With a showroom full of materials and an impressive body of work that hangs in buildings such as the Trump Tower, Creative Edge helps clients turn bare walls into conversation pieces. Each Creative Edge consultant brings at least 10 years of professional experience to projects, ensuring that every frame perfectly complements its portrait, landscape, or recursive picture of picture frames. These experts also handle 3-D projects, creating shadowbox showpieces for items such as plates, sports memorabilia, medals, and dried flowers. Before settling on a design, clients can peruse the showroom to get creative juices flowing. The showroom offers samples of more than 3,000 different mouldings made from materials that range from classic solid woods to reclaimed roofing supplies, and the gallery features fine-art lithographs, giclées, and original multimedia pieces.
In the company of his studio's resident cat, Vegas Alien’s photographer Jim Warren draws on a background in fine art and commercial shutter-snappery, giving portraits, modeling-portfolio shots, engagement pictures, and graduation photos a sleek, polished sheen. Up to two people can fan their tail feathers for a one-hour photo session in the Vegas Alien studio or at a preferred off-site setting within a 40-mile radius, be it a family home or a low-flying moon. Jim is particularly practiced at boudoir photography, creating sensual images that give your life's bunkmate a much more stimulating picture book to read before bed than Curious George Renews His License at the DMV. He can also pose subjects with beloved cars, motorcycles, and pets.
Carter Kustera's hand-painted works of art have been exhibited internationally as a part of U2's PopMart Tour and the national branding for Barneys CO-OP and Jonathan Adler stores. Carter Kustera's requirements ask that customers send an image of the person, pet, or perfectly portioned deli sandwich to undergo artistic apotheosis as a minimalistic outline emblazoned in black, red, light blue, light pink, kelly green, or lavender. Each individualized portrait is ensnared within the permeable pores of hot-press paper with gouache brushstrokes, a more opaque form of watercolor that appears richer and more reflective than other diluted dyes. Customize your silhouetted self-image with your choice of caption to verbally embody your personality or confuse viewers by epitomizing someone else's.
KHB Photography is comprised of three seasoned and passionate photographers, each with their own unique skill set and area of expertise. Founder Kristin H. Bodnar photographs families and couples, taking great pride in her ability to keep the atmosphere at her shoots lively and fun. Mandie Lousier excels at wedding and engagement photo shoots, where she uses romantic lighting to create whimsical images. And Kristin Phillips is the staff lifestyle photographer—a pro at snapping up candid and authentic moments of families in their natural environments.
Photographer Grace Trudeau was a full-time model before she picked up her first Nikon DSLR. Drawing upon her experience on both sides of the lens, Grace gives clients posing ideas and shows them her images as she shoots so they can see how they look. During each session, she wields two Nikon DSLR cameras and a trio of lenses , whether she’s working under the soft lights of her home studio or on-location on a farm, at the beach, or in the woods. At the end of each session, Grace custom-edits images, enhancing colors or injecting textures to add depth. Next, she prints out the resulting images onto canvas prints, statuettes, holiday cards, and accordion books; or transfers them onto iPhone cases, mouse pads, and shirts.
When she’s not shooting and editing, Grace is donating her time to various charities and mentoring beginning photographers. At her studio she teaches them about DSLR camera settings, the basics of shooting, and how not to smear peanut butter on your lenses. She then leads them through a real photo-shoot; and invites them to edit their photos alongside her while she gives advice.
At Chapmans’ Frame & Gallery, archival experts wield 18 years of experience to snugly fit photos into custom frames, and an assortment of artwork and accessories awaits to adorn bare walls, alcoves, and limbs. Patrons can shorten holiday shopping lists with a variety of small gift items. Small prints or handmade earrings stuff stockings with artistic style, and easels proudly display shoppers' masterpieces or still-lifes that double as impeccably detailed grocery lists. Pulling from a large selection of customized wood and matting ($50—$200), Chapmans’ framing fanatics preserve beloved photos or precious works or art, creating custom pieces that may be as simple or as opulent as the customer deems fit. Staff border an 11"x14" print with a two-inch double mat, a black wood frame, glass, backing, and finish ($100) before returning it ready for display above a mantel or inside the refrigerator.