Precious art and memorabilia find security in Mission Trace Framing's selection of more than 3,500 frames, as well as owners Sharon Saville and Karen Irving's 30 combined years of archival experience. The owners’ commitment to matching every piece with an aesthetically pleasing home is backed up by a personal guarantee on their services, which include conservation framing and memorabilia displays. They craft elegant shadow boxes from photos, insignia, and artifacts that showcase the virtues of an accomplished relative or seasoned coat rack, and augment their services with contemporary artwork available for purchase.
Merissa Pratt honed her eye for composition and color from behind the lens of a camera, but it didn't take her long to apply her talents to painting as well. To help others discover their penchant for the brush, she began Painting Parties by Merissa, leading groups in recreating her personal paintings. She travels to the location of the party host’s choice, transforming a room in a client's home or office into a temporary studio as she covers precious floors with drop cloths and fills the space with easels, paints, and brushes. She invites guests to supply snacks and, most importantly, their favorite libations to help draw out creative impulses. At the end of the session, she and her crew handle the cleanup while the newly initiated painters admire their frame-ready works of art and master gallery-friendly phrases such as, “This really speaks to me,” and “No, seriously—I think this painting is talking.”
Snap dragon Mark Cafiero is the owner and lead photographer of Cafiero Photographers, the founder and president of Family Tree Photographers, and an avid advocate of outdoor exploration. In addition to penning pieces for Rangefinder magazine and presenting at international photography conferences, Mark's also well versed in natural Colorado adventures. The small class size (25 students maximum) allows for a true hands-on experience. Choose from a variety of lens-friendly locations: downtown Denver, Washington Park, Pearl Street Mall, 300 yards beneath the earth's surface, or nearby sunrise hikes on some of the state's top trails. The classes offer instruction on subjects including framing and composition, portrait shooting, and use of natural light. Students will also learn about the anatomy and function of their cameras in a way that won't embarrass the camera.
Pitter Patter Pix's award-winning founder has captured artistic images of over 2,000 babies and their families with in-studio portraits and on-location shots, and has used her expertise to train hundreds of photographers. During her workshops, she teaches parents how to nab the best possible pictures of their children—whether they're using high-end equipment, a camera phone, or a Diane Arbus impersonator—through lighting techniques, posing, and props.
DeBoudoir photographers specialize in setting their clients at ease, carefully directing poses and maneuvering lighting to elicit flattering shots that smack of self-confidence. During trademark boudoir sessions, subjects wear sumptuous lingerie or drape their nude frames strategically in sheepskins and blankets before posing in-studio or on the beach. DeBoudoir tweaks this photo formula for its other services, which include engagement sessions and pinup shoots, during which subjects wear stylish vintage garb.
DeBoudoir's lingerie boutiques brim with corsets and accessories such as hats, gloves, and thigh high stockings. Lingerie, meanwhile, runs the gamut from negligees to underthings more delicate than an aging movie starlet?s ego.