Every time Allyn Brown snaps a photo, he’s contributing to a legacy that first began in 1945 when Carlton O'Neal founded his eponymous studio. After training under Mr. O’Neal, Allyn took the reigns of O’Neals Photography Studio with his wife, Kris, some 20 years ago, and today the two continue to practice their mentor’s teachings while incorporating contemporary techniques and tools. The duo specializes in family and senior portraits and wedding photography, using their carriage house studio’s varied gardens and fountains to serve as picturesque backdrops.
Over the course of 25 years of dry cleaning, the staff at Boston Cleaners has developed an efficient cleaning regime dubbed The 13 Travels of Your Garment. The process begins with a warm welcome, during which the staff enters each item into a computer system before inspecting and sorting each piece. Then, cleaners apply one of 20 stain-removal detergents, clean garments with eco-friendly machines, and steam them to release wrinkles and cook any long-forgotten, pocketed dumplings. Garments are then given a hand finish, inspected one last time, and delivered to their owners in protective packaging.
Owner Bobby Holland, boasting more than 40 years of experience, and his team of dry-cleaning doyens restore garments to gleaming glory with a laundry list of services and pickup and delivery options. Dry cleaning grants two-piece suits ($13.99) a water-free purification, as well as removes stains from sullied slacks ($6.99) or paintball-spattered blouses ($6.99). Or opt to give bedraggled bedding a summer sprucing with services that erase wrinkles from blankets, bedspreads, and comforters (all $18.50+). The Holland Cleaners also specializes in treating beaded and sequined items, using friendly solvents that offer a gentle yet thorough cleansing to ensure garments come back devoid of discoloration, loose fabric festoons, or limburger-shellacked trimming.
For Leila, Seriously Sexy Boudoir's resident shutterbug, sexiness isn't about how much skin a woman shows, but how she shows it. During one- to two-hour boudoir and maternity boudoir sessions in a private, female-only studio, her all-women team guides guests through each pose. Whether with a suggestively arched back, pouty lips, or a flirtatious wink, the team works to ensure that every image has a sultry touch devoid of redeye, which only serves to seduce Terminators. For an additional fee, Leila provides professional hair and makeup work, top-notch lighting, impressive sets, and appropriate wardrobe suggestions to enhance the experience even more.
Afterward, Leila invites clients back for an unveiling, where they can review every image and examine samples of products that can preserve their favorite shots. Leila digitally retouches each picture in her digital darkroom before creating prints, high-resolution images, or photo albums.