As a law school graduate, self-taught photographer Jim Harmer understands how difficult it can be to take up a new hobby while juggling other responsibilities. That's why he founded Improve Photography, a website that offers 30-day online photography courses, allowing students to learn at their own pace and in the comforts of their own home. Along with fellow photographer Dustin Olsen, Harmer teaches students of all levels the skills to take great photos in 10-minute video lessons that can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, or the computer chip in your brain.
Their courses acquaint beginners with the basics, and also, for more advanced students, focus on more specific facets of the art including business of photography, portrait photography, and Photoshop. Though the classes are online, students bring their newly found skills to the real world through photo challenges, and receive constructive feedback on their photos from Harmer and Olsen.
World travelers Michael Bodine and Rose Neitzell share a passion for health and natural healing. Drawing upon the things they've learned on their journeys, they help clients find relief from stress and pain during massage and bodywork sessions. Michael's specialty lies in structural integration and myofascial release, which can improve range of motion and thereby facilitate a smoother golf swing or a more pendulous grandfather-clock impersonation. Rose's background as a practitioner at international spas has taught her the joys of working with clients from diverse backgrounds, as well as varied skincare and detox regimens.
Founded in 2009 by mother-daughter duo Cate Tedeski and Clarisa Knepprath, Yoga Babes welcomes female yogis of any age and skill level. The cozy studio accommodates smaller classes that facilitate personal interaction and thumb wars with the instructor. During warm yoga classes, the temperature summits at 85 degrees to promote detoxification and circulation. Mommy & Me classes synchronize moms and kids in poses that tone the body, whereas fitness-hooping classes evoke the childlike spirit within grown women. The studio supplies custom, handmade hoops for hooping classes, sparing students the trouble of haggling one from the nearest Girl Scout troop. Visit the studio’s schedule for a full list of classes and times.
Improvolution?s motto is ?live funny, die laughing,? and although it?s a slightly edgy sentiment, the troupe promises that its shows are clean enough for kindergarteners, grandparents, and everyone in between. The crew, whose managing director is also a regular cast member, regularly stages evenings of short-form comedy at their new venue or at business and birthday functions. Continual audience interaction and occasional wacky props produce a stream of new inspirations for the performers as they build quick scenes or even stage a rap video at a moment?s notice. The troupe also spearheads workshops in the art, helping aspiring actors flex their adlibbing abilities and audiences break through debilitating suggestion-shouting blocks.
The team at PPG Pittsburgh Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple sheens of Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.) and Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) paint stand ready to replace previous exterior embellishments, such as presidential portraits painted in mustard. Silken Touch paints ($54.19+/gal.) beautify interiors, and Olympic stains help prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.