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.
Melanie Ramiro's work isn't all about airbrushed Hollywood glamour. "I probably find more beauty in the primal nature of things than in an artificially created façade," she explained to Steve Robles, a former coworker. This devotion to realness is evident in the work she's done with women from all walks of life—including single moms, married women, and breast cancer survivors. No matter the clientele, Melanie caters her shoot to individual visions, be they sweet—filled with softly lit, high angle shots of women in classic pinup poses or tangled in sheets—or sultry, featuring darker lighting, higher contrast, and a larger dose of femme fatale. "I like my work to tease and tempt but never give it all away," she says, and her work achieves this through the use of plain backdrops, minimal props, keeping the focus solely on her subjects. As a former dancer and acrobat, Melanie's eye is naturally drawn to interesting lines and flattering poses, a skill that helps women of all shapes and sizes feel comfortable in front of the camera. "I want my images to be show-stoppers," she exclaims, "I want people to be breathless for a moment when they first see them. I want a strong reaction."
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Situated about 80 miles from scenic San Gabriel, the nearly 150-year-old Highland Springs Resort soothes weary travelers with relaxing rooms, striking views, and fare that fuels felicity. Groupon guests can rest their heads in the resort's Spanish Courtyard rooms, which echo the rustic, sun-soaked architecture of España with expansive terraces and quarters that are saturated with natural light and bilingual WiFi. Each domicile is dashingly bedecked with antique furniture and brand-new mattresses and bedding, and has views overlooking the resort grounds, which include 20 acres of farmland ripe with organic herbs and miles of hiking trails accessible to visitors with a guest pass.
The staff members at IE Gourmet Food Trucks strives to populate Inland Empire's roads with sanitary food trucks that sell, buy, and hire locally. To do this, they give food trucks a secure parking space inside their hot-food-truck-approved commissary and inspect the vehicles to make sure they meet current health-code standards. They extend their helping hands to the chefs of the food trucks by offering them use of their commissary's prep kitchen and equipping them with amenities such as roadside assistance and unlimited ice for building snowman interns. In an effort to showcase the inspected food truck's eats, the staff members organize events throughout the year.
As a young girl, Beth Wickham never had to fight the other children for dolls; she only had eyes for the camera. Today she lives out her lifelong passion for photography by capturing clients during many of their biggest moments, such as weddings, baby’s first step, or Grandma’s first handstand. After her shoots, she professionally edits photos, making them gallery ready by reducing redeye and softening any unwanted blemishes.