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VIA Joins Somerset Commerce

Vortex InterActive joins Somerset KY Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

Vortex InterActive joins Somerset KY Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

It is a benchmark to announce Vortex InterActive’s membership with the Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce. We do not have a physical storefront as of yet, but owning a gallery somewhere along Highway 27 is the future goal. It is my hope to create memorable images people will want to take with them to enjoy viewing or to recreate their moments here when they get back to the comfort of their homes, offices, or wherever they choose. Somerset and Pulaski county have a multitude to offer in terms of scenic views and family entertainment which makes for photographs you wouldn’t want to miss! Vortex InterActive will make the best of area opportunities to provide digital media and photographic services for the good people of Somerset KY and the surrounding Lake Cumberland Area.

Fall photography of an old Short Creek Kentucky Barn

Fall Shot of an old Short Creek Kentucky Barn

Vortex InterActive holds a variety of unique skills due to my background with living in diverse areas. As such, it can meet a wide range needs when it comes to imaging. It has done everything from virtual reality and computer animations for Architects to audio engineering for promotional video productions. Vortex InterActive has a heavy list of photography behind it that includes wedding, product, commercial, fashion, model, senior, macro and pet to specialized long exposure shots both during the day and at night.

Somerset Landscape Photography - Stab Community KY

Somerset Landscape Photography - Stab Community KY

It’s exciting to see the company moving into its 19th year and experience has proven there is no project too large or too small. Vortex InterActive works hard to continually provide top quality services at fair prices. We hope visitors will enjoy our website, and utilize our services. Special thanks goes out to Chris Girdler, Bobby Clue and Jessica Carlton (we are her new neighbor) of the Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and thank you for taking time to read our blog!

Short Creek KY Cave #1 Photograph

Short Creek KY Cave #1

Vortex InterActive to Produce Video Showcase

"Classic JAG" - The Jaguar XK140 makes an exquisite backdrop.

Throughout its 16 years of business, Vortex InterActive has had a variety of outstanding multi-media projects. Though photography and image effects (graphic design, touchup, and enhancement) are the company’s mainstay, we offer much more. This is one of the main reasons for our name rather than “_____name Studio” Vortex InterActive is where various imaging services come together in “Helping People Visually Communicate Incredible Ideas”. Over these years we have shot and produced dozens of videos, and for the first time we are making a Vortex InterActive exclusive so our customers can gain an accelerated understanding of the services we offer.

Cincinnati Fountain Square for Pentax-Ricoh and Cord Camera

Vortex InterActive projects have included direct production in: 3D animation, virtual reality, interactive CD-authoring, musical score composition, audio work, music videos, television commercials, infommercials, logo design, web-design, web-sites, green screen, photos to playable DVD, photography of all kinds; weddings, couples, products, models, architectural, food, pets, and the list goes on.

Vortex InterActive past and/or present clients include: The U.S. Navy, Mitsubishi Motors, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, University of Cincinnati, Kroger’s, Gallerie USA, Christian Dior, Great Oaks, Kathleen Garmany & Platinum IV Salon, Blonde Dog Brewing, Cole & Russell, Grant County, The Graeter Family, Deb Knoske (Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA Pageant Photographer), John Kinsella CMC, FWMCS (World Master Chef), Kathryn Spear (Wellness Coordinator Spear Inc.), The Coy Taylor Band, and Buckeye Field Supply to mention a few that have entrusted us with their projects.

We service many outstanding inviduals throughout the year that make it nearly impossible to mention them all, and we are grateful for every one. It is our hopes this list will include “you” for choosing our services whether it be for a simple photograph or full video production. We enjoy what we do and we enjoy the people we work for: stay tuned to see some highlights of what we’ve done and what we can do for you!

Photographic Retouch & Restoration

Vortex InterActive has dealt with dozens of restorations and retouches throughout its 15 years of service. Some have been relatively simple with minor color and detail enhancements, others quite standard concerning the removal of beauty marks, and yet others more challenging with major elements torn and/or completely missing. Whether for color change, detail enhancement, modeling, magazine layout, funerals, anniversaries, preservation, or whimsical desire, you can rest assured you are receiving the best in the industry. We have even handled corporate photographs for Miss America Pageant Entries, Christian Dior, Galerie USA (Candy and Holiday Gift Supplier to Macy’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Graeters), Krogers and the like under this category. Photographic restorations and retouches are handled on a case-by-case basis in terms of cost. You can find an approximate cost listed on our pricing page to give you an idea.

