Pittsburgh Custom Darkroom's still-life specialists use digital technology to save vintage photographs that have been stained, spotted, torn, faded, cracked, and bleached. Picture fixers first consult with patrons to determine a restoration estimate and their favorite Civil War general. Snapshots return to their former glory with light (approximately $75–$100), medium (approximately $100–$150), medium/heavy (approximately $150–$200), and heavy (approximately $200–$300) restorations. During the process, a professional scans the image and produces up to an 8"x10" archival print (larger prints incur an additional cost), thus saving treasured memories of family vacations or alien abductions.
Operating out of a rehabbed '50s diner, photographer Joseph Balena carries out in-studio and on-location photo shoots that boil over with authenticity. His signature style of lensmanship results in prints that feel as if they were ripped from a fashion magazine. For parties that don't require a photog with legs or human emotions, Balena and his team cart their digital photo booth throughout the Pittsburgh metro area. The hyper-fast booth injects snap-shooting fun into fetes with onsite prints, props, and vampire-sensitive film.
Okello Dunkley designs his workshops for students who have just bought or are thinking of buying a DLSR camera but are mystified by its myriad gadgets and gizmos. The accessible nature of these classes has helped Dunkley spread them into nearly a dozen locations across the Midwest and east coast, where students as young as 12 learn how to take a digital camera off automatic mode and manually manipulate ISO light sensors and aperture openings. More advanced classes delve into working with difficult light?such as cloudy weather or days when the sun is set on strobe light?and others explore how to navigate computer software for photo manipulation.
After honing a style rich with photojournalistic perspectives and romantic flair, Maria Palermo founded Palermo Photo to dedicate her talents to the memories of others. Whether creating portraits to build a modeling portfolio, memorializing an engagement with a couples' shoot, or capturing a bride as she tearfully walks audiences through a PowerPoint presentation of her vows, Maria ensures her images are magazine-worthy. In fact, so many have recognized her talent that she earned Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice Award in 2012, The Knot's Best of Weddings Award in 2012 and 2013, and one of Pittsburgh's "50 Finest" by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Palermo Photo's success lies in the details. Maria composes each shot to accentuate the moment and capture her subjects' personalities through fashion-inspired poses that remain as natural and graceful as a weeping willow's runway debut.