Experienced photographer Steve Kowalski brings 20 years of fine-art and photojournalism experience to each photo shoot at A Better Exposure. Steve's portrait style includes color as well as black-and-white film, and he approaches each subject, from families to pets to recent college grads, with a desire to capture each distinct personality. During in-studio sessions, he serves refreshments while talking casually with clients in his lounge. Clients can have their shoots inside Steve's spacious studio, outfitted with a range of backdrops and canvases, or can take advantage of his expertise in on-location sessions that incorporate the beauty of the surrounding Omaha area. After each shoot, Steve retires to an advanced digital darkroom where he edits and retouches images, and removes any photo-bombing bunny rabbits. Customers can then purchase prints, photo books, and other products such as slideshows from A Better Exposure.
Footloose & Fancy believes in a two-pronged philosophy: its owners are deeply committed to both protecting the environment and to outfitting people of all ages with comfortable, fashionable clothing that help them to achieve a healthy lifestyle. To combine these two passions, the eco-conscious business only carries clothing from brands devoted to using recycled materials, biodegradable vegetable dyes, and environmentally friendly production methods, such as The North Face.
After equipping customers for more than three decades, Footloose & Fancy has learned to keep up with the latest trends. Recently, they've panned back their eco-friendly and trend-spotting telescope to focus on clothing, too, stocking up on jackets, coats, and outdoor garb from The North Face, Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Kuhl, and Fjallraven, as well as women's workout apparel from Lol? and yoga apparel from Prana.
From the city in which Arbor Day originated, Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard has managed to preserve a legacy that originally began in 1925, when orchard founder Richard Kimmel and his wife Laurine planted their first apple and cherry trees. In a place where there's no shortage of love for agriculture, the orchard has thrived, vastly expanding to eventually grow not only fruit, but also vegetables and many grape varieties. Aside from growing and harvesting crops, the facility also hosts the Kimmel Education and Research Center, which is a staple of the organization that strives to educate and interact with the community.
Backed by more than 85 years of experience, the shoemakers at Stride Rite design and assemble durable, cushy footwear specifically tailored to accommodate the constantly growing soles of babies, toddlers, and kids. They put each piece of footwear from their eponymous brand through a meticulous, three-step test, first scrutinizing fit before allowing real kids to don the shoes for 30–45 days of active play and imaginary-friend wrestling. Then they administer another 30–40 lab tests, striving to secure a snug fit with sturdy materials. To further swaddle tots’ feet in style, Stride Rite compiles a vast array of sneakers, sandals, and dress shoes from renowned brands such as Sperry, Robeez, and Keds.
Family is the inspiration behind many photographs, and family is the reason Ryan and Jessica Lindbeck started Lindbeck Photography 10 years ago. Having taken countless pictures of his own wife and four kids, he wanted to share his talents for photography with others. That's exactly what he's done, having captured classic image of more than 700 individuals, families, and institutions over the years. He's available for portraits and commercial photography, as well as special events, such as charitable functions and family reunions.
The shutterbugs at family-owned J.D. Beyer Photography capture professional shots to memorialize all manner of occasions including family portraits, engagement photos, and senior pictures. Once clients have rock-paper-scissored to determine their favorites, staffers then print traditional images or transform them into mementos such as calendars, greeting cards, and canvas gallery wraps. In addition to snapping wedding photography, the crew also rents out photo booths, complete with funny props such as hats and masks, to enliven receptions.