Since setting up shop in 1881, The Day Publishing Company has earned a reputation for journalistic integrity, amassing numerous awards and remaining one of the few publishers to operate as a public trust. The company produces the printed and online editions of The Day, a daily periodical dedicated to the happenings of southeastern Connecticut. Sports and entertainment sections track local and national figures, and the business section compiles up-to-the-minute commerce headlines alongside stock quotes. Each issue also includes such newspaper mainstays as coupons, job postings, and real-estate listings, and weekly features crop up in the paper's Sunday edition, which doubles as a projectile with which to threaten demonically possessed paperboys from the next town over.
Photo Card Creations is a leading online retailer for photo cards, invitations, and announcements, giving save-the-dates and season's greetings a personal stamp of elegantly un-pixelated digital portraiture. Since 2001, the custom creations have given couples, families, and solo heroes of the printed greeting a vast canvas on which to frame their valiant visages, with body language-enhanced thank you cards, warmly grinning invitations, and fatally cute cards to commemorate tiny new humans. All cards are printed on cardstock that, at a thick 100 lbs., is a bit self-conscious about its weight, but delivers a reliably sturdy greeting all the same. Cards for any occasion come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and designs, including hard-to-find watercolor and hand-torn-edge cards ($2.20–$2.35 each), panel insert cards ($2.05–$2.20 each), or a classic folded linen card in either cream or white ($2.10–$2.35 each).
Kelly and Kathy's friendship first began in high school, staying strong throughout their college years in Virginia and an eventual move back to Connecticut. Kelly's passion for photography led her to establish her own studio, and Kathy's business and education degrees directed her to teaching—though she never gave up on her childhood dream of becoming an artist. With Simply K Studios, the duo finally combined their respective experiences and industry savvy into a lifestyle photography venture, documenting weddings, senior portraits, infants, and families.
The shutterbug pair tries to capture each client's one-of-a-kind character during sessions, which typically travel to a nearby location or homecoming game reenactment of personal significance. Their prints, digital slideshows, and packages make for prime scrapbooking fodder as they transfer memories to tangible forms.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Out of Jennifer Dougan’s entire family-centric photography portfolio, her favorite shots are the ones of newborns and toddlers. She enjoys the unpredictability of tots’ interactions with the most complicated toy they’ve ever seen: the camera. The adaptability she demonstrates in these shoots serves her equally well in her grown-up shoots, which cover everything from weddings to tiny plastic couples being introduced into their natural wedding-cake habitat. In the studio, families and bouncing youngsters pose in front of patterned backdrops before browsing photos in the online galleries Jennifer maintains.
The photographic wizards at Winkflash test their equipment every day to ensure that their photo books, gifts, canvas prints, posters, and photo prints look crisp and clear. Photo prints come on Fuji Crystal Archive paper in either a glossy or a matte finish depending on the innate shininess of the people depicted. Shutterbugs have the option of adding a white border to prints, which classes up pictures of swear-word conventions, and Winkflash’s free back-printing service personalizes the dorsal side of photos with a few choice words chosen from the picture-side's thousand. The unlimited image storage available to Winkflash users is completely free, as is the image-sharing technology that makes it easy for recent vacationers to show their friends pictures of the inside of their car.