At KidzPix USA’s photography studio, founder Margaret Saffold captures youngsters at their cutest, outfitting them with a massive selection of props and themed costumes ranging from basketball players to fairy princesses. With the help of her husband Andre Saffold, Margaret builds a fun atmosphere for kids and parents, who can relax and enjoy refreshments during the shoot. After the shoot, customers can make an appointment at the studio to see their photos, which they can choose to preserve as canvas prints, enlarged prints, or key rings.
As a young girl, Beth Wickham never had to fight the other children for dolls; she only had eyes for the camera. Today she lives out her lifelong passion for photography by capturing clients during many of their biggest moments, such as weddings, baby’s first step, or Grandma’s first handstand. After her shoots, she professionally edits photos, making them gallery ready by reducing redeye and softening any unwanted blemishes.
Classic Boudoir Photography's seasoned image preservationist Ella Diumea captures clients from alluring angles and immortalizes provocative poses during private, professional shoots. Customers can scour their wardrobe for their favorite lingerie, corset, or sexy shark costume before scheming up ideas in an initial personal-consultation session with the photographer for some phototherapy. Sip on complimentary champagne in the intimate household studio before masquerading for 30 minutes of flashing lights while the experienced boudoir artist directs and demonstrates poses that best flatter figures. After the shoot, clients can peruse a private, password-protected online gallery to pick out their five favored photos. Customers receive five digitally retouched images in digital format with printable resolution within the following three weeks, which they can print at their leisure to distribute to friends or significant others as Christmas, Valentine's Day, or everyday gifts or to spice up the rare uneventful Arbor Day. Classic Boudoir Photography printing costs an additional fee based on different printing options.
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Hand-knit blankets and bronze sculptures of knitted blankets, snuggly nestled in packing peanuts ($4.99–$5.99/cubicle foot) or wrapped with bubble wrap ($5.99/50 ft.), fit comfortably inside a 12"x12"x12" cardboard box ($3.99–$6.49). Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best, using one of the full range of UPS shipping options, including next-day air, ground, and international shipping. Shipping and packaging costs vary by location.
The Mission Galleria Cafe & Hideaway serves savory sandwiches, soups, and salads from its post at Mission Galleria Antique Mall, nestled in downtown Riverside. Classic appetizers such as hot wings and jalapeño poppers give way to café food including a barbecue-chicken salad and a BLT or french dip sandwich. Sweet desserts such as lemon bars, brownies, and slices of blackout cake punctuate meals, reminding guests of a home-cooked meal without having to dance for their food like in their real homes. Evening-time guests can also enjoy a drink of beer or wine, served at the café counter.
Melanie Ramiro's work isn't all about airbrushed Hollywood glamour. "I probably find more beauty in the primal nature of things than in an artificially created façade," she explained to Steve Robles, a former coworker. This devotion to realness is evident in the work she's done with women from all walks of life—including single moms, married women, and breast cancer survivors. No matter the clientele, Melanie caters her shoot to individual visions, be they sweet—filled with softly lit, high angle shots of women in classic pinup poses or tangled in sheets—or sultry, featuring darker lighting, higher contrast, and a larger dose of femme fatale. "I like my work to tease and tempt but never give it all away," she says, and her work achieves this through the use of plain backdrops, minimal props, keeping the focus solely on her subjects. As a former dancer and acrobat, Melanie's eye is naturally drawn to interesting lines and flattering poses, a skill that helps women of all shapes and sizes feel comfortable in front of the camera. "I want my images to be show-stoppers," she exclaims, "I want people to be breathless for a moment when they first see them. I want a strong reaction."