This week may bring Michael Kors and Bebe, and next week could feature Ann Taylor and Seven, but no matter when someone stops in Eye of the Beholder Consignments, items from high-profile brands can be found on the shelves. Handbags may carry names such as Prada, Coach, and Juicy Couture, and clothing may hail from Talbots, Chico's, and Coldwater Creek. The shop also stocks shoes, business suits, and maternity wear for expectant mothers and dudes who just want to get closer to their children by dressing as a nanny. A portion of proceeds goes to charities such as the Baltimore Humane Society and the American Cancer Society.
Gene Essel of Fotosbygene shoots everything at a high resolution for images sharp in focus and color. The high resolution develops crystal-clear details, and his training allows him to draw out his clients’ personalities and capture their best angles. He achieves that during portrait sessions for families and individuals, active events such as skateboarding, and special events such as weddings.
The restorative experts at Techlab Photo provide a variety of filmy services, including traditional-film processing, original prints, slideshows, audio/video transfer, and more. VHS tapes and filmstrips lose quality over time, so prolong their viewing cycle by converting to DVD. Aging photographs can time warp via the image-enhancing touch of Techlab's photo-restoration services, including color correction, contrast adjustment, and cleaning. A variety of high-end services, such as picture-slideshow creation and custom photo-book printing are also available to capture the many souls of life's memories. Pricing varies by project; call for details.
As a child, Rocky Thorpe would go on adventures on his own that would often lead him to museums where he’d spend the day photographing exhibits. As he grew up, he discovered that this habit of documenting his own life and capturing the world’s beauty around him was not just a hobby, but a passion. Today, with Eclectic Fotos, he makes photography his life, shooting everything from weddings and modeling sessions to portraits of families, children, and moms-to-be. Boudoir sessions and private events, such as birthday parties and corporate functions, are also within his scope of skills. To enhance photo packages, he offers such extras as hand-bound albums as well as DVD slide shows.
Maybe it was Bob Cullen's experience taking photographs in Moscow during the Cold War that gives his pictures so much empathy and a strong sense of style. Maybe it’s his knack for narrative as a former reporter for Newsweek. Whatever the case, subjects always seem to look happy and comfortable in front of Cullen’s camera—and he's happy when they're satisfied with the images. He uses this talent to capture people in their own environments, ultimately yielding portraits where subjects of all ages and walks of life say the same thing: “I am me.”
Alfredo Flores first became interested in music as a kid, when he studied piano. Nowadays, the award-winning photographer studies musicians instead, snapping shots of artists such as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and Marc Anthony. His images have been featured in media outlets from the New York Times to Elle magazine as well as in family photo albums throughout DC. When Flores isn’t chronicling A-list events, he uses his photojournalistic style to capture weddings’ romantic moments, such as the newlyweds kissing at the altar or the cutting of the cake to reveal the cupcake inside. Flores’s far-reaching talents also help him compose artful portraits, corporate headshots, and editorial spreads for clients.