During shoots at Portrait Simple—a studio specialized in child, infant, maternity, and family portraits—skilled photographers snap an unlimited number of poses in front of a choice of backgrounds and provide the convenience of instant printing. Sessions can take any size group, accommodating families and close-knit juries. Models don simple duds without heavy patterns or logos and can tote props such as sports equipment or special blankies. After striking jubilant, winsome, or wrathful poses, guests sit down with the photographer to select images to turn into prints.
Whether capturing a family portrait or immortalizing a wedding or graduation, MMI Photography seeks to blend a knowledge of the technical side of photography with a knack for evoking beauty from its subjects. During each session, whether on-location or in-studio, a professional photographer works with clients to create ideal images that encapsulate important life events.
Featured in numerous media outlets including Dateline NBC and Shape Magazine, board-certified hypnotist Tom Nicoli guides the mind in its quest to reverse unhealthy behaviors through positive, reparative thought. Tom's A Better You weight-loss series primes client psyches to opt for healthier eats, boost physical activity, and refrain from carrying any more unnecessary anvils. Rather than pine on each patient's mistakes, Tom tries to mend negative patterns such as emotional eating, cravings, and portion control through positive motivation and the reversal of unconscious habits. Most clients schedule their trio of sessions over a 2–3 week span, and, although some see positive results after only three appointments, others may require additional sessions before feeling ready to reconnect with their estranged bathroom scales. For at-home reiteration, Tom also supplies his clients with two 27-minute CDs chockfull of aural support.
Dan Doke discovered his passion for photography as a teenager, eventually turning his beloved hobby into a career after purchasing his first studio in his 20s. After building a thriving business with portrait and senior-photo portfolios, Doke moved his studio closer to his family and began to focus on wedding photography full time. Today, the seasoned shutterbug dangerously overloads his mantelpiece with a wealth of awards and honors, ranging from a membership in the Society of XXV to his status as a Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. Doke’s polished black-and-white and color prints have graced the covers of more than 30 magazines, including Gala, La Bella Bride, and Studio Photography, and his expertise won him a spot in 2005 as a photographer at an inaugural ball for President George W. Bush, where he was responsible for capturing candid portraits of heads of state, governors, lawmakers, and dignitaries. Along with the team of photographers he has personally trained, Dan produces high-contrast, post portraits of families and pets that range from traditional outdoor and studio shots to high-concept editorials.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Being a part of the moments that families can treasure for generations is what makes Samantha’s job so satisfying for her. To ensure she draws the best out of those moments with her clients, she uses the latest photographic tools as well as her experience as an international photographer. During photo shoots with families, couples, kids, and individuals, she creates a comfortable setting where clients can have fun and express themselves. Samantha also covers weddings, can apply her skills to boudoir shoots, and does seasonal photo packages, such as beach shoots in the summer and holiday-themed shoots in the winter.