Steven Burchard is used to entertaining an audience—he spent 13 years commanding the stage as a magician. So when he established Magical Memories Entertainment, he already boasted a solid understanding of what keeps crowds captivated. That’s why he and his team provide all the trappings for a memorable bash: DJs and bands; clowns, fortunetellers, and caricaturists; photographers and photo booths; and even arcade and carnival games.
With Flip a Hit’s affordable alternatives to expensive event-videography packages, friends and family members become the creative directors behind big events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, and birthday parties. Days before the event, the company ships out five pocket-sized HD video cameras so the motley film crew can capture behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the bride’s stunt double. Multiple roving cameras catch views that a professional videographer might not, and unique angles that produce a wide range of classic and candid footage. After sending the recordings and equipment back to Flip a Hit, the business’s professional editors refine the raw footage and mail back a highlight reel in addition to the raw footage, all of which can also be hosted online.
Though his studio is stocked with impressive props and backgrounds, certified professional photographer Aaron Pepis abides by an old-school philosophy: treat every subject as a star. He captures stills of families, high-school seniors, actors, and even pets during customized shoots, and travels off-site to meticulously document weddings. His talent for preserving personalities in his images has led to his status as an in-demand lecturer and magazine contributor, both in America and overseas. Additionally, he can restore cherished antique photos that have been damaged or even ripped into multiple pieces.
Whether snapping photos at an event or inside her studio, professional photographer Carmen Celentano takes cues from her subjects to ensure that they are comfortable while being photographed and looking their best in each retouched image. Although she praises black-and-white film for its unparalleled romantic appeal, Carmen also shoots in color to capture the hues of a bridesmaid’s dress or the best man’s traditional tie-dyed tuxedo. In addition to documenting special events, Carmen also teaches beginner photography lessons and snaps shots of models to help build their portfolios at in-studio shoots.
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. The staff 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.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”