Few can dependably predict the future, and Matthew Wolcott probably wasn't prepared to predict even his own destiny while he was studying history at Lee University. A part-time job at Sears Portrait Studio led to classes at the New York Institute of Photography, setting the stage for a full-fledged career snapping portraits and twiddling thumbs in darkrooms. These days, Image Photography is the home base of Matthew's current passion: documenting the slices of life that make up people's personal histories, from birth to weddings and graduation. He snaps candid and posed shots within his controlled studio—where he prefers the sophisticated minimalism of a white background—and his clients can select a favorable outdoor spot for on-location shoots. After each session, he expertly tweaks color levels and digital filters to best accentuate natural grins of each subject while highlighting jawlines that conform to the golden ratio.
After years of snapping photos alone, Matt was joined at Image Photography by Cassie Lawler. While working as a retail banker, Cassie took a vacation to Mexico, where she snapped more than 500 photos. She had a favorite—an image of a beachfront taken from the top of a lighthouse. She hung a print on the only wall that she personally owned, and it was that image that reminded her daily of her inborn passion for photography. When she isn't capturing unforgettable portraits with Matthew, Cassie studies human environmental sciences at the University of Alabama.
West House is guided by the keen eye of photographer and digital-image editor Krystal Blase. No matter who's in front of her lens, she always aims to keep the atmosphere playful and the results within her vintage, fashion-forward style. Krystal has snapped subjects ranging from serious, style-savvy models to swooning, lighthearted couples to jumping extraterrestrial tourists, and will happily accommodate an on-location shoot of up to six photogenic persons. When considering location, Krystal typically encourages subjects to select a backdrop that best matches their personal narrative, so you should probably avoid shooting between competing outdoor poetry slams. After your shoot, Krystal will draw on her postproduction expertise to compile your high-resolution images on CD. Disc in hand, you'll be free to spread your shots liberally across the Internet, across the fridges of familial acquaintances, or across the desk of one highly impressed nose-modeling agency.
The professionals at KELCURT Media work to preserve clients’ memories captured on VHS or in photos, which may degrade over time. Home movies, films, and pictures can be stored safely on DVD, which makes them easier to access and playable anytime. KELCURT Media also shoot commercials and film instructional videos, weddings, and events for clients.
Fretboard cartographer Scott LaFlamme draws on dexterities gleaned as the guitarist for renowned glam-rock band Bang Tango in private lessons that chart harmonic scales and explore the edges of musical theory. Set in a working music studio, outfitted with ready-to-play guitars, basses, and pianos, Scott’s lessons forgo rigid instruction in favor of exercises that feed off his students’ stylistic inclinations. Aspiring axmen develop a playing style as well-rounded as the tail of a treble clef as Scott pinpoints their strengths and weaknesses, doling out praise for proper hammer-ons and gentle reprimands for off-angled stage dives. Piano lessons impart ivory-tickling techniques that make keyboards shudder with melodious laughter, and song-writing sessions illustrate how to ensnare future fans in hook-laden chord progressions.
Scenic City Storage's ample indoor and outdoor stockpiling space allows customers to house surplus supplies for short- or long-term rental periods with no deposit required. The 5'x5' room ($28+/month) can hold small furniture, bikes, or clothing and the 10'x15' area contains the same square footage as a one-bedroom apartment ($99+/month). The largest space is the plus-size 20'x20' chamber ($299+/month), which can fit a car, years' worth of discarded pizza boxes, or a taxidermy dinosaur collection. Weather-sensitive items might find a better home in one of the climate-controlled units and intrepid inanimate objects such as RVs and boats would do just as well in the long-term parking lot ($40+/month).
In their combined 30 years of experience in HVAC service, the team at Scenic Air Solutions has yet to meet a furnace they couldn’t fix. They pride themselves in specializing in the installation and repair of virtually every brand of furnace and AC unit, as well as extending their lives and enhancing their performance with regular tune-ups and inspections. For clients looking to upgrade their equipment altogether, the staff stocks the sales floor with time-tested brands such as Trane, Goodman, Frigidaire, and Tempstar.