Word Photography's staff of warm, welcoming shot snappers helps families add an attractive and ultra-personal touch to the gift-giving season. Immediate family members meet inside a controlled indoor studio for their portrait session, or use the location's manicured landscape as their backdrop, creating more photogenic conditions by harnessing natural light and teams of squirrels with flashlights. Up to two favorite poses go into a gift collection, comprising five prints in any size up to 8"x10". Finally, smiling mugs are immortalized upon 10 holiday cards, which can be sent to 10 rival families as a declaration of superiority. Word Photography may be able to shoot at to off-site locations at an additional charge depending on travel distance.
The staffers at Doggie World Grooming and Boarding radiate a level of playfulness that suits their canine clients to a tee. With good humor and an apt amount of gentleness, they coax dogs into elevated tubs before meticulously grooming them. Their beautification services range from a Basic Bubbles bath to the Fluff Up and Total Bow Wow packages, which can include an ear cleaning and flattering trim. Using specialized shampoos, they reduce shedding, ward off fleas, and brighten coats, and can administer add-ons such as nail polishing, teeth brushing, or lipstick for female bichons primping for a big date. Haircare is not their only specialty, however-they also host pooches for extended stays in their boarding facilities and keep tongues wagging with housemade bacon-flavored dog treats.
At Fun Little Tykes, kids up to age 9 jump and slide through a primary-colored indoor playground as focused on fun as it is on safety and education. The supervised facility features miniature stairstep "roller coasters," a springy jumping area, a clubhouse, and plenty of other intriguing surfaces to climb and crawl over, as well as Zumba dance-fitness and structured classes. And the Tykes team hasn't forgotten about the parents. A cafe offers snacks for sale, as well as a microwave, fridge, and buried treasure chest for snacks brought from home.
By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement?when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
PPA member and photographer Pat Guard employs her more than 40 years of experience to teach students essential camera-commanding techniques in her beginner digital-photography classes. During the three-hour course, approximately 15 shutterbugs learn to use their own DSLR cameras to blend image ingredients such as lighting, composition, exposure, and paprika into snazzy snapshots. Uncover the correlation between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to capture individual droplets during a rainstorm, and finally comprehend the inherent meanings behind the numbers on your digital sidekick, putting control into your hands instead of your camera's finicky non-hands. Throughout, Pat also imparts wisdom regarding cleaning and maintenance processes, camera modes, and appropriate lens selection.