A jumpsuit worn by a U.S. Olympian. An antique handgun. A rustic pair of cowboy boots crowned by a five-gallon hat. Taken out of dusty storage and placed within one of Peak Art & Frame's tasteful borders and protective panes of glass, each of these keepsakes now tells a rich story with every fascinated glance. Drawing on 10 years of experience, Peak Art & Frame’s design-minded owners match clients' works of art with more than 1,500 frames, securing the two- and three-dimensional subjects into elegant encasements that at once protect them and highlight their beauty. Whether adding nostalgia with an old photograph, color with an impressionist painting, or security with a portrait with the eyeholes cut out, the design staff can help imbue homes with elegance by finding the perfect frame and preserving the work in standard or conservation glass.
One may think that, being a self-taught photographer, Amanda Weilenmann’s work breaks from convention to yield thickly stylized artistic self-indulgence, but that’s far from the truth. For her, it’s all about the subject. Specializing in on-location shoots, she uses tight focus and a keen eye for natural light to make subjects leap into the foreground amid backdrops of autumn leaves, park benches, or rock walls.
For about three decades, the professional framers at Art and Frame Station have been hanging rectangles around everything from photographs and artwork to collectibles and memorabilia. The shop’s brick walls hold thousands of mouldings and acid-free mattings, many of which are available in multiple colors, sizes, and candy coatings. The owners perform all framing services onsite to ensure the tight seal and alignment meet the surgical standards of each client.
No smile goes unnoticed in one of Utah Party Pix's kitted out photo booths. Up to ten people can slide into each booth at a time, which uses touch-screen technology to capture images. After groups strike silly or serious poses, the booth spits out color, black-and-white, or sepia prints in moments. Party hosts can customize their photo booths with props and signs that commemorates their special event. And once the party's over, they can review all the shots in DVD, CD, or online format.
At Utah Digital Trail, a Utah-based freelance photographer hosts hands-on workshops to help students harness their creativity while capturing evocative images. Workshops such as The Art of Composition and Canvas Gallery Wraps cover a range of topics and offer shutterbugs the opportunity to add new skills to their tool bags or fanny packs. One-on-one instruction lets students choose their own areas of focus during private sessions.
Val Westover and Stephanie Adriana, both authors and photographers, draw from diverse artistic backgrounds. Val once trained hundreds of photographers as the manager of a nationwide portrait studio, and Stephanie has seen her work featured in an array of photography and fashion magazines. Applying fine-tuned artistic styles, they snap candid photojournalistic compositions and posed portraits of new couples, newborns, mothers-to-be, families, and secret families.
They also pass on their skills through step-by-step workshops, during which they use a blend of professional tips and practice exercises to teach the basics of ISO, shutter, and aperture alongside applied artistic principles. They then give protégés free rein to practice what they’ve learned in hands-on, on-location photo safaris, during which students capture shots of wildlife and people.