Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Shotsy Photography's camera maven sees the world in snapshots. Each moment that flicks by is rich with meaning and emotion. Her passion for pictures is infectious and on full display during photo shoots for kids, families, and couples. Besides portraits, she covers special events such as weddings and arranges classy and empowering boudoir photo sessions.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where professional photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a professional, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket or a family heirloom. From a first baby portrait to senior pictures and engagement photos, JCPenney Portraits helps to preserve special family memories to come.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond traditional printed portraits, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution CD, gallery wraps, wall art, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Edward J. Parent specializes in portraits, capturing shots of families, models, and children in his downtown studio. He also brings his photography talents on-location to immortalize memories of special events, such as weddings, sweet 16s, or senior portraits for graduation.
No surface can resist the image transfers performed by Unique Creations Embroidery & Printing's staff. Armed with thread and ink, the staff makes photographs leap from digital files to canvas prints, and its embroidery stitches add visual interest to any garment. The team uses its skills to create company garments or allow artists to make their two-dimensional creations wearable.
The craft hobbyists at Paper! Paper! enlighten their art-minded pupils about fun techniques for creating personalized scrapbooks in hands-on tutorials. Tailored to novice scrapbookers, this 90-minute session?with about 12 participants in each class?teaches basic skills required for scrapbooking, including how to use the appropriate tools, how to adorn and decorate a book, and how to properly showcase the ribbons from various pancake eating contests. During the class, aspiring scrapsters will create their own one-page layout filled with colorful designs and photos. Paper! Paper! will supply all the necessary materials, although students will have to provide their own memories, be they real or borrowed from Little House on the Prairie