Each edition of the award-winning Buffalo Spree magazine delivers a full month of event calendars, local feature stories, and timely articles showcasing art, design, and culture across Buffalo and Western New York. Dining guides highlight the best local eateries, and profiles of the area's movers and shakers introduce notable businesspeople and do-gooders. Shopping guides and reviews of designers and stylists keep readers entertained and up to date on the latest trends. Home and garden coverage bores a peephole into area abodes through photographic tours of residential interiors, exteriors, and laundry rooms.
A longtime official photographer for United States Synchronized Swimming, Migz Media's head photographer designed a device that permitted him to snap underwater shots while staying dry on the pool deck. He now harnesses that same ingenuity while framing clients at a variety of sessions and events. Migz Media's talents run the gamut from capturing action shots at sporting events to framing candid wedding moments without having to disguise cameras as flower girls. Rather than taking weeks to develop images, they produce prints with a full-service touchscreen printing system they bring to each event, or e-mail purchased shots to clients. Studio shoots take advantage of a 30'x20' greenscreen that stretches from floor to ceiling—which photographers employ to digitally insert a choice of more than 10,000 backgrounds that includes still images and animated loops.
Thanks to vast selections of singular gifts, both Jo-An's and Suzie's Hallmark Shops have achieved Gold Crown store status, making them ideal destinations for card- and trinket-seekers. Each store's vast collection of greeting cards, keepsakes, and gifts helps guests celebrate both special occasions and everyday memory-making opportunities. Customers can spice up parties, baby showers, and holidays with keepsake ornaments and vibrant gift-wrapping accoutrement. Additionally, their selections of recordable storybooks and plush toys help parents commemorate their children's milestones with lasting gifts that both parent and child will value for years.
Brad Beardslee is a videographer, a web designer, and a traveler. His absolute favorite thing to do, though, is photography, which combines skills culled from all these endeavors. Then there's his wife, Li. An avid photographer since she received a 35mm camera on her 13th birthday, Li shares her husband's passion for the art form.
When the two became engaged, they found out how pricy wedding photography could be. "In awe," Li says, "of how expensive the charges could be," she set out to offer an alternative. The result: LaLé Designs, Inc., where the Beardslees team up to specialize in wedding photography. The duo also tackles get togethers, portrait sessions, and special moments of all kinds.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Century-old trees line the quarter-mile driveway to Focus On You Photography's log-cabin studio, greeting visitors with the same timelessness owner Kim Cartmell and her team create in their photographs. Kim has travelled around the Niagara region snapping wedding shots since 1993, and now she and the team welcome subjects to their own idyllic photogenic turf. Outside, an antique buggy and wrought-iron gazebo dot the three-quarter acre of land, which serves as a natural outdoor backdrop for family portraits beneath the leaves or engagement shoots by the creek.
Focus On You Photography's unique children's fantasy portraits immerse young ones in whimsical scenes, whether exploring moments as a fairy, unearthing a pirate's booty of dubloons and Reader's Digest back issues, or flaunting leather jackets atop a miniature motorcycle. In addition to Kim's many specialties are her bike portraits, which capture the just-as-tender love between riders and their rides.