Melissa Michalczyk strives to see beauty in everything, and throughout six years as a professional photographer, she has worked tirelessly to capture it in its natural habitat. As flashbulbs light up the second-floor studio that New Girl Photography calls home, Melissa coaxes forth her subjects’ inner sirens with friendly chatter and posing pointers during her signature boudoir-photo shoots. A strong believer that every photograph should tell a story, Melissa orchestrates candid shots to artfully tease out meaningful images in portrait session or at special events from weddings to baby’s first recitation of Homer’s The Iliad.
Adorned in furs and pearls, the starlet casts her glance upward toward the sheen of dramatic lighting illuminating her face. Though the picture harkens back to images of movie stars from the 1930s and 40s, it's actually one of The Joseph Gurcsik Studios' homages to old Hollywood-style photography. A nod to the past suits this seasoned photographic institution, which was founded as a go-to studio for school, prom, and family pictures more than 50 years ago by Joseph and Edith Gurcsik. With help from the second generation of Gurcsiks, they’ve since ushered in a number of new specialties, including pregnancy portraits and business headshots. They also snap photos that commemorate first communions and that one day when you made every green light.
For more than 25 years, the film historians and crackerjack editors at Tailor-Made have kept magnetic and cellophane memoirs alive using the latest technologies to teleport fading keepsakes from outdated media into the digital age. Dusty videotapes of old school musicals or rusty 8 mm footage of your grandparents' siege of Plymouth Rock can now been seen with a clarity that didn’t exist in the myopic days of yore. With a vast array of videotape services, up to two hours of footage from VHS, Betamax, 8 mm, analog electroencephalograms, and more can be carefully converted to DVD ($29.95 per tape) for convenient family viewing. Ravaged tapes that have been chewed up and spewed out by rabid VCRs can ascend to digital heaven with Tailor-Made's repair services ($49.95 per tape). The filmic transformers can also convert film reels and lucid dreams into digitally tangible states.
Digital expert Anthony McCall transmutes deteriorating VHS tapes and other obsolete media onto long-lasting archival DVDs. Customers bring in up to 120 minutes of recorded tennis matches or raw footage of picnicking grizzlies on a single VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8 tape, MiniDV, or MiniDVD. Chapters are inserted automatically, making it easier to impress dates with marathon finish-line footage without having to fast-forward through grade-school shot-for-shot remakes of The Seventh Seal.
Creative Photography by Maya's staff of professional shutterbugs will happily accommodate families, children, families of children, pets, and triumphantly posed statues during the in-studio photo session. The fully equipped studio provides several backgrounds from which to choose. The classic white can be used for a quick passport photo before the entire fam poses for a heartwarming family scene around the Christmas tree in the Christmas Morning backdrop. Likewise, graduates, high-school seniors, newlyweds, and soonlyweds can beam sunnily before a Garden View, Perfect Sky, or slightly less popular Ragnarök backdrop. There are even huge plastic crayons and other foreground props for your giant pet scorpion to wave around as the cameras flash. After your session, you'll receive a DVD containing full-resolution versions of all photos and a photo-release form enabling you to print, publish, and share them.