Craig and Stephanie, the husband-and-wife team behind Eugene Photo Booth, outfit parties with up-to-date photo booths that enable guests to upload their images immediately to social-media sites. Beyond that basic perk, which is included with all booth rentals, packages are highly customizable, with features such as scrapbooks, thumb drives, and prop boxes available if desired. Photo strips print out on archival-quality paper in fewer than eight seconds, and they can be branded with customized logos and names.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
Drawing upon her extensive education in journalism, graphic design, and advertising, Kari Renee captures endearing moments and transforms them into fine, fashionable works of photographic art. Using a snap-happy selection of Nikon cameras, flashes, and lenses, Kari snaps sentimental shots of engagements, children, and families, relying most often on the flattering, natural light of the sun or nearby tanning beds. Finagle family poses, high-school-senior photos, or impromptu fashion shots at your home, or a scenic location of your choice. Or, swaddle smiling babes in Kari's studio amid a large selection of adorable props and backdrops such as feathers and antique bath basins. After the one-hour photo session, choose the images that best display your brood's personality and top-notch dental hygiene, and receive eight prints to hang prominently in your living room, bathroom, or home-office cafeteria. Groupon holders will also have access to a password-protected online gallery, where they can view and order additional images. Order a high-resolution DVD of the sitting images, (a $250 value, $125 for Groupon customers), or take advantage of a 10% discount on prints, albums, canvases, and other displays.
At the Oregon Photography School, a duo of skilled shutterbugs with a combined 27 years of experience imparts the secrets of snapping and manipulating artistic images to pupils of all stripes. Vernon T. Williams has conveyed the dignity of famous subjects, including two presidential candidates and a Nobel Prize winner, and his work has appeared in The Economist and other national magazines. Jon Christopher Meyers boasts an eclectic commercial-work portfolio, with recent work including the Eugene Ballet Company's midair athleticism and hawks flying midair from the Cascades Raptor Center.
The school draws on Williams's and Meyers's rich backgrounds to inform intensive workshops on everything from the basics of film- and digital-camera manipulation to portrait photography's finer techniques, such as hypnotizing a subject with nothing but a piece of string tied to a lens cap. After an in-studio or on-location class, an online student/instructor-review tool continues the relationship, letting students post their shots for ongoing feedback and for inspirational haikus from their instructor and fellow photographers.
Family owned and operated from the same location since 1931, Dot Dotson's combines a traditional full-service film lab with the convenience and versatility of modern digital processing. Their doting depictionary doctors will work with you on every photo, adjusting color and brightness and cropping out extraneous scenery, red eyes, and imaginary friends. Each prepaid digital-print card entitles memory collectors to 100 color prints and has no expiration date, allowing guests to make a one-time trade for excessive vacation photos, or stop by once a year to remember a century's worth of Nessie sightings. (8"x10" photo must be redeemed before February 15, 2010).
Modern Studio's team of experienced photographers has wrangled fleeting memories into permanent portrait form since 1952. Portrait subjects choose between a timeless studio sitting or an on-location shoot at a home, park, or hard-won parking space before photographers let fly with well-trained shutters. Photographers produce each 10"x13" family portrait within an on-site photo lab, leaving each photo dry mounted and ready for vertical application on walls or the backs of unsuspecting prank targets.