Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the shoot, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images. Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system, and ships specialty gift items to clients' homes for free.
Michelle Bova has a degree in early-childhood education and child development. She also has more than a decade of experience behind the camera. Yet it wasn't until recently that she combined the two. The results of this mix are carefully crafted, natural looking images that understand young subjects and find the youthful joy in all ages. Her shutter clicks document the growth of families, from maternity through newborns, birthdays, senior portraits, engagements, and weddings—memorializing the milestones life offers. Often Michelle does this documenting outside, where soft sunlight helps people glow and ensures all shots are vampire-free.
Bombshell Boudoir owner, Carrie and her female staff strive to capture their female subjects? inner bombshells, encouraging the women decked out in saucy duds to show off their sassy and playful sides while backdropped by one of nineteen custom sets. The all-female Bombshell team coaches clients through every step of boudoir shoots, from choosing an outfit from the studio?s selection and styling hair and makeup to striking alluring poses and arranging faces into sexy snarls. An email viewing session allows clients to choose which edited and retouched shots will adorn Bombshell's selection of custom calendars, albums, and float wraps. They encourage ladies to share the boudoir experience with pals for a cheeky bachelorette party, birthday bash, or church-camp reunion.
A lot of things can happen at a party or event, and Gotcha Photo Booths helps hosts to collect the evidence. The company’s event supervisors travel to venues, set up booths, and oversee all the ensuing shenanigans.
After accessorizing with props such as silly glasses or feather boas, partygoers pile into booths and strike poses for the camera—and for guests waiting outside, who can watch the action on a high-definition screen. Fifteen seconds later, booth occupants can collect duplicate strips of color or black-and-white photos. Hosts can personalize prints with the logo of their event or the crest of their favorite stonemasons’ guild. All photos are digitally stored and may be purchased by the host.
ARS Video goes back 25 years, and three generations of its founding family have overseen the company’s growth. What started in 1987 with a room-sized machine continues today on desktop computers: the staff transfers VHS or Hi8 footage, slides, pictures, and 8mm and 16mm film to DVDs. They also transfer audiocassettes and reel-to-reel audio to CDs or recover video from hard drives, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Beyond working with long-ago recorded images, the ARS team ventures out to perform videography and editing services for bat mitzvahs and bar mitzvahs, weddings, and TV pilots—the ones who sit in a TV’s cockpit.