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Commercial Documentation

As an update, here is the premiere photo from our shoot:

Compare the post-production to the original: the post production took 8 hours to complete and involved adding a person for scale, adding the company’s logo, adjusting the exposure of the background, taking the machinery itself to “ground level” by removing the steel posts - a lot of getting it to look right had to do with adding shadows underneath each beam – and parts removal from the perimeter.

Truly, no job is too big or too small! Vortex InterActive has plenty of experience documenting larger commercial machinery such as the one shown in this test photo below:

  Upon completion, this production line machinery will take 14 to 15 semi-tractor trailers to relocate it to it’s permanent facility. The overall cost is in the millions. Size; approximately 25 feet high, 40 feet wide by 150 feet in length (-180 with conveyors in place).

We are proud to have the resources to document larger machinery accurately and with proper lighting. In the past, Vortex InterActive has done similar work in animation for Procter & Gamble, Mitsubishi Motors, & General Electric. Kudos goes out to Steve Barnett, Melissa Mendez, and Jennifer Brogan who assisted on this exciting, and somewhat massive project!


Slimmest Success Weight Loss Challenge

It was exciting to have worked with Katy Spear of Spear Inc. located in Mason Ohio. I am very happy to have done the video work along with the photography and some minor background work for her new website which can be found at:

Katy is the Wellness Coordinator for Spear and has developed and run a weight loss program affecting over 100 workers at their headquarters in Mason. Collectively, the employees have lost over 1,800 lbs. in the course of just 3 months! The program has been definitely both successful and well recieved. The program is currently being replicated at their Tennessee location where the “Challenge” will gain evem more momentum.

Katy has magnificent drive and enthusiasm. It’s clear she is well respected, even loved by the employees, and deserves to be. I have no doubt that besides the work productivity increase, she has been a major influence and has impacted lifestyle changes that has improved the quality of life for many if not saved some lives entirely due to diabetes, heart conditions, high cholestorol and the like. Congrats and good luck to Katy Spear!

High School Senior Photos & Prints

Check out our photography for your High School Senior Photos:

We understand a lot of students had scheduled photo sessions in the fall for this years graduation, but there’s still time left for those needing to have Senior pictures taken. We offer the most complete package in addition to the Photography; Style, Location, Photoshop Editing, Collage Creation. Our session price includes a DVD of your digital negatives and PRINTS! We control the printing process and adjust for exposure and color balance where needed. Get the look you want!

Senior Session, 3 to 5 hours, $390.00, 3 to 4 changes, (3)8×10′s (6)5×7′s, (16) wallets (same photo only on wallets) We also offer larger print packages or a-la-carte; please ask!

Call 513-432-4000 or e-mail us at to schedule your shoot today!

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.


Vortex InterActive for Blonde Dog

Vortex InterActive Owners, Zivan & Melissa Mendez, are proud to have produced art and design-work for The Blonde Dog Brewing Company, LLC out of Batavia Ohio established in 2012. Zivan is excited to have been additionally hired as Blonde Dog’s Media Director as of early November 2012 and has been busy working custom photos in Photoshop and Illustrator since. Plans to introduce the Blonde Dog Pale Ale for sampling, and the general public, are about two to three months out. Six months from now, The Blonde Dog should be out in force and “coming to a glass near you!”

The Brewers of Blonde Dog Brewing Co. have strong naval military backgrounds. This includes Blonde Dog’s Operations Officer, Bill Greenwald, who is also an active flight instructor for the support group assisting the USS George H.W. Bush, the world’s largest and most revered aircraft carrier, in operations across the globe.

Some of the label designs and brew names are indeed military based and patriotic in nature. It is our hopes if you love Freedom and the USA, you’ll love our beverages as the exceptional ale brewed for exceptional people.

Visit the  Blonde Dog site or call direct for more information on pricing or how to obtain this refreshing and satisfying product for you or your retail establishment, 513-432-4000.

