Dawn Nicoli's love of photography goes back to pulling all-nighters in the darkroom mixing chemicals and developing pictures. It's her hands-on approach that landed her the position of documentary photographer for Channel 8 in 1980. TV Guide even used her images to promote its feature stories. Garnering tons of experience during that time, she decided to start her own company, Nicoli Productions.
With her studio set on two acres of manicured landscape with waterfalls and cobblestone pathways, she says her photo sessions are like a relaxed time out in the park. Her natural ability to put clients at ease also keeps the environment casual and laid-back. Specializing in environmental portraiture, she takes advantage of the studio's surroundings to capture picturesque portraits of families, kids, and engaged couples.
She's also great at lifestyle and fashion shoots. Her editorial spreads in New Image Magazine, San Diego Bride, and Groom Magazine exhibit those skills. Her talents in lifestyle photography combined with her photojournalism experience means seamless wedding coverage, too. During weddings, she captures everything from the trip down down the aisle to the cake-cutting. To commemorate all photo shoots, she can also create storybook albums, multi-image videos, and metal wall art.
Landscape and Beyond, a licensed, bonded, and insured full-service landscaping company, brings 14 years of beautifying experience to every down-and-dirty, yet beautifying assignment. The spring package covers a majority of outdoor musts, including a meticulous mowing, a trimming of hard-to-reach spots, and an edging process that crafts clean, vertical lines along driveways, sidewalks, and lazy, self-absorbed gnomes. The package concludes with techs blowing away lingering debris from freshly styled lawns.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Food lovers rejoice: rather than traverse the town in search of a variety of cuisine, they can save time and shoe leather by attending the Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival. The second annual culinary extravaganza—sporting a Hawaiian theme this year—features mouth-watering platefuls from food trucks such as Crepes Bonaparte, Dang Brother Pizza, and Hoangie's Bahn Mi, dished out alongside pours from Hess Brewing and California Fruit Wine. While adults enjoy of-age libations, youngsters can partake of activities including pony rides and face painting. Live music and DJ performances underscore each sip, swirl, and perfectly tuned bite.