Michael Weber and Nick Adams aim their lenses at everything from beaming couples to photogenic plates of pasta. The two harness more than 25 years of combined experience as they craft images—not the kind that sit sedately in frames, but rather the kind that leap out, grab your face, and launch into stories about dimpled babies, flying mortarboards, and couples vowing to stay together in sickness and in health. Their artistic, modern style yields images perfect for family albums but also polished enough for model portfolios. They share the techniques behind that deft approach during introductory and advanced photography classes, passing down their exuberance for the art form whose development spared museum-goers from more dreary years of staring at da Vinci’s finger paintings.
Before he could enroll in his first middle school class, Jim Hilgedick already had a portfolio of his own pictures. At the age of 9, Jim began teaching himself film development and printing, and before long, he was documenting graduations, school events, and vacations. His enlistment into the Army in 1985 initiated a 19-year hiatus from photography, which finally ended when he founded JH Portrait Design.
Inspired by the inextinguishable passion he had for photography in his youth, the award-winning photographer specializes in portraits of high school seniors. Jim snaps artful pictures of students in his studio or at locations meaningful to them, from their favorite park in town to their favorite hiding place for their lunch money. After each session, he retouches images to remedy any blemishes or dark circles, and arranges prints into products such as wall portraits, folios, and books.
Skilled, friendly photographer Katie Fears captures sensual, classy images that highlight her subjects’ best features in a private boutique studio located within the Semple Mansion. Models relax with a complimentary glass of bubby before they slip into three ensembles, pairing thigh highs with corsets or with favorite brachiosaurus costumes. Although not covered by this deal, patrons can pay an additional fee for a professional to coax locks into elegant coiffures and apply cosmetics with an artistic touch. Images from the shoot undergo a skilled retouching that rivals the improvements chiselers made on Mount Rushmore. Prints begin at $75, and subjects can acquire a leather-bound book, mounted art canvas, or DVD with all their images and print rights for an additional cost.
Though VHS tapes may be of sentimental value, their usefulness is fading in the modern world. National Video Transfer’s employees ensure the memories stored within VHS and all forms of outdated or rare media devices remain intact and compatible with current technology. They can transfer and update the content of any kind of video—from VHS to Betamax—and relocate it to DVD without losing quality or the only known recording of dad dancing. The media specialists can even transfer film using the trusted Elmo TRV, transfer audiocassette tunes onto CDs, or simply duplicate existing CD and DVD content.
The Twin Cities Originals are a coalition of locally owned and operated restaurants with a shared mission of preserving and promoting the distinctive experience of dining at individually owned eateries. This year’s event will give you unlimited access to the gourmet goodies of 20 local restaurants. As you graze among Woolley’s Steakhouse, Great Waters Brewing Co., and Azia Restaurant, you’ll get bottomless beer and wine tastings throughout the event to wash down the wonderful wares. You’ll also witness first-hand the “Restaurant Olympics,” where local celebrity judges will rank area bartenders and chefs as they go head-to-head in a Chairman Kaga-free battle for culinary domination. TCO will also play host to a wine raffle ($10 per ticket) that will award two thirsty people 30 bottles of wine. So take a stand against chain restaurants and support local, independently owned restaurateurs, or gift a Groupon to a food-obsessed friend and treat them to a fun night on two towns.
After graduating from the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography and subsequently working as a celebrity photographer in Hollywood, Brent Dundore moved back to his home state of Minnesota to open his own namesake studio. With a bold yet classic style, Brent brings out the personalities of his subjects with portraits of families, high school seniors, and pets, among others. But his arsenal of portrait styles is practically limitless, with experiencing taking portfolio shots for models, headshots for aspiring actors, and nature stills for animals applying for a spot at the zoo.
Glamour Shots made its name as a place where women could be transformed into models and immortalized in photographs. Though makeup, hair, and wardrobe services are still available with each session, Glamour Shots now offers portraiture for individuals of any gender as well as families, children, and houseplants. Unique personalities shine in Glamour Shots’s galleries, which depict everything from children with airbrushed angel wings to women clad in lingerie. Digital images can be transformed into a number of prints and products, including wall art and graduation announcements. Glamour Shots guarantees clients’ satisfaction or it will retake portraits without a session fee or exchange poses for a small additional fee within 14 days.