The light-bending artists at Custom Neon train students in the art of curving, angling, and setting tubes aglow at their Poulsbo studio. During a two-hour glass-bending class, students glean all the basic information and skills necessary to create a radiating fixture masterpiece. The luminous course begins with an overview of the process, where pupils learn important safety basics such as never using neon light as a substitute for highlighter ink. Students then heat 4-foot sections of tubing into different shapes, using a ribbon burner to mold soft bends while employing a crossfire to garner more angular lines. Disciples who are comfortable with the materials and process can inject their creations with a neon or argon gas in one of two colors. Additionally, neon creators have the option of getting their pieces mounted and ready to hang for an additional fee. Those who wish to return to hone their phosphorescence-finessing skills will receive 25% off a future one-on-one session taught by a human-sized game of Simon.
Yuen Lui Studios, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates photographic heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area Yuen Lui studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Wallflower Custom Framing owner Courtney Sievertson applies nearly 10 years of framing experience to every custom border she helps her clients design. She keeps her selection of more than 1,800 frames stocked with only trusted sources, gathering wrapped leather frames from saddle makers in Peru, frames with hand-carved corners and individual leafing from C&J in New York, and carbonite casings from expert makers in Cloud City. Her commitment to delivering excellent customer service often leads her out of the store after hours for consultations.
In addition to providing framing services, Courtney uses Wallflower to showcase the work of local artists in its gallery space, dubbed the Shooting Gallery.
Teri and Greg Harris draw on artistic eyes honed in careers as an award-winning former photojournalist and a high-profile web designer, respectively, to capture memories at Ladybug Photography. The couple memorializes blissful weddings, cozy family scenes, and grads-to-be in black-and-white, sepia, or color portraits. Lighthearted shoots may make use of props, pets, and outfit and personality changes as subjects let their inner glow shine in-studio or at lush area parks, gardens, and beachfronts.