Signature service: Portrait photography
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Nikon Camera, Canon printer, Promaster studio lights
Pro Tip: Children: nap before session. Adults: wear clothing in which they are most comfortable and relaxed
Liz Besanson might be soundly situated in Wilmington, but that doesn't mean her photos are. A specialist in high fashion and beauty photography, her work has made appearances across the globe and the world wide web, as well as the pages of Zink magazine. She's also spent the last seven years helping models build their portfolios and creating professional headshots for aspiring actors and employees of the month. But while Liz's signature, edgy style has helped her build a reputation in the fashion community, it's her patient demeanor and ease of direction that has mommies-to-be, families, and engaged couples flocking to her 1,200-square-foot studio, where she employs creative lighting and expert retouching skills to produce magazine-quality memories.
Dan Salvo started as a full-time sports photographer, where he learned to snap photos at high speed while remaining an unobtrusive participant amid the action. He brings that same timing and technical mastery to wedding photography, trading the gymnasium for the reception halls and crosschecks for "I do's." The images in his portfolio play with exposure length and composition, as engaged couples write messages in sparkles or a fiancé flips his skateboard above his betrothed. Dan also imparts his unique blend of skills through introductory classes, and can record video documentaries of weddings that you can re-release on your 20th anniversary with an alternate ending.
B.A. Looney & Co. infuses parties, weddings, and special events with extra helpings of amusement, including live entertainers such as magicians, clowns, and costumed characters. The business also cultivates such popular party attractions as dunk tanks and photo booths. Meanwhile, its mobile food stand doles out popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy.
Since encasing their first piece of art behind glass in 1977, Framemaker’s professional artists and craftspeople continue to transform each print and photo brought into the shop into an artfully mounted creation. Staffers help your treasured images and memorabilia stand out by using regular and conservation-quality frames, matting, and glass in their framing work. Shoppers can bring in their own pieces to be framed or scoop up new works from Framemaker’s carefully curated assortment of posters, graphic prints, and original art created by local artists and spontaneous fission. The shop’s certified conservator can be found carefully erasing scratches and discoloration from old family photos via digital photo-restoration services. Other services such as shadow-box creation and canvas stretching add a unique spin to image display.
There's a true art collective behind Collective Vision Design Studio. Founded by photographer Lauren Goodwin and artist Dianne Seitelman, the arts hub is more than a partnership?it's a place where the two friends can display handiwork from a far-reaching network of artisans like themselves. The eclectic wares include custom furniture, jewelry, and paintings depicting everything from flowery fields to surreal deep-sea scenes.
But the shop is only the tip of the iceberg, considering the team's array of specialized art services. They're available for event photography and interior design consultations, during which they show clients how to brighten up living spaces and warn them against rooms with no doors. Lauren and Dianne also love to encourage creativity in others, hosting painting classes for adults and summer camps for kids.