The knowledgeable team at Jerry’s Artarama stockpile a vast selection of art supplies for amateur and professional projects. Staff members roam the store answering art questions and help track down hard-to-find supplies for any medium including wrapped canvases and invisible ink. The onsite custom-framing shop outfits works in traditional wood and aluminum frames with a variety of matting options to enhance and preserve enveloped images. The emporium also hosts workshops throughout the month to develop oil- and watercolor-painting techniques, as well as demos to meet and learn from instructors in a more informal setting.
Armed with the latest digital technology, the photographers at Shotz Portrait Studio craft beautifully composed shots of groups or individuals. The photographers specialize in family portraiture and bring years of experience to tricky shots, eliciting smiles from surly toddlers and negotiating with dads who insist upon giving the toddlers bunny ears. In addition to capturing sprawling family trees, Shotz Portrait Studio can also snap photos for passports or corporate headshots, as well as restore or enlarge existing images. Its onsite printing services cut down on wait time for ready-to-frame photos.
Creating great art requires patience. It's a philosophy Shelly Koziana holds dear during each of her photo shoots. The sky's the limit when it comes to each session's time and number of photos: she takes as many as she needs for as long as she needs until her clients are satisfied. At a photogenic Hampton Roads location, Shelly trains her lens on families, kids, pets, and special events. Before preserving her best work with prints, Shelly edits every image, tweaking color levels until they evoke right motif—from realistic to dreamlike.
Every time Allyn Brown snaps a photo, he’s contributing to a legacy that first began in 1945 when Carlton O'Neal founded his eponymous studio. After training under Mr. O’Neal, Allyn took the reigns of O’Neals Photography Studio with his wife, Kris, some 20 years ago, and today the two continue to practice their mentor’s teachings while incorporating contemporary techniques and tools. The duo specializes in family and senior portraits and wedding photography, using their carriage house studio’s varied gardens and fountains to serve as picturesque backdrops.
For Lisa, the inspiration to become a photographer came from a very personal place: her children. The young mother couldn't help but capture her kids' development through each stage of their lives, and found herself making monthly treks to corporate photo studios. When she realized that the images and customer-service experiences that resulted didn?t make the time and cost worth it, she dusted off her old camera, brushed up on her high-school photography lessons, and got to work. What came out was hardly amateur: vivid, light-soaked images of gazing toddlers, slumbering infants, and smiling families.
Today, Lisa's four children motivate her?and prepare her for calming rambunctious subjects?during portrait sessions, which can chronicle kids from birth to their senior year of high school or capture entire families. Before all shoots, she consults with clients to customize sessions, whether they choose to pose amid the controlled conditions of Lisa's professional studio or inside a favorite linen closet during onsite appointments.
Specializing in personalized party invitations, Retro Whimsy Designs boasts a bevy of colorful graphic layouts for weddings, cookouts, and time travel parties. All invitations include free proofs and choice of postman-impressing colored envelopes. Revive the ancient arts of letter writing and paper touching with Retro Whimsy’s adorable stationery and accessories, which include return address labels. Aww-inspiring candy wrappers and other customizable party favors make suburb celebratory souvenirs. Feel free to request a custom design on any product. Because designing, printing, and shipping are done in one location, orders are generally completed within 6–9 days.