The English language can be very tricky, with its abstract nouns, active verbs, and occasionally invisible prepositions. Pin down wriggly words with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 toward personalized alphabet photography from Alpha Photos online.
Alpha Photos, masterminded by an eagle-eyed husband and wife team, seeks out alphabetic doppelgangers in nature and architecture, then traps them in orthographic prints to spell words or phrases of your choice. Enter frame-worthy words ($55 for 3 letters–$125 for 10 letters) or a la carte characters ($6 each, unframed) into an accommodating online widget, then summon up an eclectic gallery of locally-snapped black-and-white images that run the gamut from As tangled in the tack of the Charlotte Carousel House's carousel horses to Zs snapped from of the architecture of the Seneca Park Zoo. Keepsake-seekers can nail their heart to Mom’s wall with a cryptically affectionate arrangement of twin arches, a lifesaver, and a sinusoidal bike rack; or preserve baby’s first word for posterity without the hassle of bronzing the intangible. Precisely spelled words tacitly air concerns about a bitter Scrabble rival’s ethics, while a “Marry Me” twined together with images of limber benches adeptly wins beloved woodworkers’ hearts.
Once typographic selections are completed, Alpha Photos’ print whisperers superimpose each vowel and consonant on 4"x6" sheets of Kodak paper before swaddling creative combinations in cozy black or white matting and ready-to-hang frames. Newly minted montages roll off the presses within three weeks of ordering, fully outfitted with geographic biographies of each letter and primed for shipping (not included).