Young siblings playing with balloons in the park. A toddler exploring a pumpkin patch. A doting couple smooching on a carousel. Katie Fair prefers to conduct her photo sessions at locations where her subjects—including newborns, expectant moms, families, and couples—feel most at ease. Her sessions take her throughout northern Pennsylvania, where she relies on natural light to illuminate each posed and candid picture. When she isn't working outdoors, Katie heads inside for sultry boudoir shoots that, like her other sessions, can yield color or black-and-white images.
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.
The technicians at Rewind Memories perform all of their digitization services in-house, ensuring that a qualified expert is always operating the advanced equipment involved in each job. They use high-resolution scanners and digital image-correction and enhancement (ICE) technology to preserve photos and negatives, and they convert the following formats into accessible, long-lasting DVDs: VHS, VHS-C, Mini-DV, Digital8, BetaMAX, Hi8, and 8mm, 16mm, and Super8 film. They also create music-filled slideshows for weddings and other events, and they restore old photographs by removing scratches and dust. Because each job can take several weeks to complete, the company sends email updates.
Rewind Memories provides other valuable services, too. The crew offers hands-on tutorials on how to edit tapes or modify images with photo software, and CEO and president Adam Kunes also directs The Call to Serve, a nonprofit organization that helps college-aged adults discover the power of public service.
With interactive workshops offered six days a week, live demonstrations by internationally celebrated glass artists, and striking glass sculpture gallery displays, Pittsburgh Glass Center is a haven for lovers of this fragile art form. Individual membership to the center includes access to studio rental and equipment, and a 10% discount on all classes for members and one friend or frenemy. Classes range from the beginner-friendly Precious Pendants workshop, where students create their own wearable art ($75), to the advanced four-week Hot Incalmo course, in which glassmiths fuse multicolored bubbles to create awe-inspiring art pieces or beautiful, sentient ham radios ($285). Member perks also include special invites and additional savings for special events such as the Gardens of Glass studio sale, where local artists showcase and sell their colorful crystalline designs. Family memberships bestow these privileges on two adults and include invites to family-friendly events.