Shutterstop Photography’s resident shutterbug, Mike, has a playful sense about photography. While fun is a key word, he’s gained myriad experience over the years in such genres as fashion, glamour, and art portraiture with a touch of commercial flair. Mike wants “to turn everyone into a superhero, a cover girl, an icon.” And he pulls that off during shoots for models, performers, athletes, families, and even pets. He also customizes photo sessions for moms-to-be and high-school seniors.
Glenn Young studied art at Santa Clara University before serving as a photographer in the Peace Corps in The Gambia. Upon his return, he founded Artscapes, where he funnels his 20 years of professional photography and framing experience into art preservation. His clientele includes private collectors as well as museums such as the DeSaisset Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art. And to stay at the forefront of art preservation, he learns best practices and advanced techniques from the Western Regional Paper Conservation Laboratory, where paper cloning was invented.
Glenn pours all this experience and training into leading his team of trained visual artists and craftsmen. The skilled staff takes an individualized approach to framing that relies on museum-quality materials such as hand-wrapped fabric liners, French matting, and UV-filtering plexiglass for long-lasting results. In addition to housing works of art from paintings to photographs in a selection of 2,000 frames, they keep their gallery stocked with antique posters, movie posters, and paintings for elegant home decor.
The press-lauded commercial shutterbug and digital image pro behind Soo Photography, Michael Soo has lent his expertise in commercial, food, and portrait photography to numerous international publications, including the New York Times. Drawing upon his expertise and multicultural background to educate fledgling photographers, Soo hosts workshops, teaches classes, and runs an online forum where digital cameras discuss technique in binary. Beginner- and intermediate-level classes acquaint novices with the art form, and advanced courses delve into lighting, black-and-white photography, portraiture, weddings, product photography, and how to cover up red eye with drawn-on mustaches. The classes also assist in lighting techniques, learning exposure and composition, and how to photograph portraits.
The archival specialists at Willow Glen Art & Frame have occupied the same Lincoln Avenue storefront for more than 35 years, and their dedication to the craft remains evident in the way they eschew standard gallery framing techniques in favor of fully customized picture frames. Knowing that each unhung canvas that enters their store is someone’s precious heirloom or priceless work of art, the framers take care to consult with customers before suggesting wood, metal, or acrylic styles to best complement the object. Every one-of-a-kind frame comes into being with the assistance of computer-guided mat-cutting technology and glass that protects against harsh UV waves, ensuring that still-life paintings of grapes do not dry into raisins over the years.
At AIM Mail Center, your videotape will be in the hands of professional technicians, expertly trained to turn clunky video formats into DVDs that can last for 30 to 100 years. This deal turns up to two hours of footage in VHS, VHS-C, Video 8mm, Hi8, Digital8, and MiniDV formats into a new shiny DVD that will play back in crisp high resolution. Drop off treasured film of your baby’s first step or your pet beagle’s first harmonica solo, and the friendly, careful AIM Mail Center staff will inform you when your old videotape and the DVD copy are ready for pickup. With a high-quality digital copy, DVD players everywhere can bring your formerly decaying video memories to VHS-free television sets with the click of a button.
Armed with 20 years of experience and an encyclopedic knowledge of light, composition, color, and storytelling, the photographers at Krazy Zexy immortalize sensuous moments. Krazy Zexy specializes in helping women find and flaunt their sexy side with fun, flirtatious photo sessions. They retouch the images to ensure each element of the photo is picture-perfect and the resulting images make perfect gifts for loved ones.