VIA Supports Young&United

I have known Ben Lebovitz for about 6 or 7 years now. He is a brilliant designer, artist and photographer who can now add visionary and young business entrepreneur to this list. I have always enjoyed our time together whether discussing equipment, photo techniques or simply a good dinner together. I am very grateful for the photo shoot we did a few Christmases ago; it was a great encouragement during a transitional time in my life. I fully support his efforts and undertaking, please take a moment to review his project by watching this video backed by a simple dollar donation (more if you can). His success and the success of Young & United can only be made by you: your support is both needed and appreciated! In the words of Kathleen Garmany regarding Y&U, “Take “US” back, the USA that is.. I support this, please share and support if you believe.”

Thanks and God Bless!
~Zivan Mendez

About Deb Knoske

Deb Knoske

Debra Gilbert Knoske has been involved in the fashion and photography industry for over 25 years. A former New Mexico’s Junior Miss and Finalist at the Miss Alabama Pageant, she has worked as a model on the runway, in print and on television including commercials for Oil of Olay and Delta Air Lines.

With her industry knowledge, experience behind the camera and artistic passion, Deb’s natural talents shine in each shot capturing every emotion in thoughtful playful and dramatic photos.

Currently Deb works with actors, models and top agencies from New York, Miami and Paris. She also works with families and corporations creating one-of-a-kind images. Her energetic personality and creative eye brings out the best in her clients, resulting in artistic custom photos. Deb’s work has also been featured on CD’s for several national recording artists.

Deb specializes in natural location photography and travels the country to find perfect clothing, accessories and locations so each session is fun from start to finish and tailored to the individual. Close attention to detail sets her apart from the rest so every photo has a style and story all it’s own.


FREE Open Studio Workshop Dec 1st, 2012

On Dec 1st, Cord Camera will hold a FREE Open Studio Workshop at Vortex InterActive Studios, 821 York Street in Covington, KY. Bring your camera and receive helpful shooting tips with real answers provided by Cord Camera Associates, or come…as you are to see how a studio setup can work for you. Get to see Cord Camera products used to create the imagery. Get to work with live models, hair and makeup by Kathleen Garmany, and gain an understanding of light modification. Additional insight to shooting with natural light provided by Deb Knoske and insight to shooting with studio light provided by Zivan Mendez. Attendees receive a 10% coupon off Lighting and ProMaster Items and 50% off PhotoClub Membership – See a Cord Associate for details. It’s a great way to grab some savings for the upcoming Holidays while learning through this unique experience!

Highfield Discovery Garden For Sale

Photos of the Highfield Discovery Garden, within Glenwood Gardens, is now for sale through Vortex InterActive: this is a limited edition 8″x10″ print with only 200 signed copies for sale at $60.00 each. The photo comes framed within the green matte and beautiful distressed black wooden frame featured below:

Children's Highfield Discovery Garden Pond

20% of each sale will go towards the Highfield Discovery Garden’s Children’s Education Program. The second image is of the Gleenwood Garden Welcome Center and Gift Shop. Both images were HDR (High Dynamic Range) processed for better color and detail beyond what ordinary photography can capture. Shipping is available, contact us for details 513-432-4000 or by email.  
Glenwood Discovery Gardens

Vortex InterActive in 20/20 Magazine

As the world’s leading optical publication, 20/20 inspires eyecare professionals, advertising clients and eyewear consumers to successfully brave the exciting and ever-changing scenario of eyewear and sunwear. Number one in readership, 20/20 reaches a circulation of over 49,500 subscribers and now countless consumer followers via Facebook, Twitter and 2020mag mobile apps. With over 35 years of optical expertise, 20/20 continues to establish itself as an invaluable source in delivering the best in fashion trending, branding, style, technology and product news with a unique and personalized delivery. In a powerful blend of print, Web and social media 20/20 energizes the optical arena with bold images, striking eyewear and an up-to-the minute editorial point of view.

20/20 Article by Dr. Palmer Cook with Vortex InterActive Credit

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