The photographers at Varona Photography Studio strive to capture clients in their most glamorous state. To this end, hair and makeup artists collaborate with clients to create flattering looks for memorable headshots or alluring boudoir shoots. The shutterbugs specialize in documenting defining moments such as weddings, quinceañera and sweet-sixteen parties, and high-school graduations. They can also highlight a family’s love or a child’s love of macaroni in regular portrait sessions.
Having worked production for major television networks, Bob and Rachelle decided to apply their talents to the more personalized task of preserving memories trapped on outdated formats. They do all the work in-house at DTV Home Movie Transfers, including transferring VHS, 8 millimeter, and Super8 contents onto DVDs. To craft a professional product, they also edit footage for smoother playback and create custom artwork for the DVD cases. Services also include audio transfers, as well as custom video presentation and mass-copying of DVDs and CDs.
The two photographer friends at the center of Simply Dreamy Photography love speaking with their clients as much as they love taking pictures of them. Specializing in on-location, outdoor photography, they encourage clients to choose places with personal, sentimental value?and then use nature or the urban landscape as a backdrop. The duo has carried out portrait sessions for children and families, brides-and-grooms to be, expectant mothers, and teens on the eve of a quincea?era or sweet 16, capturing poses so playful they often appear to be candid. Characterized by their rich color and a shallow depth of field, the resulting images range in focus from wide-angle to close-ups, immortalizing family moments as small as a knowing smile.
As a young girl, Monica Castillo was walking home when she realized she was being followed by a neighborhood cat, which then waited outside her house until she reemerged. The cat, a feral stray, allowed her to pet him, and eventually, adopt him. Monica?s mother, Francie, recounts this tale often, claiming that after this experience, Monica declared emphatically that she wanted to be a "doggy doctor," and never strayed from that path. After immersing herself in volunteer work, Monica attended school to become veterinary tech, a title she has held for the past four-and-a-half years. In 2011, the mother-daughter team opened Pepe Le Pooche Resort & Spa to better prepare Monica for her continuing education in veterinary school and to care for animals with kind attention and respect for their needs.
"Dogs know when they are being treated well," says Francie. To this end, she surrounds herself with staff members who were raised by animals or just have an affinity for them. Le Salon & Spa at Pepe Le Pooche hosts a crew of groomers who all hold certifications and have experience working around the particulars of different breeds, such as which prefer the scissors over a comb and which relish well-groomed mohawks and hair dye, upon request.
Pepe Le Pooche's onsite boarding and daycare facilities are cage-free, meaning dogs have free rein of play areas for most of the day, and hunker down in 1 of 10 large suites at night. Staff members stay on watch around the clock to ensure pets? safety and play classical music to keep them calm. The resort does not have the capacity to board felines, but they are welcome to stay for daycare. The crew also plans all aspects of dog parties, from procuring the cake to hosting a blowout bash complete with party favors.