Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Roseann Wilson, owner of Fabric Rows Design House, fills her store with designer fabric from Waverly, Laura Ashley, and Ralph Lauren available at wholesale prices. After a lamp-design consultation ($45), store designers devise custom table or floor lamps from clients' vases, pottery, glassware, and spun sugar busts of Mary Tyler Moore. Lighting wizards can also update an antique or vintage lamp ($18), replace a broken socket ($18), or perform a complete rewiring ($26.99). In addition, clients may opt to have couches and chairs reupholstered with store fabric available by the yard or a velvet tracksuit torn from a defeated rival. Soft lighting brightens the intimate store space, and a gallery of past work adorns the walls for crafty customers to peruse for inspiration.
Southern Images Photography's professional lens pointers snap carefully composed portraits for families, high-school seniors, and special occasions. The luminous smiles of up to 10 family members—including pets—rival flash bulbs as clicking shutters measure time during relaxed, one-hour studio sessions. After the session, subjects can select their preferred pose for a slight retouching treatment that softens lines around the eyes, removes facial blemishes, and erases embarrassing thought bubbles. The photographer immortalizes the finished image on a compact disc, which subjects can take home along with a three-unit package of prints to distribute liberally among relatives and former high-school crushes. For an additional $50, Groupon customers can upgrade to a location shoot.
Action Video Service's tech-savvy team assists patrons and Fortune 500 companies alike with video and audio duplication, transfer, and design. When they're not duplicating DVDs and CDs, technicians convert a range of film and photo types—from Betamax and VHS to 16-millimeter and Super 8 movies—into DVDs. They also compile videos and photos into music-accompanied slideshows, digitize 35-millimeter film slides for CD use, encode videos into streamable files, and create MP3s from cassettes, vinyl records, and the sorcerous spirits that bellow out of phonographs. Along with their transferring and assembling skills, Action Video Service's award-winning crew harnesses their video-production and editing know-how to help corporations and legal firms shape video projects and commercials.
At Minuteman Press Richardson, skilled printers and signmakers construct a wide range of products according to their clients' designs, from customized business cards and bound catalogs to wedding invitations and personal stationery. The staff also provide basic printing and copying services.