Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the shoot, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images. Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system, and ships specialty gift items to clients' homes for free.
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.”
Giving customers branding options beyond simple media ads, OH Promos supplies companies with promotional products that bear the logos and names of their businesses. Working with more than 3,000 suppliers, OH Promos creates a one-stop shop for companies looking for event T-shirts, pens to give out at trade shows, or mugs to sell to coffee-loving customers. In addition to their hefty selection of products, the company prides itself on competitive pricing, vowing to match or beat the set-up and shipping costs of competitors.
A young child is plopped down in front of a gray backdrop. ABC blocks are haphazardly strewn around them as hot, bright lights radiate into their eyes. This child, unsurprisingly, is not in the mood to take a beaming portrait. Copper Creek Photography eschews the generic stiffness of a standard kids' portrait session in exchange for a casual, laid-back shoot—in-studio or on-location—that allows kids to roam about as they please. In addition to kids' portraits, the seasoned shutterbugs at Copper Creek also offer shoots for high-school seniors, individuals, couples, and weddings. Customers can choose whether they want their portraits or special-event photos shot in color, sepia, or traditional black-and-white.
At Masterpiece Center for the Arts, instructors rekindle artistic creativity and help students find the medium that best inspires and challenges them. The center’s curriculum spans subjects as diverse as nature photography, henna tattoos, creative writing, and edible arrangements. Along with baseline classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture, students can delve into creating cartoons or glass mosaics, or they can take a 10-week class in cinema-style special-effects makeup.