Photographs provide a more concrete way of recording recollections than sketching portraits in sand or dictating memoirs to an empty jam jar. Preserve precious memories with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a personal- or family-portrait package (up to a $125 value) at MotoPhoto. This package includes the following:
- A one-pose portrait session
- One 8”x10”, two 5”x7”, and eight wallet-size prints (a $55 value)
- Sitting fees for up to seven people (up to a $20 value)
- Twelve 4”x8” Christmas photo cards (a $25 value)
- A photo-slideshow CD (a $25 value)<p>
Behind lenses trained to capture winning grins and thoughtful poses, MotoPhoto’s professional camera crew lassos fleeting moments during portrait sessions. Subjects arrive for muse duty at MotoPhoto’s May Avenue studio, arranging solo sittings or group shots of up to seven people, including family members, best friends, and favorite bobsled teams. After a 30-minute snapshot session, customers consult with photographers to determine their preferred pose. Subjects can populate empty frames or replace Nixon on the $5 bill with one 8”x10”, two 5”x7”, and eight wallet-size prints. The studio also transfers a chosen image from the photo shoot to 12 4”x8” Christmas photo cards accompanied by envelopes. Groupon holders also snag a digital keepsake in the form of a slide-show CD containing shots that guests cannot print out but can screen on home computers or, with the right connections, on the Times Square megatron screen.
The shutterbugs at MotoPhoto capture natural expressions in portrait shoots, but they also enhance those shots with retouching services. Rather than drawing smiles on their subjects with lipstick, the professionals elicit relaxed dimples during their sessions, and they are happy to aim their lenses either in-studio or at the subjects’ home. After the experts edit out their flyaway hairs, subjects can order everything from collages and calendars to custom photo books and greeting cards.
In addition to creating new images, MotoPhoto deals with existing photographs, scanning the contents of old albums to create digital files and restoring age-worn photographs. They also transfer the contents of VHS tapes and other antiquated formats to DVDs, preserving videos of a youngster’s first bike ride or a tiny pothole’s first attempt to wreck a bicycle.