After the birth of her first child, Maria Kersten-Hakeem began snapping photos as a way to capture each moment. She continued this tradition with her next two children, and now shares her talent with others as a self-taught photographer. During photo sessions for couples, families, and moms-to-be, Maria strives to bring resonance to each image—turning the flicker of a baby’s smile or a bride and groom’s first kiss into a lifelong memory.
As a stay-at-home mom of two daughters Michelle Dickinson spends lots of time chronicling their childhood from behind her camera. For Michelle Dickinson Photography, she channels that same motherly affection as she snaps pictures of newborns, toddlers, and older children sleeping and at play. Conducted outdoors or at her client's homes, Michelle's sessions also accommodate engaged couples and families. After their shoot, her subjects can keep their favorite images as digital proofs, custom cards, or prints and gallery-wrapped canvases up to 16"x20" in size.
Friends Nathan Brown and Javonni Gayden are living examples of how two heads are better than one. The duo pooled their respective skills—Brown is more technology-savvy while Gayden is the creative one—to form Brown and Gayden Productions. The photographers specialize in photography and videography for large-scale events such as weddings and graduations. They also offer postproduction services such as professional-quality video editing.
Jose Becerra’s camera seeks out the best angles, the right focus, and the correct lighting to capture memories for his clients. By changing his shooting style to fit his subjects and the situation, Becerra can offer them a range of photographs from posed quinceañera portraits to a photojournalistic take on a beachfront wedding. He also offers services, which extend beyond the shoot to include digital albums, video services, and photo-booth rentals that supply guests with instant keepsakes that are not stolen silverware.
Although the props and costumes are different, the partiers in My Photobooth Rental’s booths all have one thing in common: huge smiles. My Photobooth Rental customizes their booths to each occasion, with personalized photo designs for any event. A professional attendant sets up the booth, which snaps unlimited shots viewable in dual HD monitors. Templates print out in color or black and white, allowing guests to take home a party favor or canvas them all over a local curmudgeon’s lawn.
The Mission Galleria Cafe & Hideaway serves savory sandwiches, soups, and salads from its post at Mission Galleria Antique Mall, nestled in downtown Riverside. Classic appetizers such as hot wings and jalapeño poppers give way to café food including a barbecue-chicken salad and a BLT or french dip sandwich. Sweet desserts such as lemon bars, brownies, and slices of blackout cake punctuate meals, reminding guests of a home-cooked meal without having to dance for their food like in their real homes. Evening-time guests can also enjoy a drink of beer or wine, served at the café counter.
Reza and his team at U.S. Printing can customize products to fit inside a customer’s wallet or on a customer’s wall. They can take their clients' personal logo, or design one for them, and then transfer that media onto a variety of mediums that range from bookmarks and flyers to promotional bags, water bottles, key chains, and letterhead. Other printing products include CD and DVD inserts, envelopes, catalogs, and calendars.