Framed Art's experts transform unsheathed artwork, photographic heirlooms, and old family tax returns into custom-trussed adornments worthy of the most exclusive fireplace mantles. An 8"x10" frame ($50+) modestly complements a stairwell gallery of school portraits, while a 22"x28" casing ($100+) could corral a raucous concert poster. Basic framing estimates cover matting, backing, glass, and a plain perimeter of black wood or metal. Larger or more ornate options ensconce the most precious specimens in carved wood, lace mattes, or lasers.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
A ponytailed toddler grips her sunglasses determinedly as her parents crouch, smiling, in the background. Walking atop either side of a railroad track, a young couple bridges the distance with their hands. In the midst of wedding preparations, a bride pauses to read a love letter from her soon-to-be spouse. These are a few of the fleeting moments placed in a beautiful image-jail by This Is Life Photography’s founder Marisa. Fascinated by the power of freezing time since she was a child, she composes portraits and wedding scenes with an eye toward creating mementos that can be handed down for generations.
No tape or promise of sweet-buns is strong enough to keep a child still for the duration of an entire picture session, only the attention of a seasoned photographer. Christy Rimrodt has a stylistic affinity for capturing the emotions and energy surrounding children and maternity, though her talents extend well beyond such photogenic themes. Today's deal lets you choose the location of your shoot from anywhere within 50 miles of the Portland area. You can capture the innocence of your niece, the dove-tailed happiness of your children, or the third trimester glow of pregnancy over the course of a one-hour shoot ($200 value). After your shoot you get to schedule a viewing appointment with Christy to observe your modeling skills on a 70-inch projection screen ($150 value) and see what extra photo packages are available for purchase outside of your Groupon. Plus, you get an 8x10 print ($50 value) and two 5x7 prints ($70 value).
Taylor Boone’s effusive personality lends itself well to her photography, where she creates a comfortable atmosphere for everything from family portraits to boudoir shoots. During each session, her gentle encouragement and seasoned guidance helps her clients’ truest selves to shine through in each photograph. She possesses a versatile knack for style, creating a dreamlike softness for baby pictures and an editorial edginess for senior portraits as easily as the timeless vintage air she adds to boudoir shots. Beyond imbuing the photos with style, her postsession editing can also subtly cover imperfections and reveal hidden messages formed in tendrils of hair.
When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.