Get a picture that will forever preserve your nubile physique and uncanny resemblance to a certain pop star with today's Groupon to Crane Photography. For $50, you'll get a two-to-three-hour outdoor photo shoot or studio portrait session, a $150 value. You'll also get an 8"x10" print and an opportunity to order additional prints for 25% off normal print pricing. (See "Investment" on the website for print prices). Your photographer will travel within a 40-mile radius of Medford, NJ, in a refrigerator with wheels; locations outside the radius will incur an additional $50 fee per 30 extra minutes of driving each way.
A boldly shaped beehive of black and blond braids. Cascading blond curls, shaded by a sheer veil. The two hairstyles seem like polar opposites, but the team of stylists and makeup artists at Queens Coiffure were able to expertly craft both for their clients. Helmed by Bethany Bell—whose nickname, “Queen B,” inspired the studio’s name—the team’s services can easily prepare a bride for her wedding day or a model for an avant-garde fashion shoot. The stylists complement their custom hairdos and extensions with hairstyling lessons, which teach patrons that a braid is not just one massive, neglected split end. Meanwhile, their spray tans, eyelash tints, and meticulous manicures enhance features for any occasion.
Melissa Michalczyk strives to see beauty in everything, and throughout six years as a professional photographer, she has worked tirelessly to capture it in its natural habitat. As flashbulbs light up the second-floor studio that New Girl Photography calls home, Melissa coaxes forth her subjects’ inner sirens with friendly chatter and posing pointers during her signature boudoir-photo shoots. A strong believer that every photograph should tell a story, Melissa orchestrates candid shots to artfully tease out meaningful images in portrait session or at special events from weddings to baby’s first recitation of Homer’s The Iliad.
FotoBridge.com offers a convenient way to preserve aging photographs in a permanent digital format with a simple three-step process. The 250-print package allows you select up to 250 of your fondest memories and artsy appliance portraits to bundle and send (a $44.95 value, see advice about packaging your photos). The image wizards at FotoBridge.com will swiftly scan your precious images into a secure JPEG format, using Intelligent Digital Finishing technology to enhance color, sharpen contrast, and remove red-eye caused by overly flashy flashes and sporadic demonic possessions. After your snapshots have been scanned and edited, they'll be stored on a handy DVD along with reduced-sized, web-ready files. You'll also receive an extra copy of the disk to give to your family or hang from your rearview mirror as a makeshift disco ball ($6.95). Your photos are safely handled and fully trackable through every step of the process, and free return shipping is included.
Art instructors, wedding and fashion photographers, and the paparazzi of the avian world populate the staff at Imagination Digital Art School. Placing working photographers at the helm of every class, the school offers beginners and casual enthusiasts a glimpse at how the pros envision, set up, and carry out the perfect shot. Workshops send students through crash courses on lighting, composition, or the technical aspects of their cameras, and ventures in the field visit scenic locales such as Adventure Aquarium and Barnegat Lighthouse, which sailors have long loved for its flattering lighting.
For more than 25 years, the film historians and crackerjack editors at Tailor-Made have kept magnetic and cellophane memoirs alive using the latest technologies to teleport fading keepsakes from outdated media into the digital age. Dusty videotapes of old school musicals or rusty 8 mm footage of your grandparents' siege of Plymouth Rock can now been seen with a clarity that didn’t exist in the myopic days of yore. With a vast array of videotape services, up to two hours of footage from VHS, Betamax, 8 mm, analog electroencephalograms, and more can be carefully converted to DVD ($29.95 per tape) for convenient family viewing. Ravaged tapes that have been chewed up and spewed out by rabid VCRs can ascend to digital heaven with Tailor-Made's repair services ($49.95 per tape). The filmic transformers can also convert film reels and lucid dreams into digitally tangible states.