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.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
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.
Referencing his 20 years of experience, skilled shutterbug Richard Maglievaz oversees digital-photography classes for artists of all experience levels. He ensures that whether they teach general classes for beginners or more specialized sessions covering lighting, aperture, or night photography, all instructors are field-tested and capable of being caught on film. Some classes venture out on field trips to such spots as the Houston Zoo, while others stay in the studio for technical lessons.
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.