Photo Card Creations is a leading online retailer for photo cards, invitations, and announcements, giving save-the-dates and season's greetings a personal stamp of elegantly un-pixelated digital portraiture. Since 2001, the custom creations have given couples, families, and solo heroes of the printed greeting a vast canvas on which to frame their valiant visages, with body language-enhanced thank you cards, warmly grinning invitations, and fatally cute cards to commemorate tiny new humans. All cards are printed on cardstock that, at a thick 100 lbs., is a bit self-conscious about its weight, but delivers a reliably sturdy greeting all the same. Cards for any occasion come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and designs, including hard-to-find watercolor and hand-torn-edge cards ($2.20–$2.35 each), panel insert cards ($2.05–$2.20 each), or a classic folded linen card in either cream or white ($2.10–$2.35 each).
The photographic wizards at Winkflash test their equipment every day to ensure that their photo books, gifts, canvas prints, posters, and photo prints look crisp and clear. Photo prints come on Fuji Crystal Archive paper in either a glossy or a matte finish depending on the innate shininess of the people depicted. Shutterbugs have the option of adding a white border to prints, which classes up pictures of swear-word conventions, and Winkflash’s free back-printing service personalizes the dorsal side of photos with a few choice words chosen from the picture-side's thousand. The unlimited image storage available to Winkflash users is completely free, as is the image-sharing technology that makes it easy for recent vacationers to show their friends pictures of the inside of their car.
AudioGO is a bottomless virtual bookstore, abounding with dramatized audiobook recordings of bestselling, classic, and newly released works. Its online apparatus enables visitors to rifle through selections by category—including thrilling mysteries, fascinating autobiographies, and steamy romance novels—which they can choose to download immediately or order on CD. The bookseller also has exclusive rights to a comprehensive selection of unabridged Agatha Christie novels and a 38-title boxed set of The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare.
In addition to literature, the site features a variety of BBC radio productions, including radio-theatre shows and interviews with historical legends—from Roald Dahl talking about writing to Ben Franklin discussing his favourite recipe for low-fat muesli. Its original audio production of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates was even nominated for the Best Spoken Word Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
Lisa Marie, the founder of Creative Ambiance Events, recognizes that no two parties are alike, and so tailors her floral and decor services to meet each client’s needs. Having studied at design school in Boston and overseas at the Sorbonne, Lisa brings an artistic eye to her decoration business, planning and executing design schemes for weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, and more. She works with a dedicated team to ensure that tables twinkle with candles and vases brim with hydrangeas instead of tears.
Kelly and Kathy's friendship first began in high school, staying strong throughout their college years in Virginia and an eventual move back to Connecticut. Kelly's passion for photography led her to establish her own studio, and Kathy's business and education degrees directed her to teaching—though she never gave up on her childhood dream of becoming an artist. With Simply K Studios, the duo finally combined their respective experiences and industry savvy into a lifestyle photography venture, documenting weddings, senior portraits, infants, and families.
The shutterbug pair tries to capture each client's one-of-a-kind character during sessions, which typically travel to a nearby location or homecoming game reenactment of personal significance. Their prints, digital slideshows, and packages make for prime scrapbooking fodder as they transfer memories to tangible forms.
Out of Jennifer Dougan’s entire family-centric photography portfolio, her favorite shots are the ones of newborns and toddlers. She enjoys the unpredictability of tots’ interactions with the most complicated toy they’ve ever seen: the camera. The adaptability she demonstrates in these shoots serves her equally well in her grown-up shoots, which cover everything from weddings to tiny plastic couples being introduced into their natural wedding-cake habitat. In the studio, families and bouncing youngsters pose in front of patterned backdrops before browsing photos in the online galleries Jennifer maintains.