Shutterbug Michael Spangler, owner of Expressions Photography of Central, has been snapping photos professionally since 1986. His skills earned him stints as president of the Louisiana Professional Photographers Association and the Capital City Professional Photographers Guild. Today, he crafts portraits and senior photos both inside his studio and amid natural surroundings. His sophisticated, black-and-white portraits occasionally include pops of color to highlight a red car, a pink tutu, or a bad case of the blues. In his color photos, Michael runs the gamut between heavy saturation and subdued, desaturated hues to highlight his subject's dynamic poses.
While chronicling weddings, he draws on 26 years of experience as he alternates between traditional poses and candid shots. Michael also transforms sports photos into memorabilia such as custom composites, trading cards, and magnets. When he isn't capturing still images, he professionally records concerts and recitals on video.
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how backed up by the Pack & Ship Promise. Shipping costs for one package depend on distance, but generally run less than $25, with a 3-pound 19"x13"x5" ground package averaging $12.93. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best, using one of the full range of UPS shipping options, including ground and international shipping.
Karli Beard doesn't limit herself when it comes to photography. The multitalented shutterbug works adeptly with kids and adults alike, shooting new moms, families at play, and demure portraits in dim lighting. She also captures weddings and engagements with bridal photography sessions that memorialize big days better than a cake chiseled from granite.
Connie's photographic artistry shines through her ability to capture candid moments with children, couples, and families. Each shutter session begins at the client's choice of location, be it a family home, an idyllic garden, or a postapocalyptic landscape ruled by sentient ATMs. After Connie thoroughly captures her subjects' two-dimensional essences, clients will receive fully edited, digital copies of all photographs unencumbered by the studio's logo or Photoshopped pirate costumes. Customers that choose the four-hour session will also receive one 11"x14" collage comprised of five photos of their choice, one 11"x14" print, one 8"x10" print, two 5"x7" prints, unlimited digital images, and a disc containing up to 100 photos set to their choice of music.
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Bursting with deluxe gifts and fine paper products, Jodie Badon helps customers prep for birthday bashes, baby showers, engagement parties, and other festive events. Replace flowerpots made of solidified air pollution with recycled-glass vases ($5–$60), or make pudgie pies over campfires of candles by Lafco ($20–$55), Illume ($10–$45), and Seda France ($15–$50). Shoppers seeking gifts for graduations, bat mitzvahs, and puppy weddings may choose from a wide selection of Vera Bradley stationery and handbags ($12+), travel accessories, and items for outdoor entertaining. Elegant invitations ($0.75+ each) impress potential guests and set the tone for successful events. Jodie Badon’s resident stamp-lickers will ship purchases anywhere in the U.S., and its nimble cashiers will mask any item in fancy gift-wrap free of charge.