Swirls of sauce and meticulously placed herbs adorn the outer edges of the platters at Sushi Go Round, epitomizing the chefs' creative leanings. Patrons can play it safe with standard rolls that include cucumber, spicy tuna, and california, or venture into new territory with specialty creations such as the spicy Volcano roll, which, just like a real volcano, erupts with tuna and calamari. Bento boxes pair chicken, salmon, or beef teriyaki with sidekicks of soup, salad, tempura, rice, and a soft drink. Also leaving the kitchen in small plumes of heat is bulgogi, or Korean barbecue beef, served beside a california roll and shrimp and veggie tempura.
"Candid romanticism" is the pet term Jessica Riggle, owner of Sweet Pea Photography, uses for her photojournalistic approach to weddings. Though she saves plenty of time for traditional family photos, Jessica prefers snapping candid images that capture newlyweds at their most genuine. Jessica strikes the same balance between posed and candid pictures during on-location shoots of families and engaged couples or in the studio when taking portraits of newborns.
From under the brim of a ten-gallon hat, the stern face of a rifle-toting man peers out across a table laden with liquor bottles. Despite appearances, this isn’t Wyatt Earp. Rather, he’s the subject of a signature old-time photo taken at The Solvang Photographers and Photo Gallery. Here, modern-day subjects slip easily into the period garb of Southern belles, gun slingers, bar ladies, and outlaw cacti to pose for sepia-toned photographs. Started by Geoffrey T. Grant in 1976 and now helmed by his daughter and her husband, the family-run business welcomes subjects of all ages into its camera’s scope for unique portraits of families, couples, kids, and friends.
Fun Photo Booths' stationary shutterbugs invigorate events by providing curtained retreats for mini photo shoots alongside prop closets that empower each partygoer's innate silliness. For each quartet of stills, the booth dispenses two copies of the photos—one for the party guests and one for event organizers to fax to the mayor for approval. The prop closet bursts at the hinges with exaggerated accessories including masks, oversize sunglasses, and neon feather boas.
MommieRazzi specializes in children's photography, which is also how the company's photographers got their start. While snapping photos of their kids at sports games and other community events, their crisp, colorful images became the envy of other parents, who asked them to take pictures of their own children as well. These requests soon came often enough that MommieRazzi, the company, became a foregone conclusion. With the skills of a pro and the sentimental eye of a mother, the MommieRazzi photographers preserve memories in posed portraits and action shoots at kids' sporting events.