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.
Beaux Arts Photography's Sam Anise captures bold, lively photos of high-school seniors, families, children, and weddings. During each shoot, he anticipates moments, reacting to the personalities and actions of his subjects to create honest portraits entrenched in the styles of photojournalism and fashion. His laid-back, engaging personality puts models at ease while enlivening them like a squirt gun filled with hot fudge. In addition to flexing his own photography muscles, Anise teaches classes that elucidate camera anatomy, proper technique, and editing in Photoshop.
Paper Affair's invitations for all events hail from lines such as Crane and William Arthur. The shop's wedding invitations cover all events leading up to the special day, from rehearsal dinners to the customary three-legged race that determines the maid of honor. In addition to invitations, Paper Affair helps party guests greet their hosts with customized gifts, such as cutting boards, jewelry, and baby gifts.