In 1990, Trish Lounsbury opened Celebrations with her husband, Stan, and her father, Ed. They seek out products from artists, designers, and leading companies such as Crane and Sweet Pea when crafting custom invitations and stationery. They also specialize in custom framing for a variety of projects, as well as unique gifts and elegant wrapping papers.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
From being in front of the camera to being behind it?I had a great opportunity to work with the best agencies in the world as a model with Elite, Wilhelmina, Ford, and Green in Miami and Los Angeles. I also help develop models who are wanting to enter the business, and I help place them.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
While I was working in Los Angeles, I worked with one of the top photographers. It was then I found such a love for photography that it became my new passion.
What do you love most about your job?
With several successful gallery receptions, I have put together a collection of my work consisting of Equine, Ballet, and beautiful locations that I am always adding to.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Kevin shot both our engagement photos and our entire wedding, and I cannot say enough good things about Kevin. He has such an eye for natural lighting that it really sets his pictures apart and gives them stellar quality. Absolutely the best money I spent on my entire wedding.
While the fraternity brethren milled about parties discussing Jack Kerouac and sipping cheap lagers, Jack Counts was busy working. In the late 60s, the entrepreneurial college student carved out a niche snapping his shutter during fraternity parties and selling prints dubbed Party Pics to members. Over time, Counts spread his business across multiple campuses, photographing graduation ceremonies and special events and processing the prints in his own lab, Candid Color Systems. With Glamour Shots, Counts? business yet again expanded from special-events photography to include portrait shoots with an emphasis on flattering female subjects.
At each Glamour Shots shoot, a brigade of expert shutterbugs and cosmetologists gets subjects ready for their close-ups with style-enhancing makeovers and photo shoots that result in high-quality pictures and prints. After a personal consultation with the styling team, clients undergo an airbrushing treatment and hair sculpting. Depending on their package, models strike up to 30 poses, quick-changing into different outfits to capture a spectrum of looks, from professional career woman to professional career woman in a bear costume.
Clients pour over proofs immediately after their session, and a professional lab generates each print on quality Kodak paper within 10 to 12 days after the session, with touchup services available to display pristine complexions. Shots are available in a variety of product forms, including prints, calendars, photo books, and canvas wraps. To ensure that none of the photos evaporates from living memory, a slideshow presentation houses the proofs of the entire day's shoot and sets it to music or field recordings of yaks performing Beethoven.
Since his boyhood days in the darkroom, Video Kitchen's president, Carlile Crutcher, has had a passion for photography. This passion evolved into home movies during his tenure in high school, college, and the United States Navy, and eventually culminated in the creation of Video Kitchen in 1992. In two locations, including the brand new store in East Louisville, an artistically and technically skilled staff oversees the preservation of memories with data transfers for all sorts of media and formats. The staff specializes in tape-to-DVD transfers, including familiar formats such as VHS tapes, Hi8 and Digital8 8mm tapes, and MiniDV, as well as specialty formats such as 8mm and 16mm movie film.
Imbued with the gift of cinematic artistry, Video Kitchen's staff also produces video for occasions such as business meetings, recitals, and sporting events. Skillful sound engineers capture all the audio, and editors can splice different scenes together or superimpose a slam-dunking dog into every frame.
Flicko's video- and photo-conversion services protect recorded memories by transferring material from outdated formats onto DVDs and CDs with improved resolution. In addition to once-widespread VHS media, Flicko's can convert VHS-C, and MiniDV while consolidating material from multiple tapes onto the same disk. Custom labels help organize films and photos chronologically or in the order they should be shown to potential romantic partners. Flicko's media services also include video editing, which helps customers complete projects, and CD/DVD duplication to distribute said projects all over the neighborhood.