged or old photographs with technology more advanced than scotch tape and a Sharpie to retouch mustaches.
Glamour Shots made its name as a place where women could be transformed into models and immortalized in photographs. Though makeup, hair, and wardrobe services are still available with each session, Glamour Shots now offers portraiture for individuals of any gender as well as families, children, and houseplants. Unique personalities shine in Glamour Shots?s galleries, which depict everything from children with airbrushed angel wings to women clad in lingerie. Digital images can be transformed into a number of prints and products, including wall art and graduation announcements. Glamour Shots guarantees clients? satisfaction or it will retake portraits without a session fee or exchange poses for a small additional fee within 14 days.
A gorgeous woman balancing atop a rustic railroad tie. A cool guy in sunglasses leaning against a brick wall. A washed out image of a woman reclining on cement stairs. These aren't the liner notes of every Billy Joel album ever, though their professional-grade quality is on par. Rather, these unique shots come from LEO Pictures' impressive portfolio. Most of the shots contain urban flourishes, as well as vibrant color schemes that allow certain features, such as red lips or a bright green shirt, to pop. The master shutterbug behind these attractive, delightfully off-kilter kodachromes is Avesta Jowkar, who lends his compositional eye to weddings, engagement announcements, high school senior portraits, family portraits, and kid sessions.