A picture is worth a thousand words, which is why The Odyssey was originally a stack of 73 polaroids. Create classic memories with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a family portrait package from Simply True Portraits by ultra-spective, valid at its studio location and an outdoor location in Livermore, as well as outdoor locations in Castro Valley, Danville, and Milpitas (up to a $375 value). The package includes the following:
- A 30-minute family-portrait session in studio or outdoors
- 20 holiday cards
Equipped with an expert staff of sharpshooters, ultra-spective captures the essences of families in custom portrait sessions, either in a studio or outside. Flocks of up to five family members pick the locale of their preference, choosing from the controlled environment of an indoor studio, the magic-hour lighting of a park, or the futuristic ambiance of outer space. For 30 minutes, expert smile catchers document familial relationships, immortalizing a mother’s loving glance at her child, or the flash of fiery embitterment between siblings. Photographs timidly reveal themselves 45 minutes after a studio session, or four days after an on-location shoot, allowing parents to veto shots with half-closed eyes and photo-bombing Sasquatches to select the winning image. Once selected, the portrait transmogrifies into a set of 20 holiday cards to be sent out to update loved ones and make evil twins jealous. For more information, see ultra-spective's Groupon FAQ page.
A family of four poses amid crisp fall leaves, late sunlight casting a warm glow across their smiling cheeks. A newlywed couple beams at each other under a canopy of palm trees. Staff members of a new salon hold a giant pair of scissors, poised to cut the ribbon and the hair of their first giant customer during their opening ceremony. ultra-spective's photographers can capture groups and individuals in nearly any context, and they take a distinctive approach to each—so much so that the studio boasts six different divisions, for family portraits, high-school seniors, art portraiture, weddings, boudoir shoots, and business photography. An all-female team with expertise in lighting and airbrushing directs the boudoir shoots, where they guide subjects in poses designed to make them look svelte and beautiful. For family shoots, they'll gladly venture to a selection of reliably picturesque parks where split-rail fences lean, redwoods loom, and sycamores dapple golden fields with shade. The studio itself has plenty of personality, with chandeliers and black walls lined with hot pink sequins.