Memories are precious, but fade and shift in shape as time passes. Photography solidifies those moments for all time, and that's a big reason Orpha M. Palomares dedicates herself to the form. Her dedication exhibits itself in her crisp images bolstered by high-resolution, clear contrast, and sharp colors. It's also shown in the breadth of her subjects, shooting everything from weddings and engagement sessions to portraits of musicians, models, and families. She also lends her talents to local business, enhancing marketing and public relations with artful products and architecture photography.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Janine Presto loves her job. The veteran photographer, who's been snapping photos since her days on the high school yearbook staff, especially loves capturing fleeting moments and preserving them for her clients. Propelled by the belief that "every moment of our lives is precious," Presto shoots a wide variety of milestones, from baptisms and weddings to barbecues and dress-up parties.
If memories are treasures, pictures from Couture Portrait Studio are the treasure chests that hold them for generations. Families, high-school seniors, expectant mothers, and precocious newborns arrive at the studio to be immortalized in two dimensions. However clients wish to remember the present moment, the Couture photographers customize sessions to suit their needs.
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.
Led by an experienced faculty, Cordovan School of the Arts teaches students the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and photography. Classes are held weekly and offered by age group: elementary, youth, teen, and adult. For ladies looking to reignite their art-spark, Cordovan art school offers the series: ladies art night out, which is customized for women to cultivate their creative talents. In the spirit of the Grouponicus season, the registration fee of $25 is waived when students enroll for a class using their Groupon. Students may enroll online or over the phone and registration is recommended at least one week in advance of the first class.