Though his studio is stocked with impressive props and backgrounds, certified professional photographer Aaron Pepis abides by an old-school philosophy: treat every subject as a star. He captures stills of families, high-school seniors, actors, and even pets during customized shoots, and travels off-site to meticulously document weddings. His talent for preserving personalities in his images has led to his status as an in-demand lecturer and magazine contributor, both in America and overseas. Additionally, he can restore cherished antique photos that have been damaged or even ripped into multiple pieces.
Coca-Cola and the American Cancer Society are just some of the clients that have called on Susan Pietropaolo, the founder of SMP Solutions, Inc., when they need professionally written copy. Using the highest standards of clarity and accuracy, she deftly edits and proofreads documents such as academic theses and dissertations, college applications and essays, and other supplemental materials. She also acts as a consultant of sorts for other matters, including cover-letter revisions, business communications and web copywriting, and PowerPoint-presentation reviews.
Each day, Healthlys’s chefs prepare three healthy meals and two snacks using low-fat, kosher ingredients. Instead of being handed to a server and whisked out to a table, the gourmet food is placed in an insulated bag and delivered to customers’ homes no later than 5 a.m. When customers open the bag in the morning, they may see a spinach-and-egg wrap for breakfast, a large garden salad for lunch, and grilled salmon with cauliflower soufflé for dinner.
By using nutritious ingredients and high-tech delivery spaceships, Healthlys hopes to popularize more modest portions of food that lack potentially unhealthy ingredients such as white flour, sugar, MSG, and unnatural additives.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. The staff then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
Since he entered the culinary world two decades ago, Chef Bruce Beaty has honed his skills and climbed the ranks at numerous acclaimed establishments, including Le Bernardin and Jonathan Waxman's Jams, and most recently working as Executive Chef at the Red Hat in Irvington for five years. He learned from the celebrated New York chef Alfred Portale at Gotham Bar and Grill, continued to develop his unique style while working in restaurants in France, and served as Executive Chef of two New York restaurants before taking the reins in the kitchen of Hudson at Haymount House, named one of the Best New Westchester Restaurants of 2012 by Westchester Magazine.
To create Hudson at Haymount House's dishes, which have been lauded by the New York Times, Chef Beaty highlights the natural flavors of fresh, in-season ingredients. Sommeliers complement meals with locally sourced, imported, and organic wines, while barkeeps pair feasts with cocktails inspired by the Prohibition era.
Meals unfold in Haymount House, a southern-colonial-style mansion that was custom built in 1910 by industrialist William Fuller. Before garnering accolades for its eatery, the estate earned renown for its alleged portrayal of Tara in Gone with the Wind. Though restoration modernized its interior, the mansion's original architectural flourishes remain, including marble fireplaces and wrought-iron doors. Overlooking the Hudson River from its four hilltop acres often shrouded in the fiery hues of Westchester County's characteristic fall foliage, Haymount House accommodates guests in its main dining room as well as private dining areas and a bar and lounge on the second floor.
With Flip a Hit’s affordable alternatives to expensive event-photography packages, friends and family members become the creative directors behind big events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, and birthday parties. Days before the event, the company ships out five pocket-sized HD video cameras so the motley film crew can capture behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the bride’s stunt double. Multiple roving cameras catch views that a professional photographer might not, and unique angles that produce a wide range of classic and candid footage. After sending the recordings and equipment back to Flip a Hit, the business’s professional editors refine the raw footage and mail back a highlight reel in addition to the raw footage, all of which can also be hosted online.