Century-old trees line the quarter-mile driveway to Focus On You Photography's log-cabin studio, greeting visitors with the same timelessness owner Kim Cartmell and her team create in their photographs. Kim has travelled around the Niagara region snapping wedding shots since 1993, and now she and the team welcome subjects to their own idyllic photogenic turf. Outside, an antique buggy and wrought-iron gazebo dot the three-quarter acre of land, which serves as a natural outdoor backdrop for family portraits beneath the leaves or engagement shoots by the creek.
Focus On You Photography's unique children's fantasy portraits immerse young ones in whimsical scenes, whether exploring moments as a fairy, unearthing a pirate's booty of dubloons and Reader's Digest back issues, or flaunting leather jackets atop a miniature motorcycle. In addition to Kim's many specialties are her bike portraits, which capture the just-as-tender love between riders and their rides.
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 offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
The dedicated framers at Ferrante Picture Framing draw on more than 40 years of experience as they outfit works by Ontario artists James Lumbers, Trisha Romance, and George Upper as well as personal photographs and mementos with frames of all shapes and styles. Wood, metal, and matting accent the edges of posters and paintings in picture sandwiches protected by glass; display cases can commemorate a retired licence plate or a toddler's dinner plate scraped clean of its vegetables. Staffers can also create pop art pieces that transform ordinary photos into masterpieces more Warholian than Marilyn Monroe in a tub of Campbell’s tomato soup.
Upholders of ancient Roman mosaic techniques since their foundation in 1990, Glass Mosaic Canada?s team of knowledgeable artisans outfits shoppers with mosaic-making supplies while helming hands-on art courses, which are ideal for summer activities, birthday parties, and pupils of all ages. Staffers bustle about the store stocking shelves with a glittering selection of tiles and tesserae imported from across the globe along with handy tools and accessories. Sage instructors employ upward of 10 years of teaching experience to impart their tile-centric prowess upon students during interactive courses and workshops that teach both basic and advanced mosaic applications depending on students' experience levels and any mosaic work done in a previous life. While specializing in all things mosaic, the store?s staff also works with homeowners to create in-home mosaics and stained-glass pieces to beautify domestic planes.
Touting a degree in Fine Arts, Framing Dames owner Catherine Hawthorn helms art classes and assists her customers in tastefully preserving their work and memorabilia with custom framing. Adults and kids aged 6–13 can learn how to draw, paint, and sculpt in a variety of classes and workshops, then hone their creative skills at home through a wide selection of art supplies available for purchase. On the framing side of the shop, the crew encloses two-dimensional masterpieces or napkins commemorating a first taste of nachos in acid-free materials designed for museum-quality protection. Three-dimensional objects, such as jerseys, can also be preserved by framing with matte and glass. In support of her community and charities, Catherine keeps a gallery dedicated to local artists and works to raise funds for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. She shows off her skills and shares her vast knowledge in her webinar series.
For nearly five decades, G & K Picture Frame Canada has been protecting keepsakes from the wear and tear of time⎯and they do so in style. With four shops scattered across Ontario, the family-owned business presents its clients with hundreds of custom framing options and combinations. Expert staff members at each location help navigate the oasis of choices, flexing their framing muscles by putting everything from diplomas and sports jerseys to exotic brochures and clothing behind glass. They can also safeguard 3-D objects and bulkier relics, such as guitars and needlepoint creations.