Michael Lamb’s signature photographic style combines his 15 years' experience shooting authentic, contemporary portraiture with the photojournalistic techniques he honed when capturing images of the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves, which were published in Sports Illustrated. Along with fellow photographer Meredith Cox, he chronicles milestone events such as marriages from the time of the engagement to the toss of the bouquet, as well as capturing stunning family portraiture that is ideal for gracing homes, offices, or hometown billboards. In addition to photography services, the artists share their artistic and professional wisdom through photography classes that range from portrait workshops to in-depth classes for specific cameras such as Nikon, Canon, and Olympus. The photographers also offer photo-booth rental services, which print goofy party favors for guests and offer momentary refuge for socially awkward party clowns.
Design With Wine's founders—the mother-and-daughter team of Joan and Susan Earle—supply their students with almost everything they need to have artistic, entertaining nights. The only things they ask students to bring are their favorite beverages, which can be beer, wine, nonalcoholic drinks, or champagne, which is also what most artists use to add sparkle to their paintings. Their BYOB painting classes contain ingredients to nurture students’ inner artists, from paintbrushes and canvases to helpful tips for vividly rendering the nights' subjects. During each two- to three-hour session, instructors take students through the entire painting process step by step from beginning to end, and they leave no individual stranded or helpless. At the end of each night, students walk away with their colorful paintings, mementos of their experiences that add aesthetic appeal to walls.
Canvas- or pottery-painting classes are fun, but you can't eat your creation after you're finished. Cakes By U thinks that's a shame, which is why it's dreamed up a new twist on the DIY party theme: cake decorating. Here, the staff take care of the baking, whipping up treats ranging from cupcakes to two-layer stackable cakes, but leave the frosting and decorating to guests. Customers then bring the creativity as staff provide all necessary decorations and tools?including frosting, sprinkles, and icing bags?along with easy-to-follow instructions that enable guests to create the dessert of their dreams. Drop-in sessions are available for customers who want to indulge their sweet side on a whim, while the shop also hosts birthday parties and girls' nights out, during which, party guests are welcome to bring in food and beverages to enjoy while they work.
Inspired by the bright, rich colors of 18th-century French and Swedish design, longtime Greenville resident Jennie Leigh Gainey revitalizes tired old home decor or furniture pieces with a distinct aesthetic that Town magazine calls "Alice in Wonderland meets Ethan Allen." Gainey's refurbished furniture pieces evoke simultaneous airs of refined gentility and informal hominess, like an ivy-covered country manor or an English baron in sweatpants. Having traded in the makeup brushes she once used to makeover the likes of Matthew McConaughey for more conventional art supplies, Gainey uses coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to impart an antique finish to nearly any surface. Eager DIY-ers can gather to glean her technique during relaxed BYOB painting parties.
With a bachelor's degree in piano pedagogy and a master's in elementary education, Jessica Benitez is well equipped to teach students to read music, play music, and even compose their own songs. During performance classes, students gather to tickle the ivories for an audience of supportive peers. Jessica holds classes at her studio and in her home, and can also travel to students’ homes for lessons.