The experienced pilots and capable ground crew at Horizon Helicopter welcome flight seekers to their state-approved helicopter training facility. The school's top pilots offer an introductory flight lesson that guides hoverbird mimickers through all the checks and balances of airborne operation. The FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator keeps flyers grounded as they learn piloting techniques, including instrument operation and positional awareness; all hard-mounted switches and controls replicate those in the real aircraft, including operational gumball machines and Wright Brother bobble heads. The combined effect of wide views and the simulator’s accurate imitation of translational lift and torque transports pilot apprentices into the wild blue yonder without fear of cabin-pressure ear pops. Following this 30-minute simulation, pilot pros will set sail above the clouds with rookies in tow for 30 more minutes, allowing novice fingers a chance to twirl the dials and steer the helicopter's course through the sky.
Ironically named, Our Little Studio utilizes the biggest studio of all: the outdoors. Here, husband-and-wife team Travis and Angie Hill capture clients interacting with their surroundings amid natural light and scenic backdrops. Whereas Travis fields most of the wedding sessions, Angie revels in shooting artistic portraits. In either occasion, their subjects leap from backgrounds with sharp focal contrast or merge with their environments with the smooth, blended edges of a pastel painting. Clients can behold these images afterward with access to an online viewing gallery.
Iron Orchid Photography specializes in on-location portraits of kids, weddings, and families. Elegant moments come to life in snapshots set against backgrounds filled with nature and sunlight, capturing the essences and relationships of individuals or families. Every photography package—be it for a wedding, event, or portrait shoot—includes retouching and an online gallery. Ongoing updates and examples of the studio's work can be found on their blog.
Liz Besanson might be soundly situated in Wilmington, but that doesn't mean her photos are. A specialist in high fashion and beauty photography, her work has made appearances across the globe and the world wide web, from the pages of Gothic Magazine to the Jessica Louise clothing website. She's also spent the last seven years helping models build their portfolios and creating professional headshots for aspiring actors and employees of the month. But while Liz's signature, edgy style has helped her build a reputation in the fashion community, it's her patient demeanor and ease of direction that has mommies-to-be, families, and engaged couples flocking to her 1,200-square-foot studio, where she employs creative lighting and expert retouching skills to produce magazine-quality memories.
With a camera and focused lighting, Kyle McMahon of Elyk Studios Photography crystallizes momentous occasions. Kyle’s portraiture services cover everyone from expectant mothers and newborns to graduating seniors, engaged couples, and those seeking modelling photos. He works with clients to achieve their desired look, whether in photographs or video. For outdoor shoots at important sporting events or favorite highway underpasses, Kyle positions his tripod and calibrates his camera to capture the natural interplay of light and shadow. In addition to traditional photography services, Elyk Studios Photography provides silly booth rentals.
Photographer Sydney Prather’s camera immortalizes special moments in one’s life, from their first soccer goal to their first tattoo. She also helps clients make their own special memories by capturing growing bellies, couples in love, and family portraits.