Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Soccer Plus owner Tripp Miller brings more than 20 years of soccer coaching and training experience to his soccer sporting-goods store. The shop boasts sports gear and athletic apparel from major brands, such as Adidas, Under Armour, and Nike, and cleats and multicolored soccer balls line Soccer Plus’s walls in order to distract customers from the back room’s deflated ball graveyard. Sports enthusiasts bound for a practice session on the pitch can cocoon their bodies in Adidas shorts and shirts ($19.99+ each), adult athletic shoes ($44.95+), and a pair of Oakley sunglasses ($59.95+). An Under Armour sweatshirt ($39.99+) wraps torsos in durable fabric that can withstand assaults from chilly breezes and the pouring tears of defeated opponents.
Nan’s Notes stocks patrons’ homes with an ever-expanding inventory of picture frames, candles, and gifts from brands such as Clark Stationery and Vera Bradley. Patrons can write theoretical physics equations on a variety of notepaper and stationery ($11–$35), then defy the laws of physics by building a freshly scented perpetual-motion machine from Tyler candles and fragrance products ($7+). Nan’s also provides fodder for weddings, birthday parties, and alien-abduction anniversaries with giftware items ($11–$100), which run the gamut from painted ceramic dishware and tote bags to festive decorative picture frames.
Certified professional photographers Michael and Angela Koska impart fledgling photogs with digital-picture-taking knowledge during the four-hour workshop. The class is divided into three parts—Digital Basics, Taking Better Pictures, and What to Do After the Shoot—to cover all aspects of digital photography. Each camera crusader will learn the fundamentals and snapshooting, from how to use the flash correctly, to how to take pictures quickly enough to capture an image of The Flash. Students will also study backgrounds, foregrounds, and how to get up-close and personal without invading someone's personal space. Before the class ends, aspiring Annie Leibovitzes will know how to eliminate instances of red-eye and what camera angles best capture replicas of The Thinker made entirely of discarded pizza boxes.
As a mother of six, Mandy Smith knows what's special about being a parent. Whether coaxing smiles from wee ones or highlighting the natural beauty of moms-to-be, her personal experiences and respect for motherhood lend an easy grace to her images. Mandy snaps her shutter as youngsters and their families strike poses in front of an in-studio background or natural outdoor backdrop. Afterward, she transforms her client's favorite shots into prints, enlargements, or gallery wraps. In addition to her straightforward portraiture, she captures specific themes in Easter mini sessions and holiday sessions that yield photographic Christmas cards to wish a friend well or remind a relative what you look like.