Though now stationed behind the camera, Melissa Jewel's fascination with photography began in front of the lens. Drawing on her posing experience, the former model strives to maintain a laid-back atmosphere during every shoot. To help achieve this, Melissa hosts sessions snaps a mixture of posed and candid pictures at comfortable locations, which can range from a family's favorite park to her own professional photography studio. In addition to family and boudoir portraits, Melissa accommodates pets, couples, expectant moms, and newborns, whom she photographs when they're eight-weeks old, five- to eight-months old, and one-years old. All of her sessions result in CDs full of edited images, all of which include full printing rights.
What began as a children's portrait studio in 1985 has evolved into Fotographia—an independently owned photography studio where veteran shutterbug Bob Grichuhin captures images of the whole family. Grichuhin has earned certification as a master photographer through the Professional Photographers of America. His work has been recognized by institutions such as the Maryland Professional Photographers Association, and he has served as a judge for a print competition held by the Delaware Professional Photographers organization.
In addition to family portraits and wedding photography, Grichuhin memorializes the smiles of high-school seniors. He snaps his way through both in-studio and outdoor sessions, traveling to a variety of locations or using the natural lighting in his own portrait park—a garden more floral and inviting than a welcome mat painted with Monet's Water Lilies.
Ironically named, Our Little Studio utilizes the biggest studio of all: the outdoors. Here, husband-and-wife team Travis and Angie Hill capture clients interacting with their surroundings amid natural light and scenic backdrops. Whereas Travis fields most of the wedding sessions, Angie revels in shooting artistic portraits. In either occasion, their subjects leap from backgrounds with sharp focal contrast or merge with their environments with the smooth, blended edges of a pastel painting. Clients can behold these images afterward with access to an online viewing gallery.
Rock 'N Body Pole Studio's fleet of instructors enkindle self-confidence in the women that saunter through sassy weekly classes at both the Lutz and Tampa locations. Designed to ease ladies into the practice, the studio's trio of beginning courses require neither dance experience nor fitness prowess. Intro to Pole equips pupils with the sport's fundamentals, such as its signature footwork and a bag of sugar cubes to quell whinnying poles. Further fostering dance floor confidence, Pole 101–enrolled ladies pump up muscular strength and fine-tune their technique. These sessions also pile on performance, as participants master up to three spins while embodying the character of a dancing diva or a Capture the Flag champion. Most students take at least a quartet of Pole 101 lessons before enlisting in more challenging cha-cha styles.
A picture is worth a thousand words, an exchange rate frequently used by Caught By a Flash Photography’s shutterbug, Lisie. By manipulating the composition and content of her images, she aims to tell a story whether she is shooting in her studio or on location. Subjects can choose sites where they feel most comfortable, which could range from their homes to the attached garages where they hide from their toaster collections. Lisie’s past work includes family portraits and pictures of riders and their horses. Her vision also extends to specialty shoots, such as senior portraits for soon-to-be high-school graduates, or wedding packages, which include up to eight hours of nuptials coverage.
The experienced pilots and capable ground crew at Horizon Helicopter welcome flight seekers to their state-approved helicopter training facility. The school's top pilots offer an introductory flight lesson that guides hoverbird mimickers through all the checks and balances of airborne operation. The FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator keeps flyers grounded as they learn piloting techniques, including instrument operation and positional awareness; all hard-mounted switches and controls replicate those in the real aircraft, including operational gumball machines and Wright Brother bobble heads. The combined effect of wide views and the simulator’s accurate imitation of translational lift and torque transports pilot apprentices into the wild blue yonder without fear of cabin-pressure ear pops. Following this 30-minute simulation, pilot pros will set sail above the clouds with rookies in tow for 30 more minutes, allowing novice fingers a chance to twirl the dials and steer the helicopter's course through the sky.