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.
A self-proclaimed “T-shirt democracy,” Mother Falcon opens up the floodgates of fashion design, digitally printing t-shirts with customized art, graphics, and text. The staffers invite clients to create their own statements with a process that begins with a blank canvas. Customers can bring their own tops, or browse the shop’s selection of blank T-shirts, many of which hail from brands such as Anvil, Bella, and Next Level. Customers then bring in digital files of their own artwork, photos, haiku, or official SAT score reports. Finished pieces emerge hot from the printer in as little as 24 hours.
Armed with high-quality photo paper and photo-finishing equipment, Harmon Photo's staff transforms digital photos into tangible keepsakes. Memory-card images enter the real world in forms including standard 4"x6" prints, massive 40"x60" canvases, and plush pillows. Conversely, non-digital items—such as photos, drawings, and degrees—hop into a flatbed scanner to enter cyberspace, where they can be resized, restored, and emailed. Upon request, technicians enhance photos by adjusting color and brightness and cropping out cousins who turned out to just be escaped orangutans.
A bride and groom recline on a dock, the white of her gown complementing the pale horizon, which slowly fades into blue. A ballerina stands en pointe in a window, the sun illuminating the delicate tulle of her tutu. A couple sits cross-legged in a library, the leaning books on the shelves mirroring their backs as they lean in to kiss. A newborn sleeps in a nest of textiles, the lace and linen standing out against the baby's smooth skin.
TOV Studio Photography's skilled photographers, each of whom has more than a decade's worth of photo shoots under their belt, understand how to use the everyday world around them?from the sky to the sidewalk?to create images that feel as unique as their subjects. Outdoor shoots use architecture and elements of nature to frame newlyweds, families, and graduating seniors, using the natural light to emphasize the happy glow in a couple's eyes or the pristine white of a bride's not-yet-grass-stained gown. It's not all indoors, though?in the comfortable confines of the studio, photographers create custom backgrounds that bestow a similar, tree-free kind of individuality.