At JD Douglas Photography, it’s hard to draw the line between documentation and fine art. That's because the company’s photographers don’t only snap shots of subjects in picturesque outdoor settings such as pine forests and rocky beaches; they also hand finish portraits with artistic brushstrokes before bonding them onto canvas. Patrons can choose contemporary frames or ornate traditional frames embellished with gold leaf to display the finished products.
The photographers at Refined Glamour Studio help clients relax and let loose during fun, glamorous photo shoots. To ensure subjects look their best, the photographers work with certified beauticians, who style hair and apply makeup before every session. Clients can opt for boudoir or glamour photo shoots.
MotoPhoto & Portrait Studio’s experienced imagesmiths warm holiday hearts with custom greeting cards and photo gift tags. After selecting a design and text template, customers need only supply a favored family photo or grainy spy-camera snapshot of Santa, which MotoPhoto’s dedicated mirth makers will then preserve for posterity in the form of 5"x7" or 4"x8" greeting cards with accompanying envelopes for easy delivery. A selection of custom photo tags with similar template choices joins in the seasonal revelry, and can be attached to presents with tape or ribbon, the time-honored tools of gift wrappers. All orders are printed in MotoPhoto’s on-site photo lab, which offers complimentary quality-assurance checks on each order—including color corrections, cropping, and digital removal of gingerbread bunny ears—along with in-store proofs and timely, one-week printing once proofs have been approved.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
At Denton's, which opened in 1942, preservation specialists ensconce works of art and memories inside custom-made frames, premade frames, and shadow boxes. Although prices vary based on size, material, and whether or not the artwork was pilfered from the Guggenheim, many projects average between $100 and $200. Choose a basic black frame with clear glass to encase a 16"x20" movie poster ($75), or outfit that same 16"x20" in a higher-end frame with conservation matting and a hard glaze of glass ($150). Demure 8"x10" prints stay sharp-looking in custom casings ($25+), and decorative shadow boxes ($330+) safeguard 3-D objects such as jerseys, baseballs, or Rollie Fingers's mustache.
Colorband PhotoArtisans are Roy Groat Jr. and Jamie Chen, whose photographing abilities transform beautiful scenery into beautifully crafted images. Before on-camera debuts, models have the option to meet with the photographers and discuss the shoot. During the portrait session, the picture makers will make pictures while subjects pose through two outfit swaps and two background changes (a $150 value). Emphasis is placed on creating great images in the studio with minimal digital darkroom enhancement. However, digital manipulations can be added upon request, from adding texture overlays or halos to simply shuffling faces around to confuse future generations.