Born in Eastern Kentucky, Kevin Messer's lifelong pursuit of beautiful visual images owes a lot to his Appalachian roots. He likes to capture slices of Americana in his mixed media and digital paintings, whether it’s the sun shining over a country store or the red rock peak of Zion Canyon's Watchman. He sells small format digital reproductions of his work, some as small as note cards, as well as full-sized mixed media canvases, a fitting centerpiece to a collection of home décor.
Photographer Christina Brown manages to cast everything in a flattering light. With a degree from The Ohio Institute of Photography informing her techniques, she snaps subjects against natural backdrops that lend each shot its distinct personality. An expecting mother stands against a field of growing ferns; a graduating senior launches into the air with a smile; a newborn rests soundly in his parents’ hands. In black and white or in highly saturated color, Christina’s images are precisely composed without feeling forced, an aesthetic that carries across her regular in-studio or on-location shoots, as well as wedding sessions that capture the big day better than embedding a hidden camera inside the cake.
The human mouth hides 32 teeth, any one of which could be a sweet tooth. Over the Top Productions caters dessert tables for events of all sizes, brining custom-crafted candies and chocolates to sate an army of sugar-craving teeth. The caterers consult with the event's organizers to determine not only size and number of mouths to be fed, but also the color palette of the venue. They craft their custom candies – and wine and champagne pairings – to match the atmosphere. In February 2013, the caterers take on the role of full event planners, throwing a Group Wedding Event to hitch couples in style.
The photographer behind LaLaLand Works has a mission: to provide high-quality work with a personal touch. During shoots, she goes on-location to her client's choice of spot—indoor or outdoor—to photograph families, couples, children, and high-school seniors. She also uses her talents behind the lens to capture wedding pictures, boudoir shots, and business photos for proud CEOs to keep in their wallets.
Nora's Design Group enlists talented, friendly staffers who wield products from brands such as Aquage, Biolements, and Redken as they groom guests during a collection of salon and spa services. At wood-paneled styling stations, hairstylists snip and color locks as nearby nail techs gussy up hands and feet with OPI polish. Inside the studio's private rooms, therapists ease aches with therapeutic and relaxation massages, while aestheticians give unwanted hairs the boot from brows, bikini, and legs with warm wax and notarized eviction notices.
As Shawon Brown-Gullette told Robin McMacken of the Dayton Daily News, she keeps a box of tissues near her hair-system station at Infinitee Trichology Centre. But they aren't there to curb sneezes or fold into origami. According to Brown-Gullette, they absorb the tears of joy and renewed self-confidence that the hair-loss expert often witnesses as she outfits clients with discrete hairpieces that match the natural color and texture of surrounding hair.
Brown-Gullette—who is certified through the International Association of Trichologists and who has presented local seminars on hair loss—takes a holistic approach to reversing alopecia, one that may require a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. After running medical tests to explore the root causes for thinning hair, Brown-Gullette employs several personalized treatments, including the use of electrotherapy, ultraviolet rays, and low-level laser therapy.