In 1994, Lance Johnston launched his photography business in a makeshift studio within the garage his parents? house. These days, his studio in Conway still resides in a Johnston-family garage, only this time the 1,200-square-foot space rests on nearly two acres of land that Lance owns himself. During Wednesday and Friday sessions in Conway, Tuesday and Thursday shoots at his Little Rock Studio, and numerous on-location appointments in between, Lance and his top-notch staff busily refine his ?new classic? style by snapping shots of families, high-school seniors, wedding parties, and kids. His clients can capture their favorites in a variety of matted, framed, and canvas portraits. Lance?s eye for preservation-ready moments has earned him 11 Kodak-Gallery awards as well as honors for his children?s photography from the APPA and the Arkansas chapter of the If You Keep Making That Face, It Might Stay That Way Forever Foundation.
Focus Photography's Larry Odom leverages the shutterbug skills gained during years of globe-trotting photography work into personalized portrait sessions. Prepare photogenic faces for a scheduled sitting ($50+ in studio, on location prices vary), allowing Odom to capture the joy of recent births, the infectious energy of graduating students, or the stoic grace of ventriloquist duos. Following shoots, customers can select preassembled packages ($65+) or order their favorite à la carte prints in a variety of offspring-embarrassing sizes, including 4"x6” ($15), 8"x10” ($45), and a mounted 20"x24” ($315). Each photo loses imperfections with included enhancements, burnishing dull tones with color correction and replacing frowning faces with the digitally inserted head of Teddy Roosevelt.
Both books included in today's deal are composed of columns originally published in the newspaper and bound together in an easy-to-reference format. In the Garden by Janet Carson—of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service—aids green thumbs and bumbling garden gnomes in their landscaping efforts, and features common questions and answers from newspaper readers. With Arkansas-specific tips and advice, this easy-to-follow gardening reference will ensure flora flourishes by providing planting pointers for every month of the year.
Jon LeMay and his photographically inclined staff capture the innocence and cuteness of youth with personalized children’s portrait sessions. Whether chronicling an infant’s progression over the first year, or conducting sociological analyses of behavioral shifts in 2-year-olds, parents can carry their bundles of joy to the relaxed, professional studio for each stress-free session. After four separate snapshot sojourns, customers’ discerning peepers can choose the cover art for their keepsake photo box, as well as four prints to store within its heartstring-yanking interior. Groupon-holders should call 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment and ensure their cell phones haven’t been replaced by glazed granola bars.
Winner of WeddingWire’s 2011 Bride’s Choice Award, Ocken Photography is owned by snap-happy siblings Bob, Jen, and Chris Ocken, who combine their 20 years of experience to create striking, natural-looking portraits with artistic eloquence. Snap sessions can be single subject or may include family members, pets, or down-on-their-luck local celebrities, and can be staged in Ocken's comfortable studio or off-site at an indoor, outdoor, or door-manufacturing location of your choice. Once the star-like glare of the flash wears off, clients can choose their favorite shots from a set of web proofs, taking 10 professional 5"x7" artist prints home, where they can then be gifted to family members, friends, and enemies in need of a new dart board.