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.
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.
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.
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.”
Armed with nothing but a Polaroid camera, a young Carrie Schluckbier created portraits for her very first clients: stuffed animals. Though her passion for photography has remained the same since her childhood years, her skills have only improved. These days, she photographs professionally for Capital Boudoir alongside fellow shutterbugs John Porter and Mike Burns, whose publication credits include The Washington Post.
The trio not only shares a dedication to their craft, but also a dedication to making their guests feel beautiful and comfortable. Before having clients step in front of the lens, they have them select flattering outfits and sit down for a cosmetic session with resident makeup artist Gina Robinson. Once subjects are gussied up, the photographers coach models through a series of poses, capturing each sultry, yet tasteful look in artfully composed images. During post-shoot viewing sessions, clients can determine which pictures they want to retouch and preserve with prints or full-back tattoos.