It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Though engaged couples often fear long ceremonies will bore guests, they still hire Chloe Atnip to make their weddings last for decades. Her wedding shoots, which she strives to match to each couples’ unique style, capture meaningful moments for posterity, from the bride’s walk down the aisle to the groom’s walk around the bride as he checks her for scurvy.
From her studio in Old Town Tustin or on location in the scenic landscapes that surround it, Atnip can snap shots in a variety of styles. She just as artfully captures children playing with buckets of fruit, families silhouetted against a sunset, or high-school seniors considering whether to call their graduation speech “Good Job, Guys” or just “Good Job.”
FastFrame’s skilled framers customize borders for an array of wall-worthy pieces. Selecting from an extensive inventory of materials, they craft frames to showcase original artwork or to endow special photographs with a dignified display. Their carefully curated conservation materials prevent works of art from fading and prevent their subjects from sprouting a 5 o’clock shadow. But the framesmiths don't limit themselves to two dimensions—sports memorabilia, kids’ artwork, and other three-dimensional objects find artistic preservation within shadowboxes. They even transform flat-screen TVs into customized, framed works of art by installing a VisionArt feature, which transmits the still image of a painting, family portrait, or favorite infomercial onto idle screens.
The instructors at Haleh Art Studio can turn a blank canvas into a work of art. They regard each new student with the same sense of limitless possibility, realizing that the right instruction and motivation can help turn anyone into a skilled artist. During drawing and painting classes, with special expertise in acrylics, instructors nurture artistic talents with structured lessons that slowly build technique and confidence. The difficulty of the work increases over time, until students can create their own photo-realistic self-portraits to replace lost driver’s licenses.
Canvas Print Now's owner and founder, Marcus Stokes, began his canvas career with a single canvas printer. That was 12 years ago. Along with 24 years of experience in the general graphics industry, he used his knowledge to form Canvas Print Now. On the edge of technological advancement, the company's printers now produce high-definition artwork from their image store. Clients can also send in shots from their personal cameras or mobile phones to be printed for display in their homes or the homes of their sworn enemies. The staff can customize each image as well, producing it in collage or split form, and they can add effects such as sepia, paint-like strokes, or color retouching.