In 1975, photographers Kristen Cole and David Marr founded their eponymous workshops in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, with only a darkroom, some developing equipment, and a classroom that could barely hold five students and a small grizzly bear. After 20 years of educating New Englanders, the talented duo relocated its expanding school to Boise to impart the duo's commercial and artistic expertise to students in the Treasure Valley. Cole/Marr Photography Workshops now illuminates the art of image capture in Boise's renovated Cultural Center, which houses the school's three darkrooms, studio and framing areas, digital workstations, and a photo library. Open to new framers and advanced snappers alike, the workshops' curriculums span fundamentals of both traditional and digital photography, with seminars on topics such as the darkroom process, Photoshop editing, and portraiture. Pupil and instructor galleries inspire with beautiful shots, many taken during photo safaris led by Cole and Marr to destinations as diverse as the contents of a communal diary.
Get your page-turning finger licked and ready for an editorial exploration of Idaho's history, landscape, architecture, geology, outdoor recreation, and more. Created by and for Idahoans, Idaho magazine shares the stories of the state one month at a time. June's issue featured the first installment of a thoughtful two-part recollection of late wordsmith and conservationist Ted Trueblood, an excerpt from F. Willard Robinson's book Hit the Silk!: How a Boise Native Helped to Save George Bush, Sr., In World War II, and lots of handsome high-end ink. Check the archive to see more past stories.
Up in Pieces prints custom jigsaw puzzles in various shapes and designs, using your personal photos and water-resistant UltraChrome inks, which are said to last 80 years before fading. Puzzle purchasers can tinker with a slew of options on the shop’s website to create custom puzzles ($20 base price for an 8”x10” puzzle) or choose from four unique puzzle-piece styles, with the option to add novelty pieces ($5 each) cut to look like butterflies, words, or famous Lithuanian diplomats. Predesigned cuts allow customers to decorate an 8”x10” cake-shaped puzzle ($25) or beautify an 8”x10” heart-shaped puzzle ($25) with the countenance of a loved one. In addition, an in-house graphic designer oversees every Up in Pieces puzzle order to ensure clients’ photos remain vibrant and are never stretched or skewed.
When photographer Aubrey Brower captures an artful image through her lens, she isn't quite satisfied. After snapping a mixture of posed and candid shots, she heads to her computer to subtly brighten colors, correct flaws, and reframe subjects for the most striking, polished final product that could possibly adorn a mantle, online profile, or voodoo shrine. With passion and an eye-for-detail, she hopes to yield vivid engagement prints, family portraits, or boudoir images that have the power to transport viewers back to memorable moments in time.
SVS Inc.'s video production team unleashes their media prowess to shoot professional music videos, commercials, corporate videos, and virtually any type of moving image. They’ve shot and edited video for the likes of Ballet Idaho and RAWArtists Boise, orchestrating a fashion flash mob spectacle with a phalanx of models. When not capturing video for future music and fashion stars, SVS Inc. works with families to create video greeting cards, which they can upload directly to Youtube or a compatible family member's brain.
The skilled archivists at MAD Technologies accept old media and document formats via mail or in-store drop off, giving families and organizations a hassle-free means of preserving cherished content that happens to live on obsolete formats. Elderly books become digitized epics, and grainy home movies recorded onto Beta or 8mm film are reborn in pixels, all with customization options and lightning-quick turnaround. While digital material should last longer than its analog predecessors, MAD Technologies' staff plays it safe–technicians automatically archive and store all images and video, in the event that discs should be damaged or run away from home in their rebellious teenage years.