For 60 years, Photos Unlimited's large network of experienced photographers—selected through a rigorous screening process—have been capturing the personalities of families, kids, and pets with their in-studio and outdoor photo shoots.
Photos Unlimited now captures on-location photo sessions, too, including snaps of engaged couples walking hand in hand or images of newly married couples performing the traditional cake toss. And its photographers can work with clients to create professional-looking advertisements and press releases for their businesses.
After photo sessions conclude, photographers print out high-resolution digital images, put them on CDs, or add them to Photos Unlimited's online and mobile platforms.
At Experience Photography, seasoned photographers converge to conduct photo shoots and swap skills inside a 1,500-square-foot studio. On the main floor, a cyclorama wall, green screen, and props enhance photo shoots, and a sturdy lock keeps out photo-bombing mayors. Upstairs, photographers impart their wisdom to shutterbugs of all levels during workshops, which cover topics such as composition and studio portraiture.
Lou and Marianne Fenninger founded Art Source in 1978 in a 200-square-foot basement. When demand for the couple's poster prints exploded, they soon expanded their products and services. Within a few years they'd outgrown the basement, and moved into the 6,000-square-foot showroom they occupy today.
Nowadays, Art Source reaches every corner of the globe, distributing art for both retail and wholesale clients as far-flung as Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. The shop helps customers find perfect pieces for complementing their room decor and covering up unsightly fire extinguisher cases with 10,000 stock images of classic, modern, local, and international art, as well as an original art design service, all available for custom printing. Additionally, Art Source's staff help patrons preserve cherished pieces with custom framing services that can wrap works of any size in a carefully designed and assembled border.
Touting a degree in Fine Arts, Framing Dames owner Catherine Hawthorn helms art classes and assists her customers in tastefully preserving their work and memorabilia with custom framing. Adults and kids aged 6–13 can learn how to draw, paint, and sculpt in a variety of classes and workshops, then hone their creative skills at home through a wide selection of art supplies available for purchase. On the framing side of the shop, the crew encloses two-dimensional masterpieces or napkins commemorating a first taste of nachos in acid-free materials designed for museum-quality protection. Three-dimensional objects, such as jerseys, can also be preserved by framing with matte and glass. In support of her community and charities, Catherine keeps a gallery dedicated to local artists and works to raise funds for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. She shows off her skills and shares her vast knowledge in her webinar series.
Sometimes, photos are too good to exist solely in the digital world. Luckily, Inkdoodle gives folks multiple options for designing professional-grade prints of their favourite images. Their menu of photo enhancements is exhaustive, and includes everything from simple colour and brightness adjustments to repairing tears or removing people from group pictures. You can also work with an Inkdoodle designer to print photos onto gallery-wrapped canvas, puzzles, coasters, magnets, or aluminum sheets, the latter of which adds an authentic touch to Tin Man's head shots. Completed designs can be shipped anywhere in Canada or the U.S., though locals have the option to pick up prints at their Markham storefront.
Inkdoodle transforms customers into artists. The website lets people upload a favorite photo—such as a family portrait or a candid shot at the park—and have the image printed directly on a gallery-wrapped canvas or metal photo piece. For canvas wrapped prints (not available for metal prints), specialists help augment customers' self-selected artworks with color-control and image-enhancement systems that bolster hues and sharpen lines. Once the image is appropriately distinct and colorful, they transfer it onto canvas or metal piece with large format printers, saving their computers the hassle of learning to hold a paintbrush.