Flash House photographers draw from their impressive portfolios of commercial and personal picture taking as they inscribe holiday memories onto prints and paper greetings. An unrestricted number of family members or snowmen stand-ins don their matching sweaters for a 30- to 60-minute in-studio professional shoot. Image capturing artists utilize cutting edge equipment to emblazon selected grins onto prints and CDs, and retired stamp lickers find effective ways to diminish their stockpiles by sending out 25 greeting cards imprinted with the client's chosen pose. Patrons can choose photo sheets that contain one 8"x10", two 5"x7"s, three 4"x6"s, or eight wallets, and the prints can be of multiple poses.
Now a professional photographer who trained at the New England School of Photography, Erik first cottoned on to photography while living in Europe. Awestruck by the beauty and excitement that comes with trekking around unfamiliar places, he wanted to pull the sights through the lens of his camera and keep them from weathering in his memory. His newfound passion for photography snuck into his luggage on his trip back to the U.S., where it grew into a full-blown career of photographing boudoir shoots and weddings.
Patton Boudoir’s 900-square-foot studio, decorated like an old-fashioned dressing room, sets an elegant backdrop for tasteful photo sessions. Commercial lighting casts a flattering glow over skin, and bottles of champagne set a festive mood. During boudoir sessions, Erik uses a mix of humor and specific direction to create images that draw out each client's personality, celebrate their beauty, and show off the elegant curve of their antennae. Depending on the package, the shoot takes the form of a full-fledged event with professional makeup artist Michelle working at Erik’s side, styling hair, applying makeup, and orchestrating the wardrobe. After the shoot, Erik lightly retouches and individually tones prints to mimic darkroom techniques.
It’s no surprise that Brad Seaman ended up in the photography business. He is the son of a father who worked as a global film-supply manager for Kodak and dabbled in professional photography and a mother who seldom left home without her camera. Though Brad's immersion in the photo world was something of a recent development—he started the company in 2011—he has quickly demonstrated an innate flair, using his Nikon D700 Pro DSLR to snap nearly 25,000 pictures in a year and glamorize clients in pictures commemorating their high-school graduation, engagement, wedding, or return from a tour with the Ghost of Braces Past. Brad also specializes in portraits of families and pets, letting clients celebrate the togetherness of their household and its four-legged mascot.:m]]
Founded by Jovan Tanasijevic and Emilie Pickering, Lovely Valentine brings an artist's approach and eye for detail to all its photography, videography, and graphic-design services. Its staffers shoot everything from dance recitals to weddings, as well as family portraits and milestones such as bar mitzvahs and graduations. To enliven any private or corporate shindig, Lovely Valentine also offers photo-booth rentals.