The Collectors Wall Fine Art Gallery, a working gallery and framing venture owned by art enthusiasts Len and Kaye Gionfriddo and helmed by their son Gregg, has paired admirers with art and art with frames for more than a quarter of a century. The gallery experts outline posters and photographs with simple or elaborate frames and matting, and then top art with nonglare or UV glass so that it can be hang beautifully above mantels, in hallways, and off rearview mirrors. Framers also aid patrons in designing shadow boxes for jersey and sports-memorabilia displays and adding elegantly beveled frames to mirrors. In addition, The Collectors Wall sells rare prints, posters, and the brushwork of accomplished artists.
Cars line up at the drive-thru window, where instead of bags of burgers and fries, staffers hand over bundles of glossy personal photos. Inside Creative Photo & Digital Imaging, digital techs convert media such as VHS tapes, records, and reels to DVD and CD, while across the store, photo experts transfer snaps onto album prints, museum-grade canvas wraps, and gifts such as coffee mugs and puzzles. Heirloom family portraits, ravaged by rips and sun damage, doff their imperfections in the photo-restoration lab, and an onsite portrait studio captures clans as they update their sweater sets through the years. Creative Photo & Digital Imaging also hosts photography classes on subjects from how to take better pictures on camera phones to the intricacies of digital SLR cameras.
FrameWorks prepares art and memorabilia for wall appearances by enveloping them in fashionable custom mats and frames. Each piece of artwork luxuriates in the attention of experienced framers, who employ their eye for design and more than 40 years of combined framing experience to give each piece a custom home in which to reside until retiring to Barbados. Customers can peruse the shop’s display of more than 2,000 molding frames—including certified Larson-Juhl 22k gold frames—hundreds of mats, and nonglare, plexiglas, and UV–protection glass to discover a design that speaks to their personality, their home’s décor, and their invisible entourage. In addition to framing traditional print art and photographs, FrameWorks also assembles shadowboxes to commemorate special occasions such as weddings, concerts, and interplanetary vacations. Prices for custom framing vary based on size, mounting, mats, glass, and frame choice; the shop can outfit a 16"x20" image for anywhere from $100 to $500.
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It's a new decade, and the antiquated days of sitting still for endless hours of portraiture have been usurped by the immediacy of the camera. Today's side deal gets you a photo session, an airbrush makeover, and a 10x13 portrait printed on premium Pearlized Portraits paper from Glamour Shots for $19 (a $119 total value). With three locations to choose from—in Kennesaw, Douglasville, and Buford—you can conveniently schedule an appointment to permanentize your countenance or the collective visage of your family through sturdy and durable photography.
Professional photography offers experience and guidance, which means your pictures won't have any elbows poking out the corner of the frame. Glamour Shots' expert capturers lead the photo session while sharing directorial power with their subject. Bring your own colorful outfits (two to three) and communicate with your photographer so he or she can help you execute your vision. You're even welcome to commemorate a moment or activity in your life by bringing props, such as the newspaper featuring your victory at the Jam Recipe Throwdown or an unripe banana wrapped in lettuce. Plus, the pre-shot makeover is included ($20 value), so your airbrush kit can stay at home. The fruits of your modeling will be your choice of a fantastic 10x13 shot ($69 value) that's printed on premium pearly paper ($30 value). It will make a wonderful addition to any mantle, windowsill, or birthday cake.
The customers in Atlanta are too busy auditioning for the next season of America's Next Top Model to review Glamour Shots, but some Citysearchers in other states found a few minutes to sing its praises:
- Although I was skeptical at first…I decided to go in, not opt for the airbrushing, and just take professional looking photos for my business. Not only was it EXTREMELY FUN, but the results were absolutely amazing!!! By no means would I ever consider myself an attractive man…but when I got my photos, I felt attractive. I felt good about myself. The staff was very professional, very fun, very good at what they do. – businessboy, Citysearch San Diego
- Taking my daughter to this place for her Pictures was the best choice we could had made…I was pleased with the outcomes, the personal there is so helpful and kind they dress her up did the hair…they just new exactly what to do. – pncho33, Citysearch Los Angeles
Educated in fashion and portraiture photography, Alison Beyer approaches each session with an eye for capturing precious moments and details. Alison will take a minimum of 75 shots during the sitting while masterfully catching clients in their natural element, should that be midchuckle or midlevitation. After the session, an 11"x14" custom wall print will be provided, with the option of purchasing additional prints or a CD containing all the session's images ($250). All color photos will live online for 30 days after the shoot.
When not framing a grinning client in his studio, Dave Parmalee heads to on-location shoots within the Fort Myers area. Whether working with newly engaged couples, collaborating with high school students taking their senior portraits, or creating headshots for aspiring secret agents, Dave applies an artistic eye to evoke his subject's essence. Lasting Impressions Photography captures memorable poses for customers, which are printed in-house at a full-color photography lab and framed at the nearby Frame Works, a full-service custom framing shop.