When Robert Taylor opened Taylor Studios in 1984, he embarked on a mission to preserve his clients' smile-worthy moments through professional portraiture. Today, occupying a 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, his mission remains unchanged. He snaps subjects to mark special occasions such as weddings and high-school graduations, and then produces the camera-loving smiles and confident gazes entirely onsite, which allows him to maintain his strict standards for quality control.
A Legacy Photography preserves timeless moments at locales around Kingston and Belleville or in the controlled lighting of their studio. In wedding photos, family shoots, and even pet portraits, photographers chronicle the deep-seated connections that subjects have with one another and with their surroundings. Subjects can sift through the studio’s cornucopia of props to add texture to the compositions.
A member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the studio is professionally equipped for photo editing. The photographers excel at removing blemishes and erasing bits of unchewed asparagus from the teeth. They can also digitally alter images to render them in classic black and white, splashing bits of colour onto flowers or neckties for dramatic effect.
The photogs behind Premierbooth spice up celebrations and social gatherings with an expansive, wheelchair accessible photo booth that can house up to 20 partygoers. The booth’s SLR digital camera captures high-resolution images, which promptly spit out of its companion and occasional nemesis, a lab-quality photo printer. Much of the booth is customizable for the host and their guests—from photo layouts and booth-size to silly props and an HD display that allows you to see yourself while you pose.
Patrons enter Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery to discover the handmade work of more than 30 North American artists, including unique glass creations that focus on various styles, shapes and colours. Adorn freshly cut evergreens in a candy-cane design that reflects twinkling lights across its crimson hues, or place a bucket beneath a green-glass icicle in case it melts back into sand. An on-site studio beckons visitors over for daily demonstrations, in which local artisans use pipes to transform glowing glass into semi-transparent vases or summon flames by loudly gossiping about dragons in order to render glass beads. After selecting their five ornaments, customers can peruse the other artwork that occasionally sprouts from the store's exposed stone wall, including paintings, sculptures, and vases.
Willow Soul ravishes body and home with a collection of clothing, accessories, housewares, and art fashioned mostly from Canadian materials or by local artisans. Canadian-crafted Rocky Mountain beauty products season skin with bath salts ($5) or luxurious body butter ($15), and Love+Toast hand lotions teach fingers the ancient art of black-belt softness ($11+). Necks flex fashion muscles under Frug necklaces ($26+) or airy summer scarves that protect against bumblebee-filled breezes ($19), and Hue jeggings eschew traditional denim conventions ($38+). In addition to house highlighters such as quilts, art napkins, and throw pillows, Willow Soul beckons bottoms to grow attached to furniture, such as reclaimed-wood benches made by Kingston artists.