In the days before mirrors, baseball players would collect their own baseball cards so that they'd always know what they looked like. Enjoy the preservative nature of photographs with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a photo session, hair and makeup for three, a 16"x20" wall portrait, and a CD with three retouched images at Attraction Studio in Arcadia (a $424.80 value). Although three makeovers are included with the Groupon, this photo session is open to an unlimited number of people. Additional hair and makeup sessions are available for $9.95 each.
Staffed by skilled makeup artists and cameramen, the photo factory at Attraction Studio is filled with high-tech equipment and various backgrounds for creating memories that will remain memories. After an on-site makeover prepares hair and faces for the inevitable flashes, limitlessly populated groups of posers can break out their own props, outfits, expressions, and Pat Boone masks for a 2- to 2.5-hour session comprising approximately 25–30 shots. Take-home tokens include a 16"x20" touched-up portrait print, though variationists can opt to trade their large print for a one-pose pack of an 8"x10", two 5"x7"s, and eight wallet sizes. Regardless of print picks, all shutter subjects will digitally tote a CD containing three retouched images in which every red eye and blue ear has been painstakingly corrected.
Attraction Studio Photography
The photographers at Attraction Studio doll up subjects before subjects make their debut in front of the flashing lights. Both the West Covina and Arcadia locations employ professional makeup and hair artists for family, boudoir, or maternity shoots that shuffle backdrops and allow two to three wardrobe changes. Personal items, such as a basketball, guitar, or piece of lint—brought along as props—add a touch of personality to the 25–50 photos snapped at the shoot. After the session, a computerized slideshow parades the fresh snapshots so that customers can nominate their favorites for prints and retouching. Pictures gain an aesthetic lift from Magic Touch, which enables photographers to remove wrinkles, blemishes, and third eyes.