Photojournalist and famed graffiti artist Flint Gennari of Fine Art Fotos creates candid images with the help of his intimate knowledge of Staten Island locales. During a consultation, clients discuss what they want to take from the shoot, which might be a family portrait for Christmas cards or blurry evidence to prove a great-uncle’s existence. Between the clean lines of a studio or immersed in a compelling environ, models light up as the flashbulb blazes and the shutter clicks. After the shoot, clients can peruse 60 digital images online and select one to immortalize in print form and tape to their heads to achieve eternal youth.
Niki Broyn discovered her passion for photography when she started snapping shots of her four kids in 1996. As her children grew, so did her skills as a photographer, prompting her to found Nikibi Studio, where she currently captures the smiles of other families. She likes to incorporate her subjects’ passions in each photo session, taking pictures of musicians performing or cat burglars posing in front of a cracked safe. Niki also travels on location for special events, such as baptisms, and specializes in portraits for home, business, and commercial use—her shots never looking out of place above a mantle or in the pages of a magazine.
One of the state's oldest on-site photo stores, Custom Photo and Framing offers a wealth of services for taking, preserving, and transferring treasured images. On-site experts develop film and turn digital files into prints, which can reside in custom-made frames or scurry in the nude as the wind whips against their bare pixels. Aside from printing and framing, technicians also transfer images to keepsakes, including mousepads, holiday ornaments, and dog bowls. Instructors teach aspiring shutterbugs the fundamentals of composition, color, and lighting through the digital travel-photography class, and sure-handed computers retouch and restore archived photographs. Video-to-DVD conversion and photo-digitalization services bring memories into the modern age via shiny, compact time capsules.
Featured on My Fair Wedding, The September Rose handcrafts and customizes couture wedding invitations, save the dates, place cards, and more for grooms and brides-to-be. Foretell momentous marriages with $150 worth of save the dates (starting $1.50 each), which stylishly suggest that friends and families mark their calendars and avoid scheduling snafus. The boutique shop offers free samples and consultations to help the harried and un-married pick out decorative details, match save the dates to invitations, or pair three-tiered wedding cakes with the subtle flavor of A7 envelope glue. The September Rose also carries programs (starting at $2.50 each), place cards (starting at $0.75 each), menus (starting at $1.25 each), and engagement-party invitations (starting at $1.50 each), as well as handmade, couture wedding invitations (starting at $7 each).
Twenty-two years ago, Mark and Lynn Zientek started New Jersey Partyworks as a small, family-run operation whose costumed characters and clowns entertained at parties, barbecues, and gatherings. Today, the business outfits small soirees as well as big-time special events with rental amusement rides, moonbounces, tents, slides, and interactive games and obstacle courses. Staff members oversee all the rides and revelry, backed by weekly trainings from managers certified in nationally recognized safety regulations and equipment maintenance as well as balloon-animal taxonomy. The company's troupe of live entertainers now includes DJs, stilt walkers, magicians, and caricaturists who help ring in special occasions for crowds of laughing kids and grownups alike.
For the past 20 years, Donalisa has made her passion her life by immersing herself in photography and the stories each image tells. Her enthusiasm for projects is contagious as she creates fun and relaxed photo shoots for families, kids, teens, and moms-to-be. She also loves documenting weddings and glamour sessions.