“I have never seen anyone’s work as good as this! It’s perfect!” – Charlene Lane, funeral restoration.

Genious! You’re like the Houdini of photography; getting my photos out of a tough situation. Your work is brilliant!” – Joe Wolf, Van Halen Retouch.


VIA Photography, Videography and Adobe Class Fees

A Basic Introduction to Digital Photography class is $180.00 for four 2-hour sessions totalling 8 hours of class time at our studio on 821 York Street, Newport, KY. The class meets once per week for one month. Class times vary as invdividuals are paired to accomodate. Classes can be in groups or private.

Contact us for more information or for specifics and rates on Specialized Classes that can be taken at our studio or in the comfort of your own home. We teach, but are not limited to, Animals, Commercial, Food, Flash, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Landscape, Model, Natural Lighting, Night Time, Macro, Portrait, Product, Studio Lighting, Wedding, Pets, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects.

The Question of Security

From time to time, we have been asked, “Who can I trust with my photos and memories?  Is there a place I can trust that won’t copy it for their use? Will it be shipped to another lab? Will it leave your site?” And those are valid questions, especially concerning the proliferation and ease of the digital environment! Can you trust a young employee who might only be in their position until the school year is finished? Can you trust a bigger chain that has little concern for their employees; not to mention the sheer number of them who are often monitored for internal theft or large turnaround? We have worked at places where employees had to be let go due to a stolen video card, money taken from the till, and deep discounts given to family members and contractors; we wouldn’t have guessed and were surprised to find out who at the time!  There are many small details we often observe that from time-to-time legitimately raises these questions.

Having experience, Vortex InterActive works with its eyes wide-open. We know what security means and we want repeat business – trust is something we will not allow to be violated, but can it be proven? History tells:

Throughout the years, Vortex InterActive has been trusted by many fortune five hundred companies with proprietary work that could not be shown publicly nor discussed due to trademark or the prying eyes of competition, companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric and Mitsubishi Motors to name a few.  One that can be discussed is the Health Care Research Center (HCRC) move preparation for P&G from the Sharonville site to its new and current site in Mason. The Sharonville site was massive: the main P&G facility was large enough, but it also included some 18 to 22 separate buildings spread throughout the surrounding area. Workers can only gain keycard-access to their building or in most cases, only the area within the building where they work. We were given access to the entire campus: every building, every space and every piece of equipment for the purpose of generating the first Computer Aided Facilities Management database of its kind. Very few people have ever had that kind of access – only two on site; Bob McDermott, site manager, and his boss who reported from corporate headquarters. After P&G, we moved on to do the same work for The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown which included some design and drafting work under the watch of Tim Timberman, John Siebert, and Marcia Algiers. Companies have performed extensive background checks on the work we provide and they continue to trust what we successfully do. One can rest assured; it is this same trust with which you can place your own precious memories!

Zivan Mendez – Owner/Director Vortex InterActive


The Vortex InterActive Circle

There are artists of various kinds within our family and people we work with whose talent stands head-and-shoulders above everyone else. You will find them seasoning our posts throughout the web whether it be facebook, twitter, google+ or our own website; noted as ”The Vortex InterActive Circle”.

For example, our cousin Greg Mendez is a reknowned metal & stone sculptor whose work has been featured across numerous writeups & magazines and has been commissioned by several cities in Northern Indiana and by Sioux Falls South Dakota. You will find his work posted as from The Vortex InterActive Circle. We also share interesting travel, vacation and parenting articles written by Dianna Mendez who is a talented author looking to publish her books within a couple of years.

Our goal with “The Vortex InterActive Circle” is to promote quality crafstmanship where we can while being an encouragement to family and friends – ultimately we hope you will find interest in what they do as well so be sure to check back frequently! ~Zivan & Melissa Mendez

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