Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
Forgive Me Not Photos' quick-shooting booths and tents artfully preserve memories during snapshot-worthy shindigs of all kinds. With a photo-booth rental, up to four people can pile into the booth's cozy confines to pose for a series of prop-aided shots. Larger tents accommodate up to a dozen photogenic revelers for mass displays of camaraderie not seen since Benjamin Franklin first invented the hug. Snapshot stations are delivered to events by an attendant who remains onsite to aid patron usage and deal with any machine snafus. Shoots instantly yield two strips of four shots each, and an album of the day’s shots with accompanying comments from the guests can be created the same day. After events conclude, patrons can order a DVD of all the prints and access a catalog of the pictures online, allowing them to order extra copies to stuff into home albums or the hand of the nearest casting agent.
At Pictures Plus, teams of framing technicians help preserve and display customers’ precious artwork and images with mounting and framing services. The walls of the studio beckon to visitors with rows of leather, pewter, and enamel frames for protecting art and family photos. They can also peruse shadow boxes, good for preserving and presenting medals, seashells, and collections of celebrity toenail clippings. The shop’s Urban Ashes collection allows framing experts to preserve Michigan's precious natural resources through the use of locally salvaged materials and scrap ash wood.
Created by actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter, Jewelmint offers a collection of custom baubles?including earrings, necklaces, and bracelets?to fit any style. Take the Jewelmint Style Quiz to determine your fashion preferences and the likelihood you'll get into an Ivy League school, then choose from custom jewelry that's been hand-selected each month by a team of stylists and designers. Based on your quiz score, five jewelry pieces will be displayed in a private virtual showroom, allowing you to examine each one from the privacy of your panic room. A subscription to Jewelmint also gets you access to personal style tips, weekly trend reports, and fashion secrets. Jewelmint?s gems are shipped for free, easy to return, and taste great with apple pie.
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.
The 5,100-square-foot studio at Photo Studio Group is a blank canvas upon which a community of visiting and member artists stages their craft. For an hourly rate, photographers can click their shutters at a professional studio backdrop and use lights, backgrounds, and grip equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. A series of workshops bring the ins and outs of the industry into focus, including a class on studio techniques that covers set design, hair and makeup collaboration, and teaching mannequins to hold a pose. Photo foundations workshops focus on topics such as camera equipment and composition, and Photoshop workshops introduce students to the image-enhancing software and other Creative Suite applications. Photo Studio Group also hosts a pro lecture series, where esteemed photographers and designers chat about their techniques in a casual setting.