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.”
At Another World Day Spa, a cast of beauty professionals and massage therapists collaborate to keep clients looking and feeling their very best. A slew of treatments for the face and body cleanse, rejuvenate, and soften skin to stage off everything from wrinkles and fine lines to acne and dry skin. Once renewed, skin can opt for further smoothing with waxing treatments for the brows, bikini area, and limbs. Licensed massage therapists tend to below-the-surface needs with half a dozen massage treatments, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone sessions, as well 15 minutes of Fix It therapy, designed to quickly lessen pain or repair broken internal clocks.
Southern Images Photography's professional lens pointers snap carefully composed portraits for families, high-school seniors, and special occasions. The luminous smiles of up to 10 family members—including pets—rival flash bulbs as clicking shutters measure time during relaxed, one-hour studio sessions. After the session, subjects can select their preferred pose for a slight retouching treatment that softens lines around the eyes, removes facial blemishes, and erases embarrassing thought bubbles. The photographer immortalizes the finished image on a compact disc, which subjects can take home along with a three-unit package of prints to distribute liberally among relatives and former high-school crushes. For an additional $50, Groupon customers can upgrade to a location shoot.
When the photographer of Dallas Boudoir wants clients to feel sexy, they head to the bedroom—or an empty power station. Many of their shoots take place at Off The Grid, a spacious building that used to supply electricity to the city's street lights. Now, its exposed bricks and industrial feel provide a unique backdrop for sultry poses. Some snapshots even take place on the rooftop, where subjects show off their favorite lingerie ensembles in front of the soaring skyline.
Other shoots typically occur in a home or hotel suite. Regardless of the locale, however, the photographer aims for the perfect balance of comfort, classiness, and sensuality. The photographer guides clients through flattering poses and carefully retouches the images to provide the quality of photos you might find in a magazine or a romance-novel flipbook. The pictures instill confidence in women of all body types, and, when arranged into DVD slideshows and customized books, they easily become gifts for significant others.
Brandy Metzger's passion for photography was born on the same day as her first son. Immediately after his arrival, and later, the arrival of her second son, her knack for snapping pictures ballooned from a hobby into a full-blown vocation. Today, at her eponymous studio, the Shreveport native helps others memorialize moments with their newborns.
Outside the studio, families, wedding parties, and mothers-to-be gather during onsite shoots that mix formal poses with doses of spontaneity. Afterward, Brandy returns to her lab, transferring chosen shots onto prints, projecting them into the night sky, or putting them into online galleries, which are perfect for sharing with friends.
Bedroom Sleep Shops strives to pair each back with an appropriate snoozing vessel. The sweeping selection of brand-name mattresses ranges from the firm, supportive Sealy Morning Fog (king set $1,699, queen $1,299, full $1,249) to the cloud-soft Bloomsbury Signature (king set $1,999, queen $1,399, full $1,349). Sleepers can rest easy on an Enchanted Plush from Coriscana (king set $1,299, queen $999, full $949), or repose in black-tie luxury with a Douglas House set from Stearns and Foster (king set $2,299, queen $1,799, full $1,749). The burly bedsetters also offer extensive delivery services, dropping off and installing new mattresses as well as respectfully removing retired ones to a farm upstate.