Harrison Photo Booth Company combines the artistic eye of a photographer with the picture-developing power of a photo lab in its party-ready photo booths. Sized to hold up to 10 revelers, the booths click off four pictures per session before developing them into strip-style pictures and storing digital backups for later perusal. Before hopping in for their close-ups, revelers can also adorn themselves in playful provided props, which can be used to elicit laughs or impersonate more photogenic siblings. The booths are available for special events including weddings, fundraisers, and company picnics, and customers can customize packages to include extras such as a high-resolution DVD of all their photo-booth moments.
Catherine Hellman’s secret is cookies. Freshly baked cookies, to be exact. Every day upon arriving at her studio, she pops a batch into her on-site oven, their aroma coaxing smiles from even the grumpiest of guests. Catherine and Carl¬¬––her co-photog and husband¬¬––go out of their way to help their patrons “relax and really feel welcome,” fostering a cozy, friendly atmosphere for their shoots via a living room-like studio set-up and the fragrant aroma of the aforementioned cookies. In the years since they started their business, the duo has morphed into a snapping dream team, working in tandem on every shoot to combine their separate skills and strengths into those of one super-photographer. Champions of capturing naturalistic shots, they set camera-shy sitters at ease with casual conversation or, when faced with moody children or lonely ventriloquists, they introduce a cheerful puppet. Catherine and Carl have five children of their own and, as a result, their forte lies in creating candid shots of kids and families that encapsulate the energy and personalities of each of their subjects.:
Throughout his years as a firefighter and EMT, American Heart Association-certified instructor Chris Albro lends a hand in countless medical emergencies. He and his fellow emergency workers are often the first on the scene of an accident, and have training in a number of situations to care for those in harm’s way, no matter the threat. In addition to helping those in need, Chris decided to embark on a new mission—teaching others how to help those in need.
As Ocean State Safety's head instructor, Chris now also ventures to clients' homes and businesses to lead emergency classes that prepare parents, grandparents, and professionals for a multitude of emergencies. His CPR/AED certification classes show students how to provide basic medical aid to others and earn them two years of AHA certification. Basic Life-Support sessions teach techniques for a slew of medical situations, and HAZWOPER lessons equip students with the know-how necessary to handle hazardous waste in their workplace and wine stains on shag carpets.
In 1938, "The Long Island Expressway"?a vicious hurricane?plowed through John Hoenig's property in Thompson, Connecticut. His farm was destroyed, but when he decided to rebuild, he didn't rebuild the farm. Instead, he began clearing his land for the area's first 5/8-mile, high-banked racetrack. As soon as it opened, it was heralded as "the Indianapolis of the East." It was a destination for racecar drivers across the country.
In the more than 70 years since then, the track has blossomed into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Today, it's one of the country's oldest tracks, besides that one high-banked crop circle from 1910. It plays host to three iconic racing events, including the World Series of Speedway Racing, and its modernized 5/8-mile oval now shares its space with a 1.7-mile road course. Even more exciting, neither track is just for pros. Civilians can try out the speedster lifestyle during driving school, or as part of the Driver's Club, which offers 30 days of members-only access to the track each year.
Red and orange splotches undulate across the surface of a canvas, sprawling across the sea of deep blue hues and ridges of rainbow colors that rise from the frame. This isn't a description of a striking modern painting but of a photograph of a soft drink. The photograph, taken with a powerful photomicroscope, magnifies the fluid beyond recognition, capturing its starkly beautiful microscopic crystal structures. Tropical fruit, beer, coffee, and pharmaceutical products all get similar treatments in Unleashed Visions' series of abstract and undoctored prints. Each visual exploration yields equally beautiful results, with the crystals, colors, and tiny Sasquatches appearing exactly as they do under a microscope.
Due to improper training or seemingly aggressive appearances, some dog breeds have bad reputations. At Northeast K-9 Academy, however, the trained and dedicated staffers see past stereotypes and offer grooming, boarding, and training services to dogs regardless of their size, breed, or questionable musical tastes. Inside the three spacious indoor playrooms, pooches can explore, romp, and nap. Outside, a fenced-in stone play area provides dogs with fresh air and room to run while keeping their paws and coats clean.