Before photography, the only way people could preserve their most treasured memories was by forcing everyone around them to stand completely still for days at a time. Memorialize more active sequences with today's Groupon: for $69, you get an autumn portrait photo-shoot package from Haskell St. Paul (a $400 value). The package includes:
- A one-hour photo shoot in-studio or on-location (a $250 value)
- Photo retouching (a $120 total value)
- One 8”x10” print (a $30 value)
- A DVD containing three 5”x7” digital images of your choice
Helmed by renowned photographer David Haskell, Haskell St. Paul captures personalities in two dimensions during comprehensive shooting sessions. Equipped with more than 20 years of snapping supermodels, dignitaries, and sports figures, the studio’s resident photographers endow headshots, engagement photos, and obedience-school-graduation shots with clarity and elegance. During the one-hour shooting session, which unfolds in either the full photographic studio or at a location of subjects’ choice, photographers document the emotive poses or impromptu family pyramids of an unlimited number of subjects. After exercising their constitutional right to bunny ears, newly glamorized clients select one image to have professionally retouched and immortalized in 8”x10” form. Clients can further savour Haskell's sophisticated shutter choreography by perusing three images of their choice on DVD, and may access a virtual album and order prints online for one year.
At the age of 19, photographer David Haskell made the acquaintance of an InStyle magazine editor. He recounted this story during an interview with VTalk Radio Photography Spotlight, adding, "the editor invited me to their offices in Toronto and asked if I would cover an editorial." Since then, his work has been published in more than 70 countries and his subjects have ranged from Phyllis Diller to Jay-Z. Now, Haskell transforms regular people into models.
Haskell's studio offers creative packages, too. For instance, kids can play dress up and get their makeup done during Ultimate birthday-party shoots, which include up to 50 images of each party-goer, a group shot, and pizza or chicken fingers to snack on.