Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
Brian Masserman shot his first wedding at 15, armed with a Kodak Instamatic. Though it wracked his nerves to wait a week for his photos to develop, he knew he'd found a calling. A member of the Professional Photographers of America for more than 20 years, he now captures special occasions and intimate moments after consultations in which he tailors his photographic style to his customers’ needs, following his personal mantra: "There is no such thing as a perfect photograph, but there are such things as perfect moments."
During the more than 600 weddings they've photographed, Brian and his two staffers have varied their approach, sometimes snapping candid pictures of revelers and other times relying on a more journalistic feel. His skills stretch to include family portraiture and commercial work, and his senior portraits crackle in black and white, color, or mixtures of the two. After photo-shoots, he employs a keen sense of design to help customers to decide their print style, and even travels to their homes to find a place to hang their prints.
Brian always seeks to develop concrete relationships with customers and has even chronicled the milestones of one client from her bat mitzvah to her wedding day. To share his expertise, he hosts intensive workshops in which he drills students in camera settings, composition, and abbreviated editing techniques. He and his staff believe in the visual power of physical prints and frame and restore photos and love letters written on cheeseburger wrappers. They also print photographic images onto more eclectic material such as canvas, wood, and aluminum.
Settled inside an art gallery heralding myriad international works of art, Danielle Peleg Gallery’s skilled framers draw on more than 33 years of experience to professionally flank canvases with high-end frames. Customers can enlist framing services for treasured family photographs, cherished artwork, or third-place elementary-school spelling-bee certificates in sizes ranging from 16”x20” ($85–$100) to 30”x40” ($250–$350). Trimming technicians suggest frames and mounts to complement styles and customers’ tastes before fitting and framing each piece. The experts also furnish a glass casing as protection from the fingers of barbecue-eating art aficionados.
EmbroidMe personalizes apparel with custom embroidery and screen-printing services. The expert team of garment graffiti artists unifies sports teams, bar crawlers, bridal parties, and workforces with professional, matching T-shirts, hats, and uniforms. Teams can add their logo to a dozen organic-cotton Port & Company T-shirts ($110.88+) or a dozen reversible basketball jerseys ($95.40+) that provide hues for both home and away color-coordination contests. Specialists use up to 10,000 stitches to add a 3"x1" digitized logo to polo shirts available in 21 different colors. With a personalized logo, these polos can help advertise local businesses or organizations, identify bachelor partiers or class reunion-goers, or designate brand-new members of a barbershop quartet.
Photographer Ramiz Romaya has visited art galleries all over the world to find inspiration for his work, but he cites one artist—the 17th-century painter Rembrandt—as his greatest influence. He first encountered Rembrandt's paintings while traveling through Holland and was struck by his use of dramatic lighting. At Ramiz Romaya Rembrandt Photography, he strives to channel a similar style when aiming his lens. Natural light illuminates faces, and silhouettes create a feeling of mystery and passion. Romaya also leaves the comfort of his studio to snap senior photos, weddings, and family portraits, complete with family pets and family secrets.
The "Baby I'm a Star" mini-package makes a sexy, sensational gift for a partner, capturing tasteful, alluring images in a playful, no-nudity way. Michael Sackett personally conducts each session, and will shoot clients in a variety of tasteful postures and poses during the 45-minute session. Clients are allowed two outfit changes during the session—if you opt for the studio setting, don't forget to bring along your most enticing, enthralling, and least pant-suity attire. After the pinup freeze framing, clients will receive a disc with five high-res, fully edited, retouched, and copyright-released images of their choice, as well as two 8x10 prints from the edited files.