The hay bale-strewn corner of a rustic barn and a gym’s locker room rarely coexist within one building. But they do at The Jim Owens Studios because for the past 40 years, their photographers have snapped portraits not only in front of green screens and backgrounds, but on elaborate in-studio sets. Athletes can flex for the camera before rows of lockers, families can show their country roots on the barn set, and high school seniors can pose with a wall whose rainbow-hued graffiti scrawls out “Seniors.” The photographers can also shoot weddings on location, documenting keepsake moments from newlyweds’ first married kiss to the first petal dropped by the flower girl.
The friendly staff at B Boutique helps ladies fashionably conceal their bareness with a variety of chic, upscale clothing, purses, and accessories. Fun, feminine swaddlings by designers such as Judith March and Voom by Joy Han compete for guests’ attention with bright colors, contemporary cuts, and waving sentient sleeves. Slip on a colorful summer dress for an evening stroll in the park ($24–$240) or achieve the perfect silhouette with a pair of form-fitting jeans by brands such as !iT jeans ($39-$90). Visitors can shield their little piggies in style with a pair of cowgirl boots by Old Gringo and Corral ($23–$399) or delve into a collection of jewelry to accent décolletages with simple pendants, colorful stones, or strands of classic pearls ($8–$150). A range of purses and bags can be used to store personal items, compliment outfits, or to hide smaller, not as fashionable, purses and bags ($24–$80).
Clarity’s photographers not only customize sessions to clients, they also get to know their clients during shoots for families, newborns, kids, and moms-to-be. By engaging with clients during consultations, and interacting with their subjects during shoots, even playing and singing with the kids in the family, the photographers at Clarity make every session a personal experience. Images can be preserved on photo discs and turned into keepsakes with add-ons such as baby books and custom photo albums.
This family-owned one-stop shop caters to camera-wielders of all skill sets, from novice documentarians to professional photojournalists. The 90-minute Taking Better Pictures course teaches aspiring image-catchers the basic principles of composition, exposure, lens selection, and photographic techniques. Knowledge of these basic concepts can immediately and dramatically improve the quality and clarity of an artiste's snapshots, leading to enhanced family photo albums and an appropriately arty online-profile picture for one's pet lobster. Check the online schedule and call ahead to reserve a spot in the on-site classroom.