At the age of 19, photographer David Haskell made the acquaintance of an InStyle magazine editor. He recounted this story during an interview with VTalk Radio Photography Spotlight, adding, the editor invited me to “their offices in Toronto and asked if I would cover an editorial thing." Within a few weeks, Haskell started working with Revlon Canada, and ultimately landed in New York. Since then, his work has been published in more than 70 countries and his subjects have ranged from Phyllis Diller to Jay-Z.
Reflecting on his success, Haskell places special emphasis on the importance of "taking care of the people you're taking pictures of." This commitment to serving subjects reaches to the present: Regardless of whom he photographs, Haskell makes sure that his subjects feel comfortable and confident. He finds and uses light to highlight natural beauty, whether inside at his modern studio or outside at scenic landscapes or highway underpasses. His fellow photographers do the same, capturing models, fiancées, graduates, and families in shoots of various styles.
The dedicated framers at Ferrante Picture Framing draw on more than 40 years of experience as they outfit works by Ontario artists James Lumbers, Trisha Romance, and George Upper as well as personal photographs and mementos with frames of all shapes and styles. Wood, metal, and matting accent the edges of posters and paintings in picture sandwiches protected by glass; display cases can commemorate a retired licence plate or a toddler's dinner plate scraped clean of its vegetables. Staffers can also create pop art pieces that transform ordinary photos into masterpieces more Warholian than Marilyn Monroe in a tub of Campbell’s tomato soup.
Specializing in custom wedding invitations, Pen Press 2 tailors its typesets and parchments around each betrothed pair's predilections. After customers select paper, card stock, and envelopes from Pen Press 2's extensive array, the on-site graphic designer conjures clients' visions to life with adroit printing skills and a computer bought at a witch's estate sale. Invitations and reply cards coupled with envelopes arrive lettered on linen text paper, matted with card stock, and adorned with ribbon ($59.25 for 25 invitations) or both a ribbon and a jewelled buckle ($168.75 for 25 invitations). Upon request, Pen Press 2 can also embellish invitations with stunning Swarovski crystals or granulated mermaid tears. Prices may vary depending on the bride's style.