At PDR Picture Frames & Gallery, framing treasured pictures and memorabilia is a family affair. Ross Pritchard and his kin size up clients' heirlooms and refrigerator doors, charting their exact dimensions to fashion decorative frames that display and protect. He and his staff utilize museum-grade conservation materials for added safekeeping. Not only a framesmith, Ross is also an accomplished artist whose paintings and pottery sit alongside other works in the location's gallery.
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Family and newborn photography
Pro Tip: I immerse myself in my photography preparation, from the shoot itself to the post-processing.
Working 50 hours a week in a large corporate office, Gordon Aitken could almost feel his creative muscles atrophying. So instead of losing them forever, Gordon lifted his artistic legs and took the step toward his new career as a photographer. That’s how he met his soulmate and collaborator, Grainne, who, coincidentally enough, also walked away from a fast-paced career in international management consulting after years of yearning to express her creativity through photography.
After a chance meeting at an international photographers’ conference, the duo joined forces to open Art and Soul Photography, focusing on creating custom pieces that celebrate subjects with style and individuality. Together, the two have 30 years of combined experience that they've used to capture weddings and snap portraits of famous subjects, including former US President Bill Clinton and professional baseball players. They’ve traveled throughout North Africa and Europe, teaching students that photography is a viable alternative to chiselling marble statues during every Kodak moment.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
Holding a master's of photography from the Professional Photographers of Canada, Tina Weltz of Calla Studio captures milestones and memories with artistic flair and professional savvy. Weltz helps individual subjects and groups of family, friends, or friendly strangers hit their photogenic stride. Resplendent summer months are ideal for an outdoor shoot, and Calla Studio's ample portfolio exhibits a diverse collection of backdrops and locales. Customers have the opportunity to try a number of camera-friendly poses during the session, such as standing, sitting, and staring into the camera's soul. Up to 10 people can take part in the shoot, which yields a high-quality 8"x10" print. For a separate fee, the team at Calla offers custom framing services by expert framesmith Dianna Weltz.