The accomplished interior designers and artisans at Kirkland Design & Painting Company impart their expertise in small, casual classes that suit all levels of expertise, from homebuilders to homemakers. Unlike carpentry classes taught by philosophy professors, Kirkland's sessions emphasize practical methods that can be effectively assimilated in the span of the three-hour evening and weekend classes. The Granicrete/Aurastone system taught in DIY floors and DIY countertops workshops overlays existing surfaces, and the simple plaster techniques related in faux-finishing workshops enable students to create multilayered dimensional finishes and retouch their fading stone gargoyles. The DIY Create Your Own Art on Canvas workshop focuses on the art of achieving luxury finishes and the science of selecting socially acceptable wine boxes.
Despite having more than 10 years of experience and 1,200 photographed locations under their shared belt, Alex Studio's ten photography teams continue framing subjects from early in the morning to late at night. They capture lasting images of families, children, and engaged couples at on-location shoots around Puget Sound or sessions held in one of two studios. Their wedding work often takes them worldwide, with pending RSVPs including ceremonies in Hong Kong and Japan. Retouched nuptial shots can be assembled into a custom album made entirely in-house, and clients can also collect their favorite images as retouched digital files stored on DVDs or a set of 50 Commodore 64s.
A collaboration between a fine-art photography studio and a pinup-style salon, Seattle Boudoir Photography creates a fun and professional environment for their sultry photo shoots. In preparation for the sessions, a team member guides clients through wardrobe selection and a variety of creative themes. Available packages include "The Shades", inspired by the hit erotic fiction trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, which centers around a 45-minute shoot that begins in a light-flooded loft space or on a private rooftop deck, then ends on the studio’s private Red Room set. Regardless of which package they choose, customers are pampered by the onsite salon staff that helps customers channel these different looks and personalities with professional makeup applications, along with a stylist that stands by for consultation on poses and how to use hair mousse to make chocolate mousse.
David, the resident shutterbug at Careylynne Event Planning & Photography, has snapped thousands of pictures, capturing everything from an infant’s first smile to the loving embrace of a couple celebrating 60 years of marriage. With a resume listing a degree from the New York Institute of Arts and nearly 20 years of experience in the field, David is no stranger to the ins-and-outs of professional photography. He fortifies wedding, engagement, and family shoots with proper lighting and backgrounds to yield images that are natural and mantle-ready.
Photography is just one aspect of the business, though. With an event-planning team boasting more than 15 years of experience, Careylynne also helps party hosts and brides-to-be riffle through all of the nitty-gritty details necessary to make their big event a success. From coming up with a unifying theme to solving last minute budget issues, the staffers are there to ensure everything runs smoothly so party-givers can relax with family, friends, or stuffed animal attendees without stress.
At Clear Image Darkroom, professional visual artists assist with customer projects by restoring, printing, and archiving their images. Presentation is no problem with an onsite custom framing shop and giclée printing, and the photo lab makes scanning, file conversion, and laminating possible as well. To preserve memories trapped on outdated mediums such as VHS, the technicians transfer the content of old tapes to DVDs.