The staff at Memories in a Flash ushers photos, slides, and old videos into the digital age, preserving memories with new, longer-lasting technologies. Once transferred from bulky VHS tapes to thin, sleek DVDs, home movies can be uploaded online to share with family and Steven Spielberg's casting director. Along with scanning services to transform photos, slides, and negatives into pixels, the tech-savvy team can help reverse damage caused by water, humidity, and fingerprints through photo-restoration services. Editors can also arrange pictures into digital slide shows or splice wedding clips into one comprehensive blooper reel. After each job, Memories in a Flash returns all tangible items in their original form along with the fresh CDs and DVDs.
The media pros at Hourglass Media transform old recordings and photographs into high-quality digital files with their advanced, onsite equipment. During film transfers, a technician converts 8-milimetre and Super 8 film to uncompressed files on DVD, ensuring picture fidelity with 700 lines of resolution. Analog media such as audio cassettes, VHS tapes, and vinyl LPs metamorphose into any digital file format, allowing patrons to load old songs onto iPods, share home movies over the internet, and replace every sound on the family computer with an old recording of grandpa snoring. Slide and photo transfers pull the same trick with old pictures and custom video editing further polishes heirloom moving pictures or important present-day footage.
Two forces have constantly battled for Laura MacPhee’s affection: her career as photographer and her hometown of Halifax. After studying photography in the city, Laura skipped graduation to hop on a plane to New York City, where she began sharpening her skills as an intern at the Knot. Homesick for Nova Scotia after a year and a half, she returned to Halifax and synergized those competing forces by founding Laura MacPhee Photography.
Amid the region’s breathtaking terrain, Laura flashes her camera at expectant moms, families, and engaged couples. Portrait sessions also occur in her studio on the Halifax waterfront, where she also orchestrates intimate boudoir sessions. For weddings, she and a trusted second photographer shoot up to eight hours of coverage, which newlyweds can preserve with prints, hardcover books, or new wedding veils made out of negative film strips. Despite being stationed in Halifax, Laura happily travels for destination weddings; thus far, her passport has been stamped for work in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Photographer Krystle often says that she has an incurable case of TMI, or sharing too much information about herself. It’s a condition she never intends to treat, however, because her bubbly, outgoing personality only enhances the quality of her work. The owner and resident shutterbug of JustShootMe…Photography captures striking, on-location shots while putting clients at ease with her friendly demeanour, wacky sense of humour, and ability to mimic their favourite birdsongs. She loves to try new, creative ideas—nontraditional poses colour each of her shoots, which she captures with the help of natural light and a close friend of seven years: her Nikon camera. Though she specializes in family and couples photography, she also engages in wedding photography with a particular interest in destination weddings.
As a teenager, Darin Roche saved his money, purchased a secondhand SLR, and instantly fell in love with photography. Over the years, he experimented with form, starting with landscapes and moving into headshots for musicians, actors, and struggling cartoon characters. No longer just a hobby, Mr. Roche's love for photography permeated his entire life, and it seemed only natural he should open his own business.
Now, whether working in black and white or color to capture serious or whimsical poses, he works to capture images unique to each subject. The mobile photog can shoot indoors or outside in the glow of natural sunlight and plants that photosynthesize backward. Sheva Solomon, Mr. Roche 's business partner and wife, lends her talents to the business as well and applies makeup during sessions.
Krystal Calver has travelled to such sites as Dubai and the Dominican Republic, aiming her lens at the sweat glistening on rugby players’ foreheads and the smoothly calculated swings of competitive golfers. This experience capturing athletes’ fleeting moments of glory serves the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts graduate well today as she snaps dramatic, mantel-worthy portraits and event photos. At weddings, she zooms in on the bustling excitement of ceremonies and receptions, from the exchange of vows to the loading of the bouquet into a trebuchet. During portrait sessions, she takes a relaxed approach that encourages newly engaged couples or families to reveal their personalities. Krystal also snaps images of cherished animals, such as lapdogs or pet rocks willing to say cheese.