Melissa Michalczyk strives to see beauty in everything, and throughout six years as a professional photographer, she has worked tirelessly to capture it in its natural habitat. As flashbulbs light up the second-floor studio that New Girl Photography calls home, Melissa coaxes forth her subjects’ inner sirens with friendly chatter and posing pointers during her signature boudoir-photo shoots. A strong believer that every photograph should tell a story, Melissa orchestrates candid shots to artfully tease out meaningful images in portrait session or at special events from weddings to baby’s first recitation of Homer’s The Iliad.
A boldly shaped beehive of black and blond braids. Cascading blond curls, shaded by a sheer veil. The two hairstyles seem like polar opposites, but the team of stylists and makeup artists at Queens Coiffure were able to expertly craft both for their clients. Helmed by Bethany Bell—whose nickname, “Queen B,” inspired the studio’s name—the team’s services can easily prepare a bride for her wedding day or a model for an avant-garde fashion shoot. The stylists complement their custom hairdos and extensions with hairstyling lessons, which teach patrons that a braid is not just one massive, neglected split end. Meanwhile, their spray tans, eyelash tints, and meticulous manicures enhance features for any occasion.
Get a picture that will forever preserve your nubile physique and uncanny resemblance to a certain pop star with today's Groupon to Crane Photography. For $50, you'll get a two-to-three-hour outdoor photo shoot or studio portrait session, a $150 value. You'll also get an 8"x10" print and an opportunity to order additional prints for 25% off normal print pricing. (See "Investment" on the website for print prices). Your photographer will travel within a 40-mile radius of Medford, NJ, in a refrigerator with wheels; locations outside the radius will incur an additional $50 fee per 30 extra minutes of driving each way.
For more than 25 years, the film historians and crackerjack editors at Tailor-Made have kept magnetic and cellophane memoirs alive using the latest technologies to teleport fading keepsakes from outdated media into the digital age. Dusty videotapes of old school musicals or rusty 8 mm footage of your grandparents' siege of Plymouth Rock can now been seen with a clarity that didn’t exist in the myopic days of yore. With a vast array of videotape services, up to two hours of footage from VHS, Betamax, 8 mm, analog electroencephalograms, and more can be carefully converted to DVD ($29.95 per tape) for convenient family viewing. Ravaged tapes that have been chewed up and spewed out by rabid VCRs can ascend to digital heaven with Tailor-Made's repair services ($49.95 per tape). The filmic transformers can also convert film reels and lucid dreams into digitally tangible states.
Creative Photography by Maya's staff of professional shutterbugs will happily accommodate families, children, families of children, pets, and triumphantly posed statues during the in-studio photo session. The fully equipped studio provides several backgrounds from which to choose. The classic white can be used for a quick passport photo before the entire fam poses for a heartwarming family scene around the Christmas tree in the Christmas Morning backdrop. Likewise, graduates, high-school seniors, newlyweds, and soonlyweds can beam sunnily before a Garden View, Perfect Sky, or slightly less popular Ragnarök backdrop. There are even huge plastic crayons and other foreground props for your giant pet scorpion to wave around as the cameras flash. After your session, you'll receive a DVD containing full-resolution versions of all photos and a photo-release form enabling you to print, publish, and share them.
Sylvia Sepulveda became enamored with vintage pin-up photography because of the props. A frequent thrift-store shopper, she had planned to start a blog about her purchases but found that taking and editing their pictures was more satisfying than writing the posts. She turned her lens onto human subjects shortly thereafter and now generates inventive and sensual snapshots at Indie Girl Photography. Sylvia doesn't shy away from whimsical impulses both during and after her shoots. Based on the dialogue between her and the client, she suggests poses that can result in simple, flirtatious portraits or playful, old-timey advertisements. Her retouching finesse then works two types of magic, serving to add backdrops—ranging from a retro kitchen scene to a patriotic battleground—as well as remove sources of insecurity, including blemishes, stretch marks, and mismatched shoes. She deftly adjusts lighting and angles to flatter clients of all body types, and she pairs outfits that clients bring from home with her own stock of accessories, such as a vintage aviator hat or a video camera.
Apart from her boudoir-style shots, she experiments with fantasy and alternative styles. Her galleries display models cast as robots, angels, and superheroes, among other supernatural roles.