Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
Upholders of ancient Roman mosaic techniques since their foundation in 1990, Glass Mosaic Canada?s team of knowledgeable artisans outfits shoppers with mosaic-making supplies while helming hands-on art courses, which are ideal for summer activities, birthday parties, and pupils of all ages. Staffers bustle about the store stocking shelves with a glittering selection of tiles and tesserae imported from across the globe along with handy tools and accessories. Sage instructors employ upward of 10 years of teaching experience to impart their tile-centric prowess upon students during interactive courses and workshops that teach both basic and advanced mosaic applications depending on students' experience levels and any mosaic work done in a previous life. While specializing in all things mosaic, the store?s staff also works with homeowners to create in-home mosaics and stained-glass pieces to beautify domestic planes.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
For nearly five decades, G & K Picture Frame Canada has been protecting keepsakes from the wear and tear of time⎯and they do so in style. With four shops scattered across Ontario, the family-owned business presents its clients with hundreds of custom framing options and combinations. Expert staff members at each location help navigate the oasis of choices, flexing their framing muscles by putting everything from diplomas and sports jerseys to exotic brochures and clothing behind glass. They can also safeguard 3-D objects and bulkier relics, such as guitars and needlepoint creations.
PhotoBooth 2 Go’s trained attendants set up and operate shutter-happy booths at weddings, sporting events, large parties, or awareness gatherings for charitable events, with specific backdrops and props to complement the occasion. Booths arrive ready to snap unlimited photo strips of smiling faces adorned in provided goofy props and accessories, including hats, boas, and invisibility cloaks. After the festivities, hosts can relive them with a flash drive loaded with all of the event's images and a memory book with the guests' handwritten notes interspersed amid the pictures.
The expert framers at Galleria Art & Frame ensconce artwork in custom-made frames, whipping together dust-free glass, acid-free mats, and wood or metal frames. With more than 400 styles to work with, framers can complement diplomas, posters, or first-date phone numbers or provide premade artwork from a prolific gallery of pop art and ornate mirrors. They also stretch canvas, transform photographs into oil paintings, and craft shadow boxes to hold three-dimensional memorabilia.