Worcester Photo Studios unveils a picture-snapping emporium to customers and photographers alike. Inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, a dozen shooting areas surround sessions in a wide range of settings, and mammoth bay doors grant access to larger-than-life props, such as cars, boats, and scale replicas of downtown Worcester. For shutterbugs lacking their own home base, the studio offers a membership program that includes use of its spaces; in the future, the studio plans to install a classroom, salon-style stations, and a kitchen set, complete with fully functioning appliances and a fully functioning Emeril Lagasse.
Shotsy Photography's camera maven sees the world in snapshots. Each moment that flicks by is rich with meaning and emotion. Her passion for pictures is infectious and on full display during photo shoots for kids, families, and couples. Besides portraits, she covers special events such as weddings and arranges classy and empowering boudoir photo sessions.
Constructed in the early 1900s, the building that Paper City Pictures calls home adds its own vintage character to the studio’s photography. Although the antique structure has been renovated to have a sleek, modern feel, it retains some of its original design elements, reminding visitors of its historic and timeless quality. Restored brick walls and the original wood mill floors lay the foundation for Paper City Pictures’ colorful sets, including a sapphire-colored backdrop that can bring out the color of a child's eyes or the shiny coat of an australian cattle dog. In another area, a large mural depicts a gray-and-black urban scene where subjects strike poses on a wrought-iron bench or raise their hands to hail a 2-D taxi. Aside from in-studio portraits of families and individuals, the photographers also venture out to events such as weddings, birthday parties, and reunions and specialize in performance shots for dancers or band members.
If BTTR Booths photo booths were people, they'd be a considerate bunch. Each booth greets guests with a friendly welcome screen and displays a countdown before each shot, allowing patrons time to pin up the corners of their mouths. But of course, the booths aren't people?they're highly portable machines outfitted with big screens, high-resolution cameras, and speedy printers that churn out up to six copies of each photo strip. Before stepping inside its confines, partygoers can accessorize with more than 350 props and consult with the booth attendant, who fixes any glitches and dons a tux for formal occasions.
Edward J. Parent specializes in portraits, capturing shots of families, models, and children in his downtown studio. He also brings his photography talents on-location to immortalize memories of special events, such as weddings, sweet 16s, or senior portraits for graduation.
The experienced, college-trained harmony wizards at Agawam Music dole out top-notch musical tutelage to budding musicians tickling all variety of instruments. Each personalized, one-on-one lesson allows drummers to drum, flautists to flaut, and saxophonists to phone home with the news that their pitch is really improving. Agawam also verses pupils in the arts of electric and acoustic guitar, piano, clarinet, and bass. Blossoming virtuosos can hone their euphonious skills in an array of genres such as blues, jazz, classical, and elevator muzak. Lessons are scheduled at a set time and day each week, and any added costs for learning materials, such as music books and gold-plated metronomes, will be the responsibility of the student.