The shutterbugs at Janssen Photography divide their time between two scenic locales where they capture subjects around charming outdoor grounds or inside one of two contemporary studios. At the Lakewood site, a historical Victorian home nestles amid 2 acres of scenery that include a pond, waterfall, gazebo, and a 1940s vintage pickup truck. The Littleton studio rests on 2.5 acres of coalmining land, where a rustic cellar and a stone waterfall create evocative photo backgrounds. Once photographers have snapped sophisticated family photos, whimsical child portraits, and memorable senior photos, they retouch these images and immortalize them in print form. When they aren't snapping shots on their home turf, Janssen's photographers go on location to chronicle weddings, shoot publicity photos, and document fake lunar landings.
Focused on community-building and self-expression, Working With Artists bestows dedicated, skilled photographic instruction upon fledgling shutterbugs during digital-photography workshops, instilling pertinent picture-taking knowledge alongside burgeoning technological prowess. Classes of 50 or fewer students learn the ins and outs of their digital portrait boxes, learning how to zoom with aplomb and adjust settings to create flattering outdoor photos or achieve a spooky flashlight-held-under-the-chin effect. Tote along your own camera for in-depth tutorials on camera function while developing practical skills and increasing creativity during the six-hour session, taking a quick break to eat a snack or build a tripod out of snack wrappers.
For more than 100 years, United Parcel Service's recognizable brown trucks have been showing up on doorsteps in a timely fashion. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by enabling commerce to travel the globe. Now the world's largest package-delivery company and a recognized name in specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS's legions manage the flow of goods, funds, and grandmas' cookies in more than 200 countries.
The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for masking-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services for large-quantity flyer makers and mailbox rentals for lazy messenger pigeons. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous cargo standards and solemn Pack & Ship Promise.
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.”
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.