FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
FastFrame’s skilled framers customize borders for an array of wall-worthy pieces. Selecting from an extensive inventory of materials, they craft frames to showcase original artwork or to endow special photographs with a dignified display. Their carefully curated conservation materials prevent works of art from fading and prevent their subjects from sprouting a 5 o’clock shadow. But the framesmiths don't limit themselves to two dimensions—sports memorabilia, kids’ artwork, and other three-dimensional objects find artistic preservation within shadowboxes. They even transform flat-screen TVs into customized, framed works of art by installing a VisionArt feature, which transmits the still image of a painting, family portrait, or favorite infomercial onto idle screens.
After vacationing in France in the early 1970s, retired physicist Carl Sontheimer was inspired to go back to work. He?d seen a new gadget?a mechanized food processor for restaurants?and wanted to retool it for passionate home cooks like himself. His machine was efficient and versatile: mixing eggs into puff pastry took 15 minutes for a human, 10 minutes for a trained chimpanzee, but just 15 seconds in the food processor. Immediately, revered chefs including Julia Child, Jacques P?pin, and James Beard applauded the invention, and Beard even wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to the machine. Decades later, Cuisinart?s line of innovative products ranges from waffle makers and rice cookers to eco-friendly nonstick pans.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
Photographers Hector Espinoza and Nancy Li both love the city and the water, which might explain their penchant for shooting on-location in natural light. With an unobtrusive style, they aim their cameras during such outdoor events as weddings, family gatherings, and portrait sessions, all with a knack for capturing stolen moments and genuine emotion. From these shoots, they develop magazine-quality prints, professionally editing and retouching each photo.
Signature Service: Boudoir photography
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes early. Avoid any clothes that will leave lines.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We give women confidence. We help them feel special and beautiful and discover or rediscover their beauty. It is a very emotional experience for women and often changes their outlook for the better.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We help clients choose the best outfits to bring by doing a styling phone consultation to help them create the exact look they are hoping for.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
We are the love child of Little Black Dress Boudoir, which is our luxury brand of boudoir photography [and] which has been around for six years. We saw a need for an affordable economy boudoir studio that still gave clients the amazing quality that we are known for. We believe all women should have an amazing boudoir session at least once in their lifetime. It can be life changing for some people.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are an all-women studio. We are a Little Black Dress company. Our photos start at $380 and go up from there, and the average client spends $575 on their photos.