Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
Since 1994, Brit's Brothers Gym has behaved more like a personal-training facility than your standard health club. Though the facility features a slew of exercise equipment and the word "gym" on its sign, owner Olly Pierce and his team of trainers also offer the personal touch of boot camps, nutrition counseling, and, of course, personal training. Additionally, to reach the most exercisers without sacrificing one-on-one time, the team organizes small-group trainings that help build strength and muscle tone while encouraging camaraderie.
A fitness and weight-loss studio, Slim and Tone boasts a beginner-friendly atmosphere filled with exercise equipment, classes, and services. Hydraulic exercise-machines quickly bend to the skill levels of individuals just starting out or experienced lifters, while exercise classes swirl together rhythm and aerobics. Meanwhile, Swedish and deep-tissue massages clear out aches and pains, as tanning and body wraps work on full-body aesthetics.
Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses. A 30-day all-access membership (a $69 value) gives bodies access to enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them capable of running a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud.
For its 50th annual celebration, the Southern Home and Garden Show is showcasing more than 250 exhibitors representing the latest in functional design for home and landscape needs. Visitors can grab a map and explore a 41,000-square-foot maze filled with home furnishings and appliances, including countertops by Star Granite Interiors, backyard grills by the Holland Grill Company, kitchen appliances by Jeff Lynch, garage doors by Carolina Windows and Doors, and a slew of interior-design furnishings and electronics.