With a showroom full of materials and an impressive body of work that hangs in buildings such as the Trump Tower, Creative Edge helps clients turn bare walls into conversation pieces. Each Creative Edge consultant brings at least 10 years of professional experience to projects, ensuring that every frame perfectly complements its portrait, landscape, or recursive picture of picture frames. These experts also handle 3-D projects, creating shadowbox showpieces for items such as plates, sports memorabilia, medals, and dried flowers. Before settling on a design, clients can peruse the showroom to get creative juices flowing. The showroom offers samples of more than 3,000 different mouldings made from materials that range from classic solid woods to reclaimed roofing supplies, and the gallery features fine-art lithographs, giclées, and original multimedia pieces.
By their own estimation, the photographers, video editors, lighting technicians, and other staff at Chicago-based Complete Music And Video are involved in more than 13,000 weddings each year. They cover five major facets of wedding and event production: Using DSLR cameras, their photographers take a candid, photo-journalistic approach, which allows them to capture intimate details, such as fingers gently touching over a tablecloth, or large-scale ones such as horses bursting out of the wedding cake. Similarly, their videographers can preserve the best moments—or an entire evening—using state-of-the-art HD cameras.
Meanwhile, the DJs work with clients to craft evening announcements as well as toe-tapping playlists. Lighting technicians, on the other hand, use overhead lights, monograms, lighted tables, and other elements to conjure any atmosphere you desire. Additionally, Complete Music And Video will let you and your party guests take memory-capturing into their own hands with enclosed photo booths, each of which contains a selection of playful props.
With more than 25 years of experience, the fanciful framers at Artkarved help display and commemorate all manner of artwork, photos, and cherished keepsakes. The staff of right-angle aficionados offers unique design materials and services, including hand-carved mats, handmade papers, and barbwire security frames for priceless portraits. Outfit a diploma with a conservation double mat, UV glass, and acid-free backing ($114+), or gild a wedding invitation ($107+). Artkarved will also add tasteful wood trim to specialty frame jobs including sports jerseys ($350+). With thousands of frame choices, Artkarved has lent its preservative presence to high-profile clients including the Chicago Bears team members and helped homeowners take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as tacky industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall.
Dale Horn first began taking photograph portraits in 1988, and in the following decades he's begun to specialize in candid portrayals of graduating seniors, families, children, and weddings. Dale works in a relaxed setting that puts his subjects at ease, making portrait sessions fun even as he captures defining characteristics of individuals, families, or children. He harnesses years of creative knowledge to turn images of people into works of art, patiently waiting for the right facial expression to capture the subject's personality.
Swaddling sports fans and educational aficionados in clothes and accessories celebrating the nation’s highest institutions, University Avenue packs a sizable stock of scholarly products inside its hallowed walls. With clothes and accessories saluting more than 75 schools and universities, the campus clothier has everything to satisfy doting grandparents, fresh-faced freshman, and enthusiastic college-football oddsmakers. Celebrate a sibling’s graduation by sporting a t-shirt ($16–$28) or hoodie ($32+) emblazoned with the moniker of their alma mater, or toast your school’s physics department’s recent acknowledgement of gravity with an assortment of college tumblers, mugs, and water bottles ($7–$20). A huge selection of hats ($21.99–$24.99) and shorts ($29.99–$34.99) help lend authenticity to bathroom-mirror Heisman Trophy acceptance speeches, and to stoke the healthy flames of competition, University Avenue even has decals ($4.99) for coating school spirit across the faces of adversaries.
In sports photographer Rick Rubenstein's portfolio, gymnasts hover in midair. Baseball players slide onto bases nanoseconds before the ball hits the baseman's glove. Wrestlers twist into vertebrae-defying positions. And athletes' drive and focus contort their faces into animalistic, split-second expressions that singlehandedly express the drama of their games.