Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
Upholders of ancient Roman mosaic techniques since their foundation in 1990, Glass Mosaic Canada?s team of knowledgeable artisans outfits shoppers with mosaic-making supplies while helming hands-on art courses, which are ideal for summer activities, birthday parties, and pupils of all ages. Staffers bustle about the store stocking shelves with a glittering selection of tiles and tesserae imported from across the globe along with handy tools and accessories. Sage instructors employ upward of 10 years of teaching experience to impart their tile-centric prowess upon students during interactive courses and workshops that teach both basic and advanced mosaic applications depending on students' experience levels and any mosaic work done in a previous life. While specializing in all things mosaic, the store?s staff also works with homeowners to create in-home mosaics and stained-glass pieces to beautify domestic planes.
For nearly five decades, G & K Picture Frame Canada has been protecting keepsakes from the wear and tear of time⎯and they do so in style. With four shops scattered across Ontario, the family-owned business presents its clients with hundreds of custom framing options and combinations. Expert staff members at each location help navigate the oasis of choices, flexing their framing muscles by putting everything from diplomas and sports jerseys to exotic brochures and clothing behind glass. They can also safeguard 3-D objects and bulkier relics, such as guitars and needlepoint creations.
Lomography celebrates the analogue photography movement with a well-stocked array of cameras, accessories, and other goodies ideal for snapping colorfully quaint images on film. The name stems from an early-'90s fascination with the Russian Lomo Kompakt Automat camera, which inspired a photography style centered around producing spontaneous images with deep saturation, vibrant colors, and brooding existentialism. Lomography color-negative 100 35mm film ($7.90 / pack of 3) supplies ample artistic ammunition, while rare accessories, such as a fisheye submarine ($69) or the Diana F+ 110mm telephoto lens ($35) spark creative visual juices like a mural of Vincent Van Gogh's ear set aflame.
Since 1966, G&K Picture Frame Warehouse's specialists have matched attractive frames with a variety of keepsakes. They cut and join wooden frames to fit around diplomas, photos, oil paintings, prints, certificates, jerseys, and other memorabilia, protecting them from stains, rips, and bodychecks from houseguests. In addition, they use their computer skills to print canvases and retouch photos. G&K performs all services entirely in-house.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.