That ?et cetera? in the name of Image Arts Etc. encompasses a lot. Here, staffers help clients preserve their visual memories in a host of ways, from snapping photos on-location and in the studio, to furnishing frames for cherished images. But the services don?t end there. On-staff technicians also transfer photos and video from older formats to new ones, and they can use restoration, graphic design, and multimedia editing skills to polish existing pictures and films. Some customers even elect to rent the entire Image Arts studio, where a selection of backdrops, props, and basic photography gear await for amateur photographers who want to orchestrate their own shoot. Customers can elect to bring in their own props for use in the photo studio, where green screen photography and videos are also available.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Portrait Innovations operates digital-imaging studios throughout the country that use advanced technology to capture and print family memories in about 60–90 minutes. Before the shoot, adults can browse the open studio space's selection of different poses, props, and backgrounds while children entertain themselves at a Lego table and beg invisible friends to make an appearance for the camera. Photographers use handheld digital cameras to memorialize smiles during the session, utilizing the studio's lighting system to enhance candid images. Patrons then view and select their favorite poses, adding special effects to design and create personalized gifts such as portrait books, calendars, canvases, and mugs. The team prints the high-resolution portraits on archival-quality paper with a high-capacity Fujifilm Digital Frontier system, and ships specialty gift items to clients' homes for free.
Film students represent a distinct sector of the undergrad community, one characterized by abundant creativity and an intense professional drive. That’s why KSET Studios LLC staffs film students to produce its marketing videos for individuals and businesses. With the studio’s stock of modern equipment, the staff captures footage to create web videos, instructional videos, video résumés, and many other multimedia projects.
ARS Video goes back 25 years, and three generations of its founding family have overseen the company’s growth. What started in 1987 with a room-sized machine continues today on desktop computers: the staff transfers VHS or Hi8 footage, slides, pictures, and 8mm and 16mm film to DVDs. They also transfer audiocassettes and reel-to-reel audio to CDs or recover video from hard drives, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Beyond working with long-ago recorded images, the ARS team ventures out to perform videography and editing services for bat mitzvahs and bar mitzvahs, weddings, and TV pilots—the ones who sit in a TV’s cockpit.
Using archival-quality materials, Fotobet incorporates artfully captured photographs and user-submitted images to forge personalized prints and greeting cards that make for one-of-a-kind wedding presents, home decorations, and gifts. Customers choose from an arsenal of striking snapshots that symbolize each letter of a special name, word, or Scrabble rack. For instance, they can select an image of the Brooklyn Bridge's gothic arches to represent the letter M, a carriage wheel to stand in for O, or a mediocre report card to symbolize C. The photographed letters—which are all original shots taken in New York City—can be left in color, tinted in sepia tone, or rendered in black and white.
Customers can choose from more than 13,000 custom-cut frame and mat combinations to create an original Fotobet picture. They can also opt for the smaller-scale Fotobet Jr. to decorate a cozy space or kids' rooms, or go with a Fotobet Mini, which mounts selected images on 8"x10" or 4"x10" blocks of beveled wood.:m]]
Featured by Metromix, Odyssey Printwear earns their praise by outfitting kids, adults, and pets with festive guises and screen-printed apparel. The 5,000-square-foot emporium’s Halloween section stocks getups ($15–$250) that let parents dress infants as pea pods, transform little girls into Snow White, and teach adolescents about the importance of cake sharing with Marie Antoinette duds. Adult revelers don pointed hats and vampiric wigs ($10–$35) or acquiesce to their dog's demands to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.