JGoods transforms simple shoes into celebrity-worthy sneakers, shodding such high-profile stars as Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z in custom-painted footwear. JGoods (J. Goodman) himself presides over the one-hour customization class, sharing the same prepping and painting methods utilized in such famous footgear as Cam'ron's regal kicks and Mr. Ed’s gold-plated horseshoes. JGoods equips pupils with preparatory wipes for cleansing the shoe-canvas, a palette of specialty sneaker paint—which exceeds 100,000 flexes without cracking in lab tests—and a paintbrush for brushing the hairs of other paintbrushes. The shop encourages students to bring shoes from home to be decorated on the spot and equips the sole-less with a stretch of fabric for practice and companionship.
With over 45 years of professional portrait services experience, the energetic staff of 10 at Bright Side Portraits take pride in their in-studio and outdoor shoots. But they really shine during Day in the Life sessions—shoots that combine candid portraiture with photojournalism. Over three to four hours, a shutterbug follows their subject around the city, documenting their activities and warning them of any open manholes. Regardless of the shoot, Bright Side precedes each one with a consultation where the portrait consultant discusses aesthetic, wardrobe, and location with the client to ensure they are getting what they want. Scheduling is available online 24/7.
Helmed by 25-year art industry veteran Greg Hennes, Hennes Art Company enriches artwork with expertise and fine framing materials. Protect photo-captured memories of special occasions with a selection from the 8”x10” mouldings ($89) and ready-made frames ($29+), or enshrine a 16”x20” poster or print with custom matting and framing services using Hennes’ in-stock mouldings ($139). Hennes Art Company also features an expansive gallery with hundreds of framed and unframed original works of art, with several idea options for decorating the dining room or bringing a little color to the car hood.
Before he could enroll in his first middle school class, Jim Hilgedick already had a portfolio of his own pictures. At the age of 9, Jim began teaching himself film development and printing, and before long, he was documenting graduations, school events, and vacations. His enlistment into the Army in 1985 initiated a 19-year hiatus from photography, which finally ended when he founded JH Portrait Design.
Inspired by the inextinguishable passion he had for photography in his youth, the award-winning photographer specializes in portraits of high school seniors. Jim snaps artful pictures of students in his studio or at locations meaningful to them, from their favorite park in town to their favorite hiding place for their lunch money. After each session, he retouches images to remedy any blemishes or dark circles, and arranges prints into products such as wall portraits, folios, and books.
Michael Weber and Nick Adams aim their lenses at everything from beaming couples to photogenic plates of pasta. The two harness more than 25 years of combined experience as they craft images—not the kind that sit sedately in frames, but rather the kind that leap out, grab your face, and launch into stories about dimpled babies, flying mortarboards, and couples vowing to stay together in sickness and in health. Their artistic, modern style yields images perfect for family albums but also polished enough for model portfolios. They share the techniques behind that deft approach during introductory and advanced photography classes, passing down their exuberance for the art form whose development spared museum-goers from more dreary years of staring at da Vinci’s finger paintings.
Skilled, friendly photographer Katie Fears captures sensual, classy images that highlight her subjects’ best features in a private boutique studio located within the Semple Mansion. Models relax with a complimentary glass of bubby before they slip into three ensembles, pairing thigh highs with corsets or with favorite brachiosaurus costumes. Although not covered by this deal, patrons can pay an additional fee for a professional to coax locks into elegant coiffures and apply cosmetics with an artistic touch. Images from the shoot undergo a skilled retouching that rivals the improvements chiselers made on Mount Rushmore. Prints begin at $75, and subjects can acquire a leather-bound book, mounted art canvas, or DVD with all their images and print rights for an additional cost.