Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
An orb of mauve and pale pink roses bursts from a thin glass vase. Hoops of lily grass and skinny stalks of equisetum frame fuchsia orchids. Such are the inventive components of Boggan's Florist’s eye-catching and diverse collection of flowers, which can suit any occasion. The shop’s floral experts are happy to guide customers through the vast selection, helping them hone in on their ideal arrangement.
In addition to exotic and classic blooms, the shop also stocks gifts and treats, from a dozen Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries to stuffed bears that play birthday songs or reminders to feed the fish. Additionally, the florists use their keen eyes to arrange gift baskets filled with gourmet food, fresh fruits, or spa products.
The beauty experts at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio take a personal interest in their clients’ pores. They perform complimentary assessments of skin type before plucking the proper makeup from a varied inventory, ensuring foundations and shadows flatter complexions and compound eyes. Comprised of cosmetics and skincare from the Merle Norman line, which was born in Los Angeles in 1931, the beautifying powders and serums can be tested in-store before purchase. That means customers can sweep bronzing powder across cheekbones and seal in the sun-kissed hues with Expert Touch Finishing Spray before deciding if it really matches their favorite ski mask. In addition to the studio’s namesake line, staffers also stock professional OPI nail polish, perfumes, and accessories.
Handcrafted from preservative-free goodies, each gift from Edible Arrangements invites eyes to ogle and tongues to taste the fruits—hand-dipped in chocolate or left au naturel—that make up its sweet bouquet. The succulent, seeded morsels inside each gift box or upright bouquet are picked at the peak of freshness, ensuring a rush of juice and a muffled scream as teeth bite into the fleshy skin of crisp grapes, albion strawberries, and granny smith apples layered in white, dark, and milk chocolate. The tempting creations sprout from a range of decorative vases and containers, helping to commemorate all sorts of special occasions, from birthdays and weddings to the start of a doomed fast.
During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.
A piggy bank covered in polka dots, a platter celebrating Mother?s Day complete with each of her children?s handprints, a ceramic replica of Sesame Street?s Ernie?these are just a few of the projects that have emerged from Seize the Clay, a hands-on art studio specializing in pottery painting. In addition to embellishing various bisque pieces with unique designs, visitors can create glass-fused pendants, multihued mosaics. They can also try their hands at the potter?s wheel, hold birthday parties, or attend an interactive summer camp.