Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the shoot, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images. Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system, and ships specialty gift items to clients' homes for free.
That ?et cetera? in the name of Image Arts Etc. encompasses a lot. Here, staffers help clients preserve their visual memories in a host of ways, from snapping photos on-location and in the studio, to furnishing frames for cherished images. But the services don?t end there. On-staff technicians also transfer photos and video from older formats to new ones, and they can use restoration, graphic design, and multimedia editing skills to polish existing pictures and films. Some customers even elect to rent the entire Image Arts studio, where a selection of backdrops, props, and basic photography gear await for amateur photographers who want to orchestrate their own shoot. Customers can elect to bring in their own props for use in the photo studio, where green screen photography and videos are also available.
Solar Control Window Tinting swathes panes in professional films that diffuse sunlight and maintain even-keeled climates in cars, homes, and offices. Residential and commercial windows don sheer or dense privacy films from brands such as 3M and Piper, which block up to 99% of UV rays, trap warmth in the winter, and block heat in the summer, keeping energy consumption in check and environments comfortable. The coatings also protect art and upholstery from sun damage, and can reduce the number of flying shards should storms or soprano houseguests shatter windows.
Solar Control’s techs apply the same surface savvy to car windows, precision-cutting film to fit individual panes or covering vulnerable auto paint with weather-resistant urethane film. While technicians work on rides at the company's headquarters, drivers can settle into plush couches, peruse satellite TV channels, and join a free WiFi network in the waiting room.
Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
A young child is plopped down in front of a gray backdrop. ABC blocks are haphazardly strewn around them as hot, bright lights radiate into their eyes. This child, unsurprisingly, is not in the mood to take a beaming portrait. Copper Creek Photography eschews the generic stiffness of a standard kids' portrait session in exchange for a casual, laid-back shoot—in-studio or on-location—that allows kids to roam about as they please. In addition to kids' portraits, the seasoned shutterbugs at Copper Creek also offer shoots for high-school seniors, individuals, couples, and weddings. Customers can choose whether they want their portraits or special-event photos shot in color, sepia, or traditional black-and-white.