For lmj originals owner and photographer Lisa, the best part of photography is finding an unassuming corner of the world that becomes something beautiful when committed to film. Each day, she sets out to take transformative photos, revealing her subjects' intrinsic beauty or light allergies during in-studio or on-location shoots. Lisa's natural approach sets clients at ease and helps her capture candid poses during family portraits, carefree moments at weddings, and evocative pinups during boudoir shoots.
Castle Building & Remodeling, one of Remodeling magazine’s Big 50 of 2011, hosts a team of professional designers and builders who overhaul interiors with historically inspired concepts. Two design-selection studios display the custom craftsmanship, showcasing a 1940s–style kitchen with cherry cabinets and a 1910s–style bathroom with hex tile flooring and a sink full of Teddy Roosevelt's mustache trimmings.
The remodelers create a mockup of each project using 3-D CAD software, noting any desired changes before installation. They realize projects with the help of artisanal manufacturers such as Clay Squared, whose artists craft custom ceramic tiles using time-honored methods.
Certified home stager Jan Barnes knows how to change a person's perspective. When she meets with a client preparing to sell a house, one of the first things she does is ask them to step into the shoes of someone investing in a home. Then a walk through of the interior and exterior brings out the important questions that will make the most difference: What furniture would a buyer want to see? Which color palette? How should it all be arranged? Asking those questions is what helps her achieve results for the client: in her experience, her company's designs have seen homes sell for up to 10% more money and in half the time as comparable non-staged homes.
When bringing a staging design to life, Jan's team often rents furniture and decor accents, making things easier for current owners who may have already moved or whose furniture doesn't match the new layout. Beyond staging, Jan and her team are also interior designers, helping families make their own homes more livable and rekindling the way they felt when they first moved in or microwaved their first burrito there.
What if a zombie apocalypse ravaged the 1950s? That's the question that sparked Matt Berri's “When Pinups Attack,” a narrative series that combines his eye for striking compositions with his offbeat sense of humor. Those same elements pervade Matt's modern and retro pinup and portrait photography, which have been his specialties over a decade-long career. Rather than snap straightforward shots, Matt prefers images that playfully encompass each client's personality, whether they're relaxing in bed with a glass of wine or messily flinging paint onto a white backdrop.
In the midst of an industry so saturated in emerging technology that fierce competition is law, the Twin Cities Photography Group operates as a cooperative to nurture the artistic development and technical skills of amateur and professional photographers. To expand the photographic community and foster a passion for creativity, the group keeps a clean studio space for picture snappers to host shoots and workshops.
Skilled instructors educate the public on basic photography fundamentals and camera-specific tips that allow students to get the most from advanced equipment without threatening to cut its weekly allowance. Regular meet ups assemble members for photo walks at area parks and photogenic seasonal events, such as air shows and free outdoor concerts.