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.
Boasting a client base that includes Larry King and Maria Sharapova, Clay Blackmore and Co.’s seasoned shutterbugs afford subjects celebrity-style treatment in each studio session. Kinsfolk gather for an in-studio shoot during which a versatile photographer will foster natural poses and candid smiles. Once tender moments have been sentenced to a two-dimensional prison for eternity, clients select a winning image to be artfully printed onto 100 custom holiday cards and disseminated across the globe in included envelopes or plastered on teenagers' lockers.
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.
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.