After 13 years of photographing landscapes as a hobby, Darci Amundson attended a pin-up-themed group photography event at an old gas station. From then on, she told examiner.com, she forsook sceneries in favor of human subjects, building a career around boudoir, high school senior, and family portraits. She beautifies clients with professional makeup before setting up sultry pin-up images, frames students at up two locations in up to eight outfits, and captures families at their favorite locales, such as the backyard tree house where the neighborhood model UN meets. Darci combines the spontaneous look of photojournalism with her meticulously planned compositions, lighting, and poses.
When The Comfy K9’s staff of animal behaviorists planned the layout for their luxury dog-boarding lodge, they tried to put themselves in the shoes of their four-legged friends. They thought it might be nice to frolic around a 3,000-square-foot indoor park during six-hour daycare sessions, so they built one and lined it with artificial grass. They also thought it might be nice to play with like-minded pups, so they made sure that it would be easy to separate their guests by size, temperament, and age. This level of careful planning is most evident in the overnight boarding lodge, where dogs bunk down on elevated beds in suit rooms. Each room is separated from the others by a wall of opaque glass blocks, which allow in plenty of light yet spare dogs judgmental looks when they change into pajamas with cats printed on them.
Speaking of cats, they also enjoy comfortable quarters—albeit in a separate area of the building. Owners can schedule appointments for grooming and therapeutic massage during their pets’ visits, or stay on for training sessions conducted by experienced instructors.
Spawlash provides a fully equipped pooch-cleaning zone, with services performed by grooming virtuosos skilled in the art of healthy and effective dog-dousing treatments for dogs of all ages and breeds. Reward a loyal labrador or well-behaved cerberus with a full-service bath and brush ($25–$75, depending on breed), which includes a bath, brush out, nail clipping, ear cleaning, sanitary trim, and, by request, anal-gland expression. Round out the pelt pampering with a thorough de-shedding treatment with a FURminator ($15–$20 depending on coat). For interior dog maintenance, Spawlash's toothbrushing ($10) lends a professional-grade luster to four-legged friends' kibble-coated enamel. The washery's arsenal of detangling tools and environmentally safe cleaning products get canine coats sleek and smooth, allowing tail-waggers to waltz into debutant balls and job interviews with confidence.
Andrea Burgess is an excellent listener. But with her masters of arts in counseling and a bachelor of science in psychology, she is able to do more than just listen. She meets one on one with clients undergoing any number of life transitions, and offers counseling techniques to help deal with loss, anxiety, or major changes. She also can incorporate existential philosophy into the sessions, offering guests a spiritual approach to their mental health.