Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
Darla Photography founder Darla Cisek's 30 years of experience include past shoots with NBC Sports and Macy's, and a three-year streak of Bride's Choice Awards from WeddingWire. Throughout one-hour shoots in a well-appointed studio or at a picturesque location of choice, a digital camera snaps unlimited portraits in both color and black and white, ensuring that visual puns will read with both humans and dogs. While designed for individuals, couples, and families, larger family groups of up to 10 can squeeze behind the lens as the shutterbug orchestrates a host of editorial and fine-art-style shots. Subjects receive a high-resolution, print-ready DVD of all images resulting from their shoot. Then, the snapshots will take up residence on Pictage.com for six months of private access, leaving ample time to decide between decorating the foyer with a wall of wallets or one refrigerator-size print.
Boasting a client base that includes Larry King and Maria Sharapova, Clay Blackmore and Co.’s seasoned shutterbugs afford subjects celebrity-style treatment in each studio session. Kinsfolk gather for an in-studio shoot during which a versatile photographer will foster natural poses and candid smiles. Once tender moments have been sentenced to a two-dimensional prison for eternity, clients select a winning image to be artfully printed onto 100 custom holiday cards and disseminated across the globe in included envelopes or plastered on teenagers' lockers.
Appointments for the executive or student headshot or the family or engagement sessions are available Tuesday–Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. based upon availability.
Image Ace’s frame forgers work to preserve memories by ensconcing treasured prints, paintings, and photographs in a variety of resplendent rims. The experienced picture protectors offer hundreds of frame styles ($4.99–$200/ft.), an extensive mat selection, including acid-free ($29.95) and fabric or simili-suede ($39.95), and glass available in regular, nonglare, and museum-grade varieties. Although the price of custom framing varies by project, clients can preserve a Matisse print in a standard 8”x10” frame with mat for an average price of $100 or lend an air of credibility to their knitting circle’s double-purled declaration of national sovereignty by preserving it in an 11”x14” frame with mat for approximately $125.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.