After becoming a mother, Stork Vision Ultrasound Imaging Centers' founder Malissa Nied sought a way to help expecting families share in the joy and wonderment of pregnancy. Each Stork Vision location is helmed by a state-licensed medical director and staffed by sonographers who are registered or registry-eligible with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In the hands of these trained professionals, 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D sonograph and ultrasound machines scan bellies to produce stunning images of future bundles of joy. Stork Vision offers its services in packages that range from black-and-white still images for gender determination to full-color videos set to music. Stork Vision also offers party packages that include DVDs, digital images, prints, and cupcakes that reveal the baby's gender.
Though at first she pursued photography only as a hobby, graphic designer Angela Garcia-Lavin fell fully into her passion after the birth of her first child, Zoey Isabel. As she snapped photo after photo of her newborn daughter, other mothers noticed her work and began to enlist her talents. Angela has since branched out to frame candid, photojournalistic, and posed images of not only newborns and toddlers, but also expectant mothers, families, and new couples.
She often snaps photos of youngsters in a dedicated studio stocked with festive hats, set pieces, and props, although she also captures memories at locations of her clients' choosing. She conducts sessions at emerald-green parks and blooming gardens as well as quiet spots beside railroad tracks and on streets bordered by cars that have had their horns surgically removed. After each session, she translates images into glossy re-touched prints, custom handmade scrapbooks, and printed postcards that showcase her graphic-designer touch.
Within bustling retail centers, Studio One to One Photography's shutterbugs cultivate an oasis of professional calm as they draw out individual personalities through poses, props, and backgrounds. These elements of style combine artfully to create sophisticated family portraits, gleeful snapshots of childish charm, and eye-catching glamour shots. Whether they immortalize moms-to-be showing off baby bumps or seniors chewing diplomas, print packages fill wallets with creative snapshots or decorate mantelpieces with images more elegant than a gazelle in a top hat.
The image outfitters at Fort Worth Camera guide patrons through the process of personalizing mats and frames for their photographs. Snapshots of wee ones’ dimpled cheeks, birthday celebrations, and the day the dog learns to drive slip into black frames edged by two inches of white matting ($149.99 for 11"x14"; $199.99 for 16"x20"; $219.99 for 20"x24"). Knowledgeable staffers discuss color combinations and frame styles to complement photos or decorating schemes. Although not covered by this Groupon, Fort Worth Camera’s lab can also print frame-worthy pictures on high-quality photo paper after enlarging or cropping images and adjusting color to open up shadows and correct for the artificial light of imposter suns.
Mailed announcements take on an air of artistry at Paper Planet, an all-purpose paper outlet whose designers craft handmade stationery sets, elegant invitations, and monogrammed mailing supplies. Textured bouquets of paper and ribbon bloom in a variety of colors and original designs, ensuring that every invitation, program, napkin, and custom greeting card arrives emblazoned with a personal touch. Stationery sets ($18.50) come in over 60 bold color schemes, such as a tart cherry tone that complements lipstick-stained seals and a pink azalea and poppy theme that soothes the sting of breakup notices. A personalized monogramming service embellishes stationery with calligraphic initials as customers explore the shop’s collection of gel pens, and printed ribbons. Paper Planet’s designers can assist in efforts to create the perfect invitation, and artists hand-forge any letter of the alphabet in aluminum ($18.75+), creating personalized gifts or props for space-age adaptations of The Scarlet Letter.