With more than 25 years of experience in Europe and the United States, former fashion photographer Gregory Gittsovich has spent the last quarter century making his subjects look their best. Things are no different at Accent Photography, where he photographs seniors with their favorite instruments or athletic gear, babies with fun props such as balloons, or pet dogs with the only mailmen they've ever liked. During both in-studio and on-location sessions, Gregory never forces his patrons into uncomfortable positions; rather, he lets them strike their preferred poses and only makes suggestions if necessary. Afterward, he retouches each client's favorite images to ensure that prints or digital images feature smooth complexions and rich color.
Along with his smaller-scale shoots, Gregory and the Accent Photography team cover bar and bat mitzvahs, where they snap unlimited photographs at unlimited locations for families to choose from. He offers similarly extensive coverage at weddings, which he captures with a custom blend of traditional portraiture, photojournalistic technique, and candid images.
At more than 68 current or soon to be open Sky Zone locations across the country, bouncers of all ages revel in gravity-defying flips and twists. Mammoth floor-to-wall trampolines cover the gyms, creating endless possibilities for bounding antics. Pits piled high with foam blocks allow for soft landings after springing from trampolines into sky-high aerobatic tumbles and tricks, whereas bouncy courts equipped with basketball hoops elicit soaring slam-dunk contests. Visitors also burn up to 1,000 calories per hour during trampoline-based SkyFitness classes that focus on the calisthenics and muscle-toning aerobics created by kangaroos. Other inventive activities on the courts include games of dodge ball. Each clean and safe facility provides excitement for the entire family and can also host birthdays and group celebrations.
At CL!X Portrait Studios, photographers can capture well-posed shots of siblings in matching sweaters or click away at kids in their natural state of play, whether they are giggling in a frilly tutu or banging on a set of pots and pans. The studio’s array of portraiture styles reflects its founders’ goals: Sandy and Michael Pawlyszyn started CL!X after searching fruitlessly for a user-friendly way to document their own kids’ childhoods. Now, their team of photographers snaps youthful smiles in the studio as well as on site in the community, helming shoots at local schools, dance studios, and sports games. Their subjects need not be children, though—they can craft portraits of entire families, moms-to-be, and high-school seniors before they graduate and cycle back to preschool. The crew also takes photographic fun on the road via photo-booth rentals, which let partiers create their own lasting memories at special events.
For Andy and Rachel Lee of Art and Frame World, their framing projects don't end at two-dimensional objects. Photos surround a folded American flag to depict a beloved family member in his military years. A commemorative Minnesota Twins jersey hangs with sleeves folded to show off its decorative patches. A Stratocaster guitar, signed by Jon Bon Jovi and his band, floats on mounts next to a gold record and a ruby-encrusted 8-track tape. This attention to detail is also apparent in the business's traditional frame jobs, which ensconce photographs in intricate patterns. Conservation items such as acid-free matting and UV-protective glass ensure that prized artwork is kept safe from the elements.
Starting from scratch each day, Marna’s Catering’s head chef Rolando Diaz imbues each of his dishes with the culinary prowess he inherited while working at the family restaurant in his native Costa Rica. Featured in local publications such as Metromix and Maple Grove Magazine, Chef Diaz whips up zesty Caribbean dishes in equal measure with American-style comfort foods, serving seafood ceviche and fried plantains alongside chicken wings and cobb salads. Along with authentic Costa Rican entrees such as chifrijo and jerk chicken gallo pinto, Chef Diaz's specialties include the "Front Burger"—a lean-beef patty cooked with smoky chipotle peppers and topped with adobo spices, provolone, crisp bacon, grilled onions, pineapple and a tangy secret sauce whose recipe is as classified as the president's iPod playlist.