Hour-long photo sessions with Montenero's sensualist shutterbugs yield tasteful, alluring images. Sprightly retro pin-ups recall a time when exposed knees were thought to incite Communism, while more concupiscent boudoir photos awaken subjects' latent sultriness while they pout, preen, and lounge in lingerie. Budding vixens can choose between either a shoot at the photographers' Lawrenceville studio or one within the comfort of their own homes, finally unlocking the eroticism lurking within old leather recliners or double-basin bathroom sinks. Basic retouching services are included with the deal, which is personalized according to each subject's areas of confidence and results in an 8"x10" print.
Besides beautifying hair, stylist Shauna Tonnessen's main mission is to make her clients feel at home. That's why she's filled the freestanding brick building with leather furniture, dark hardwood floors, and a cozy fireplace. Yet, in spite of her emphasis on hominess, her professional salon services are hardly the kind you get at home. Precision haircuts descend from her fingertips along with Big Sexy Hair products, keratin smoothing treatments, and color services. Clients looking to augment their natural lengths can opt for feather and hair extensions.
Barbo Productions helps partygoers savor the good times long after the final song has ended. Much like a digital guest book, Barbo’s easy-to-operate video booth records personal messages from guests. Similarly, the company’s photo walls capture goofy grins and vacant stares by letting revelers pose freely in front of themed and decorative walls instead of squeezing into booths. Barbo Productions also offers wedding packages that cover ceremonies and receptions with high-definition broadcast cameras.
Anthony Vining has an eye for detail. He founded Moments Relived Photography in order to share his love for immortalizing important events such as weddings or baby showers. He also uses his compositional skills to frame portraits of families or individuals, as well as nonhuman subjects such as architecture, landscapes, and cyborg family photos.
“So many people go through life looking at things without really seeing them,” muses Mary Buck, founder of Studio 2.8. Her mission as a teacher is twofold: to help her pupils see things and to help them share what they see with others. “Photography lets you paint with light,” she tells her classes, “but you have to go in with a vision.” She gives her pupils the tools to realize their visions during workshops that delve into all facets of digital photography, from the basics of adjusting f-stop to the advanced skills needed to capture a delicious smell of pixels.
It isn't surprising that Buck is a photography teacher; photography runs in her blood. Both of her siblings and her sister-in-law are skilled photographers, and she's been aiming her own lens at subjects since she was just 18. As a professional, her talent for catching dimples and laughter has led to portraits that families can pass down to new generations or Earth-conquering aliens. Seventeen years after starting her own studio, her passion for the art form has only grown, and her enthusiasm for sharing what she calls “that fire in my belly” with her students still burns strong.
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Paul Bennett has spent more than a quarter century honing his cutting and coloring skills, establishing a personal style and gaining the experience to bring customer visions to life. Appointments begin with clients nestling into their chairs amid the studio's modern decor and consulting with their stylist about their 'do. Questions about lifestyle and aesthetic preferences alongside considerations of face shape and hair texture guide hair tamers toward sculpting fresh new looks that avoid cookie-cutter styles such as the flat top or the gingerbread man. Paul Bennett and his team also specialize in coloring and highlighting, mixing up a vibrant palette of shades and hues to pop volume and vigor into hair.