President George Bush. Steve Forbes. Jamie Lee Curtis. Aside from the champagne-flute birthmark all famous people have, these three celebs all share the experience of posing for the cameras of Vickie and Ryan Fellows. Regardless of the A-list status of their clients, the duo treat their subjects to a personable, creative experience. Vickie frames families, kids, and expectant moms while Ryan photographs events and high-school seniors.
Many of these personalized portraiture sessions unfold in the pair's new studio, where clients can pose in the natural light streaming through the windows in the high-ceilinged space. The Fellows also adapt their photojournalistic style to the outdoors by harnessing early morning and late afternoon light to illuminate their subjects. On-location at clients' homes, Vickie and Ryan use studio and natural lighting to ensure the best shots possible. After sessions, the pair perform their own in-house touchups, printing, and framing to preserve your favorite images with products ranging from prints and canvas gallery wraps to DVD slideshows and coffee-table books.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills.
The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
At ABQ’s Playroom, barefoot tykes aged 9 and younger tote tiny shopping baskets through the Discovery Zone, a colorful shopping center replete with cashier station and kitchen. The miniature commercial hub reflects ABQ’s Playroom’s mission to furnish young minds with ample opportunities for role-play and interaction with their peers during unstructured playtime. In addition to the shopping center, children can reenact scenes from their favorite Beckett masterpiece at the puppet theater, or tinker with toys and Wii video games at the School Age Clubhouse. Additionally, instructors complement the unstructured playtime with a variety of enrichment classes that explore music, art, and Lego robotics.
Inside Mary J Mann Photography's west-side studio, expert photographers snap shots of kids, families, and high school seniors, taking their time to capture playful, natural images without directing subjects into strained poses. After ample time in front of the camera, clients review each shot with photographers on a large screen and sample effects such as sepia tones, cropping, and replacing blinking eyes with gigantic butterflies. From there, the Mary J Mann crew uploads images to a professional lab, which prints them on quality photo paper. In addition to prints, Mary J Mann frames pictures with handcrafted canvas wraps, assembles them into books, and burns them onto CDs.
At Sundance Aviation, shimmering fiberglass gliders soar up to 18,000 feet above see level as they cruise over the New Mexico desert. Pilots navigate gliders such as the modern fiberglass Grob 103 high above the air, riding thermal in the summer and mountain wave lifts in the winter. Pilots offer easy-going, scenic tours as well as more acrobatic flights that take passengers on a series of multiple loops, wing-overs, chandelles, and deep stalls.
The certified cooks at The Sassy Apron ease the demands of their clients? busy schedules by preparing healthy meals and delivering them to doorsteps. With more than 15 years of corporate experience, The Sassy Apron offers corporate catering for breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner to pair with meetings, trainings, and office parties. For individual-sized orders, the chefs prepare boxed lunches to fuel time-crunched afternoons.