Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
The tech experts at Flicko's Video Services usher the sights and sounds of outdated media into the digital age. They have worked with film dating back to the 1920s, adjusting its exposures and color levels until it was perfect to display with a DVD player. Their expertise extends to dozens of different audio and video formats, including 8-millimeter film, cassette tapes, and VHS. They can also edit videos to add special effects, smooth transitions, and Bigfoot. Aside from the aforementioned AV formats, the digitizers transform photos, slides, and negatives into digital slideshows complete with music.
Guided by more than 25 years of experience in technological wizardry, Creative Photo Video Inc.'s trained preservationists transform analog movies and photographs into a modern digital format. Beloved tunes held captive on outdated tapes find a new home on CDs, and Home Movie Film, Video Tapes, Slides and Photos are transferred to shiny new DVDs or External Hard Drive, a durable and long-lasting medium that can be played back on any number of dedicated players, computers, game consoles, or Internet–enabled gramophones. The skilled technicians also helm wedding-video productions complete with photo montages and recaps, which have thrilled countless couples and have found their way onto the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Since first getting inked in 1956, Oklahoma Today has chronicled the social, cultural, geographical, and Okie-ological goings-on of the 46th state to enter the union. A [two-year subscription] (http://www.oklahomatoday.com/site/subscriptions/newsubscription.aspx) to the magazine, published through the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, plugs you into Oklahoma through six bi-monthly issues—12 issues in total over the course of two years—full of incisive articles, colorful photographs, and apolitical reporting. The current issue, for example, features the sprawling landscape of Osage County, the Greenleaf State Park campsites, a bed and breakfast in Talihina, and the music scene in Tahlequah. Past issues have highlighted vacation getaways, Oklahoma-born musicians such as Vince Gill and Garth Brooks, and some of the state's best restaurants. Oklahoma Today is also the founder of the Oklahoman of the Year award and was the publisher of the acclaimed Official Record of the Oklahoma City Bombing.