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.
For nearly a decade, the technicians at Fodeo have preserved grainy videos, film, slides, and photos from the effects of wear and age by transferring them onto more dependable and accessible digital formats. On a daily basis, celluloid formats spend their days aging inside drawers and on shelves, where they can fall victim to such hazards as water, dust, and snack time. Technicians work in-house to rescue captured images, ensuring treasured footage remains safe and in one place during its transformation.
In addition to preserving images, Fodeo has developed innovative methods for displaying them as well. Fraimz–durable adhesive photo frames that can stick on multiple suface types without causing damage to either the photo or surface–is the result of their nearly four years of research and development.
The creative team of framers and decorators at Foursided stocks stacks of creative greeting cards and paraphernalia. The self-described "frame nerds" do more than cultivate a collection of stationery by planting paper seeds in nearby printing presses; they also place prints and objects into frames and furnish homes with original pieces by a handful of favored artists. Staffers also buy and sell vintage flash cards, puzzle pieces, and letter tiles harvested from a variety of objects.
Owner Todd Mack has worked in framing for 20 years, and he draws on his vast experience when custom mounting a broad spectrum of pieces. Vintage and recycled frames, archival framing, and shadow boxes are a few of the options available. Mack's interest in shadow boxes makes perfect sense to visitors who take a look at his own art, which assembles found photos and objects in forms that aren't always 2-D.
On HGTV's Urban Oasis, interior designer Vern Yip ornamented a luxury apartment with prints gathered from Foursided's expansive collection. In that collection, colorful shelves of letter blocks, maps, corks, baby-doll heads, and harmonicas turn personal, nostalgic objects into stylish new decorations. Candles, jewelry, and books round out the gift selections.
Lake View Art Supply's staff of enthusiastic artists channels knowledge accumulated over 20 years in business and a passion for creation to direct patrons toward the ideal aesthetic tools. The shop was founded when the owners began discussing the inconvenience of going downtown to obtain art supplies and the dangers of carrying red paint past bovine crossing guards. Goods from brands including Louvre and Liquitex parade along gleefully crowded shelves, and a variety of easels, watercolors, and sketching supplies brings up the rear. Shop services have expanded over the years to include custom framing, information about local art classes, and guidance as to which Three Stooges film is making the Mona Lisa smile. Proud parents of paintings unveil works alongside pieces from other local artists inside the Lake View Art Supply gallery.
At Art de Triumph, local artist Nancie King Mertz showcases her original paintings and pastels and outfits clients' masterpieces in custom frames. Much like the courtroom artist at Rod Blagojevich's trial, Mertz often draws inspiration from iconic Chicagoan figures, rendering portraits including The Bean (also known as Cloud Gate) and the Wrigley Building. The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau named Mertz the Artist of the Year from 2005 through 2007, acknowledging her expertise with watercolor, oil, and pastel. In addition to ready-wear wall art, Art de Triumph deals in custom frames, helping clients select and customize matting and framing for photos, posters, and other important memorabilia such as the CTA card used to travel to the studio.