Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
This week may bring Michael Kors and Bebe, and next week could feature Ann Taylor and Seven, but no matter when someone stops in Eye of the Beholder Consignments, items from high-profile brands can be found on the shelves. Handbags may carry names such as Prada, Coach, and Juicy Couture, and clothing may hail from Talbots, Chico's, and Coldwater Creek. The shop also stocks shoes, business suits, and maternity wear for expectant mothers and dudes who just want to get closer to their children by dressing as a nanny. A portion of proceeds goes to charities such as the Baltimore Humane Society and the American Cancer Society.
Gene Essel of Fotosbygene shoots everything at a high resolution for images sharp in focus and color. The high resolution develops crystal-clear details, and his training allows him to draw out his clients’ personalities and capture their best angles. He achieves that during portrait sessions for families and individuals, active events such as skateboarding, and special events such as weddings.
Maybe it was Bob Cullen's experience taking photographs in Moscow during the Cold War that gives his pictures so much empathy and a strong sense of style. Maybe it’s his knack for narrative as a former reporter for Newsweek. Whatever the case, subjects always seem to look happy and comfortable in front of Cullen’s camera—and he's happy when they're satisfied with the images. He uses this talent to capture people in their own environments, ultimately yielding portraits where subjects of all ages and walks of life say the same thing: “I am me.”
Specializing in lacrosse equipment, Sports Extra equips athletes with an arsenal of high-quality performance apparel and band-name sporting goods. The Cascade PolyPro women's goggles ($24.99) guard peepers from errant lacrosse balls and robot goalies’ laser beams, and the STX AV8 lacrosse stick ($33.99) assists players with easier catches due to its open-face design. Along with lacrosse gear, Sports Extra carries apparel for all sports, such as shorts decked with cartoon crabs and mesh tank tops with reversible colors ($12) for quickly switching between impromptu basketball games and business meetings.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Alfredo Flores first became interested in music as a kid, when he studied piano. Nowadays, the award-winning photographer studies musicians instead, snapping shots of artists such as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and Marc Anthony. His images have been featured in media outlets from the New York Times to Elle magazine as well as in family photo albums throughout DC. When Flores isn’t chronicling A-list events, he uses his photojournalistic style to capture weddings’ romantic moments, such as the newlyweds kissing at the altar or the cutting of the cake to reveal the cupcake inside. Flores’s far-reaching talents also help him compose artful portraits, corporate headshots, and editorial spreads for clients.