Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
This week may bring Michael Kors and Bebe, and next week could feature Ann Taylor and Seven, but no matter when someone stops in Eye of the Beholder Consignments, items from high-profile brands can be found on the shelves. Handbags may carry names such as Prada, Coach, and Juicy Couture, and clothing may hail from Talbots, Chico's, and Coldwater Creek. The shop also stocks shoes, business suits, and maternity wear for expectant mothers and dudes who just want to get closer to their children by dressing as a nanny. A portion of proceeds goes to charities such as the Baltimore Humane Society and the American Cancer Society.
Appointments for the executive or student headshot or the family or engagement sessions are available Tuesday–Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. based upon availability.
Specializing in lacrosse equipment, Sports Extra equips athletes with an arsenal of high-quality performance apparel and band-name sporting goods. The Cascade PolyPro women's goggles ($24.99) guard peepers from errant lacrosse balls and robot goalies’ laser beams, and the STX AV8 lacrosse stick ($33.99) assists players with easier catches due to its open-face design. Along with lacrosse gear, Sports Extra carries apparel for all sports, such as shorts decked with cartoon crabs and mesh tank tops with reversible colors ($12) for quickly switching between impromptu basketball games and business meetings.
Darla Photography founder Darla Cisek's 30 years of experience include past shoots with NBC Sports and Macy's, and a three-year streak of Bride's Choice Awards from WeddingWire. Throughout one-hour shoots in a well-appointed studio or at a picturesque location of choice, a digital camera snaps unlimited portraits in both color and black and white, ensuring that visual puns will read with both humans and dogs. While designed for individuals, couples, and families, larger family groups of up to 10 can squeeze behind the lens as the shutterbug orchestrates a host of editorial and fine-art-style shots. Subjects receive a high-resolution, print-ready DVD of all images resulting from their shoot. Then, the snapshots will take up residence on Pictage.com for six months of private access, leaving ample time to decide between decorating the foyer with a wall of wallets or one refrigerator-size print.
Gene Essel of Fotosbygene shoots everything at a high resolution for images sharp in focus and color. The high resolution develops crystal-clear details, and his training allows him to draw out his clients’ personalities and capture their best angles. He achieves that during portrait sessions for families and individuals, active events such as skateboarding, and special events such as weddings.
Maybe it was Bob Cullen's experience taking photographs in Moscow during the Cold War that gives his pictures so much empathy and a strong sense of style. Maybe it’s his knack for narrative as a former reporter for Newsweek. Whatever the case, subjects always seem to look happy and comfortable in front of Cullen’s camera—and he's happy when they're satisfied with the images. He uses this talent to capture people in their own environments, ultimately yielding portraits where subjects of all ages and walks of life say the same thing: “I am me.”