Brandy Metzger's passion for photography was born on the same day as her first son. Immediately after his arrival, and later, the arrival of her second son, her knack for snapping pictures ballooned from a hobby into a full-blown vocation. Today, at her eponymous studio, the Shreveport native helps others memorialize moments with their newborns.
Outside the studio, families, wedding parties, and mothers-to-be gather during onsite shoots that mix formal poses with doses of spontaneity. Afterward, Brandy returns to her lab, transferring chosen shots onto prints, projecting them into the night sky, or putting them into online galleries, which are perfect for sharing with friends.
Bedroom Sleep Shops strives to pair each back with an appropriate snoozing vessel. The sweeping selection of brand-name mattresses ranges from the firm, supportive Sealy Morning Fog (king set $1,699, queen $1,299, full $1,249) to the cloud-soft Bloomsbury Signature (king set $1,999, queen $1,399, full $1,349). Sleepers can rest easy on an Enchanted Plush from Coriscana (king set $1,299, queen $999, full $949), or repose in black-tie luxury with a Douglas House set from Stearns and Foster (king set $2,299, queen $1,799, full $1,749). The burly bedsetters also offer extensive delivery services, dropping off and installing new mattresses as well as respectfully removing retired ones to a farm upstate.
Stockpiling its shelves with an armada of personalized gifts, deluxe stationery, eye-candy invitations, and celebratory birth announcements, The Paper Tulip pleases even the most discerning palattes. Peruse nifty note cards designed by stationery-heavy hitters such as Stacy Claire Boyd, Prints Charming Paper, and Little Lamb Designs, and pick up a set of candy apple red watermelon recipe cards (20 personalized cards for $30) ideal for recording secret family recipes and secret family secrets. Customizable "Change of a Dress" invitations (10 invitations for $40) let old neighbors know where you disappeared to in the middle of the night, and the Wet Paint open house invitations (10 personalized cards for $40) encourage new neighbors to scribble sonnets on your freshly painted sectional couch. For the organization-seeker, a variety of ID tags are available for both children and adults, such as the Soccer All-Star ID tag ($11 for one tag; 2 for $16) or the tasteful Damask Robin's Egg tags (3 tags for $18).
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
At Mint Julep Paperie, shelves brim with stationery doodads that spice up parties from top brands such as Three Designing Women, Arzberger, and Vera Wang. Discerning hosts can pour a few labors of liquid love into 16-ounce foam cups, customized for themed parties with images inspired by Halloween, sports teams, and other seasonal motifs. Customers can also make their mark while making an impression with a customized Three Designing Women address stamp. These self-inking stamps can be emblazoned with monograms, various designs, or timeless sayings such as "From the Desk of:" or "Happy Holidays from Everyone Except Cheryl." Kits come standard with a well of black ink, and other ink colors are available for an additional cost ($6).
The practiced photographers of Xyan Imaging are on-hand to capture everything from wedding vows to senior portraits. Subjects can opt for formally staged in-studio photos with the whole family or more candid shots set against scenic outdoor backdrops. Other sessions include maternity shoots, event portraiture, and modeling packages for those looking to make their driver's-license photo jealous.