A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Sit 'n Sleep stuffs its showroom with brand-name mattresses such as Sealy, Sherwood, and Simmons in a variety of sizes and firmness, from twin to California king and Euro tops to ultra plush. Sleepers slumber effortlessly atop the plush Sherwood Fremont pillow top, designed exclusively with sustainable, organic fibers and powers of clairvoyance ($399.99 for queen). Avoid tossing and turning on the Sealy Balboa Island's firm layers, replete with patented posturepedic technology stoutly supporting finicky spines throughout the night ($859.99 for full). The half-bed, half-machine Simmons Kings Cove, imbued with hybrid spring technology, struggles with its identity while its BeautySleep memory foam cuddles bodies for maximum sheep-counting.
Skilled shutterbug Virginia Valdez leads Le Dolce Boudoir Photography’s all-female staff members, who encourage women as they pose for tasteful, sensual photo shoots. Virginia aims to capture her subjects’ personality and boost their confidence as she snaps elegant, contemporary shots in her studio or at camera-friendly sites such as clients’ own homes, a chic hotel room, or the light-meter aisle at the nearest supermarket. Her supporting team helps to enhance subjects’ ensembles with hairstyling, makeup applications, and costumes plucked from the studio’s wardrobe.
William Edwards Photography's studio, open in the Antelope Valley for more than 25 years, is really part studio, part playground. Outside, a tire swing hangs on a tree and a fire engine waits for kids to hop aboard it, and families can pose for natural-looking pictures on the portrait sets that occupy the studio's portrait park, such as country porch or a grassy area with a pond. But the team shoots portraits indoors too, snapping formal portraits, families posed around their beloved dog, babies napping in rug-lined baskets, or high school seniors preparing for college.
Krystle Thomas has been snapping photos for a decade, a passion she’s morphed into a career at Krystography. Specializing in portraiture, Krystle works to put her subjects at ease, knowing that the best shots often come as a result of fun, spontaneous moments. This is especially true for children, whom Krystle photographs in local parks and botanical gardens, capturing their genuine smiles and candid reactions to nature’s colorful sights and weird smells.