Hello Video & Photo Studio documents its clients' milestones in life, from bar and bat mitzvahs to weddings, with memorable portraiture and video artistry. Photographers capture not only posed portraits, but candid moments of family bliss and loving glances between newlyweds, resulting in treasured albums handmade by an in-house design team.
Local artists congregate at Jersey City Art School—not just to teach, but to learn. Through four- and eight-week class sequences, as well as occasional one-time workshops, artists of all skill levels flesh out their portfolios, hone existing techniques, or try out entirely new disciplines. The sessions run the gamut of styles, from digital photography and pottery to painting with watercolors or a bunch of Capri Sun flavors.
Before Roberta Fineberg was an award-winning photographer, author, and teaching artist, she was a newbie, giddy with excitement when the Saturday Review published one of her photographs. Before long, her work appeared in French magazines and on book jackets for publishers such as Harcourt and Simon & Schuster. Her love of pets lead to the writing of her first book, City Riders, a story in words and pictures about three teenage girls in New York City and their shared love of horses, published by Macmillan.
When she isn't snapping dramatic portraits or offering her skills to businesses in need of creative advertising, she chronicles events and cultural milestones in her signature candid, emotional style. Roberta also shares her experience and skill with others during NYC Spark your Creativity workshops, designed to get students off the beaten path, looking at the city in a new light to boost their creativity. Today, Roberta's photography can be found in France at the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, as well as in the United States and Russia. When she isn't snapping dramatic portraits or offering her skills to businesses in need of creative advertising, she chronicles events and cultural milestones in her signature candid, emotional style.
Roberta also shares her experience and skill with others by teaching workshops and classes. She can often be seen roaming the streets of New York, hopping from island to island as she encourages her pupils to see photography as an adventure in experimentation. As part of her educational outreach, Roberta helps struggling middle-school students and adults who speak English as a second language to improve their linguistic repertoire through photographic excursions and friendly conversations.
New York City Photo Safari coordinates year-round educational excursions that blend hands-on photography lessons with tours of NYC's most famous locales. Owner Diem "Zim" Pham—who works as a travel photographer, a position that often requires the skills to create compelling images in less-than-ideal conditions—and Zim’s team of instructors are all professional photographers currently working in the industry. Safari sizes stay cozy at no more than eight people, allowing for a wealth of personalized feedback and troubleshooting advice for each apprentice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art safari employs the lauded museum halls as a setting for lessons in the use of light and how to overcome difficult lighting challenges, whereas the avant-garde High Line Elevated Park course instructs eyes in the art of composition. Aspiring politicos can embark on the City Hall safari, which fills memory cards with crisp shots of neo-classic architecture and caped superheroes flying to and from the mayor’s office.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
Kathy Antar opened The Sewing Studio planning to provide sewing services for design professionals and event producers, but was soon flooded with phone calls and emails from people who simply wanted to know how to use their sewing machines. To meet that need, The Sewing Studio began to offer a selection of beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewing classes. During each 2.5-hour session, students learn how to thread machines, wind the bobbin, and practice various stitches using their own machines. In addition to classes, Kathy custom-designs furniture upholstery, bedding, and window coverings and supplies expert design-consultation services, which can transform a client's dream design into a tactile reality.