Framed by Kosal's archivists comb a vast inventory of conservation materials to retrieve mats and mouldings that best showcase each client's valuables. By giving special attention to each custom framing order, the archivists carry on a tradition that began when the shop first began preserving artwork, keepsakes, and entire refrigerator doors. From in-store to at-home consultations, staff members guide customers toward the framing materials that optimize beauty and longevity. In addition to framing, Framed by Kosal's specialists offer photo restoration and large-format photo printing, and stock the store with a wide selection of art.
Out of Jennifer Dougan’s entire family-centric photography portfolio, her favorite shots are the ones of newborns and toddlers. She enjoys the unpredictability of tots’ interactions with the most complicated toy they’ve ever seen: the camera. The adaptability she demonstrates in these shoots serves her equally well in her grown-up shoots, which cover everything from weddings to tiny plastic couples being introduced into their natural wedding-cake habitat. In the studio, families and bouncing youngsters pose in front of patterned backdrops before browsing photos in the online galleries Jennifer maintains.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where professional photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a professional, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket or a family heirloom. From a first baby portrait to senior pictures and engagement photos, JCPenney Portraits helps to preserve special family memories to come.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond traditional printed portraits, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution CD, gallery wraps, wall art, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Framed, which was named runner-up for Best Frame Shop in 2010 by readers of the New Haven Advocate, uses careful custom-framing techniques to produce well-balanced rectangles for all occasions. Overseen by 15-year framing veterans Liz Hellwig and Rocco Compitello, the staff at Framed meets with prospective project doers, ironing out the two-dimensional details for projects large and small. These canvas wranglers practice conservation framing, a technique that keeps pieces true to their original condition through the use of specialized glass and acid-free mat boards. Likewise, to ensure quality and a pleasant lack of presidential apparitions, all custom projects are constructed on-site, in the store's comprehensive workshop. Though framing rates vary from project to project, an average 18"x24" piece—including black wood frame, standard glass, and dry mounting—starts at approximately $66.
The photo-lab technicians at Ross Imaging Center deftly manipulate celluloid memories to produce crisp prints, high-resolution digital images, video transfers, and more. Scanning services, such as slide scans ($2/slide for 1–10 slides) and negative scans ($5.95 for an uncut roll of up to 36 exposures) usher old-fashioned snapshots into the high-res digital age with pixilated images to set inside the mantelpiece iPad. Pictures amassed over dozens of Secretary Appreciation Days condense conveniently onto one CD with the shoebox scan ($39.95 for up to 250 photos) for easy perusal.
A VideoView Production places video projects into the trusted hands of an experienced videographer and production guru. In his more than three decades in the industry, owner Ed Deet has built and operated TV studios, taught college video workshops, and produced several documentaries and video testimonials. He brings his expertise to bear in film transfer and video restoration services, placing home movies in more durable formats so that memories can last for the long haul.