The family photographs that struck a chord in Danielle Carson’s childhood were never studio portraits; instead, she always felt drawn to candid images and the environments that surrounded them. These days—whether inside her studio or outside at nearby apple orchards, churches, or bridges—she patiently waits for such natural moments to unfold, always ready to capture them with her photojournalistic eye. After quickly snapping her shutter for an engaged couple's kiss, a baby's quirky grin, or a high-school senior's confident smile, Danielle retreats to her editing room where she tinkers with color saturation, creating the black-and-white and antique-style shots that have garnered her plenty of degrees, gigs, and awards over the past six years. Subjects can view their images online and select which ones to preserve as wallet-sized prints, bound albums, or newly minted dollar bills for the backyard playground they've just deemed a country.
The owner of Simpatico, which means congenial in Italian, didn’t think the name would stick when it opened in 2009, but it soon came to represent Simpatico’s green mission. By showcasing furniture made with sustainable hardwoods, organic fabrics, and recycled materials, the staff aims to help their customers create healthier living spaces. The eco-friendly offerings range from coffee tables made of reclaimed elm to light fixtures that emit recycled light waves. Simpatico also has a design studio where clients can get professional guidance with furniture selection, as well as custom furniture and renovation services.
Photographic craftsfolk Larry and Wendy Bosely—who have been plying their trade for more than 20 years—brought in associate photographer Bailey Setzler in 2006, creating an artistic triumvirate that offers portrait sessions for seniors, kids, families, and lovebirds. At their Temperance studio, they can arrange both indoor and outdoor areas for posing. They also hit the road and travel to their subjects to document important milestones, from walking down the aisle at a wedding to ripping apart a mortarboard right after graduating from high school.
Rosanna Jacobson fell in love with photography as she held her newborn baby girl for the first time and wished she could capture the moment forever. Rosanna’s dream became a reality when she and Carla Jacobson, her mother-in-law and a lifelong student of photography, founded Photography by Jacobson. The Jacobsons' lively candid portraits of expectant mothers, families, high school seniors, and cabbage patches teeming with babies combine Rosanna’s artistic New York perspective and Carla’s appreciation for the Midwest’s natural beauty. In their professional studio, they use natural light to produce beautiful, true-to-life portraits.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.