The skillful photo snappers at Photo Studio Photography know that some clients may feel a little squeamish in front of the lens, so they go the extra step to put subjects at ease. While other photographers may be taskmasters in their approach, spitting out pose commands and bellowing the names of different types of cheese, Photo Studio shutterbugs collaborate with their clients, soliciting their feedback on how they would like to approach the shoot. The collegial approach engenders more candid photos, promising top-notch pictures whether clients are posing during family, engagement, or senior photo shoots, or just enjoying the party at a wedding reception. In addition to conventional shoots and event coverage, Photo Studio Photography offers fashion-style photo shoots to teenage or adult humans or manikins.
Lazy Day Raft Rentals gears up families and friends and floats them on tranquil cruises along the Bow and Elbow Rivers. A family raft package furnishes four splashing sojourners with life coats, two paddles, one pump, a puncture-resistant raft, and a water gun for holding up stunning riverbanks. Rentals span 24 hours, so river rovers can leisurely splash over the peaceful waters of the Elbow River and sail the raucous, yet navigable, currents of the Bow before returning to any land vehicles left snugly in Lazy Day's free parking lot. Most journeys last two to five hours and glide by such scenic sights as the Calgary Zoo, Shouldice Park, Bowness Park, and plenty of skinny-dipping trout.
Oral Spa's aesthetic professionals brighten bodies inside and out by dispensing products and services that harness the power of LED light, oxygen, and other essential ions. The beauty experts can detoxify the body through an ionic footbath or whiten chompers with LED lights that remove stains left from munching coffee-coloured crayons. At the oxygen bar, selections from up to 12 aromas waft into noses to relax and reenergize bodies.
Oral Spa’s team also helps clients stay healthy between treatments with take-home products such as a nano cup that infuses drinking water with alkaline and filters out most microscopic carcinogens and candy sprinkles.
Situated just off the banks of Calgary’s Bow river in Eau Claire, Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse & Bar features views of Prince’s Island Park pathways from three different dining rooms. Along with a huge selection of fresh fish—including Alaska King crab legs, Arctic char, and Pacific oysters—the eatery uses AAA Sterling Silver Alberta Beef for its juicy filet mignons and New York strips. Steaks can be combined with Nova Scotia sea scallops, lobster tail, or other fresh shellfish. Pasta dishes also take advantage of the fresh fish, with options such as the salmon linguine in an herbed lobster bisque sauce.
In addition to three dining rooms that pair the elegance of white-linen dining with the flair of animal-print chairs, Oceana’s lounge area helps diners cozy up with two fireplaces, leather club chairs, and clamshell booths taken from undersea toll ways. In the warmer months, the patio opens for additional dining space surrounded by lush greenery and potted plants. This comfort and hospitality is the vision of founder Nick Papaioannou, a transplant from Greece who has worked in Calgary restaurants for more than 40 years.
Sumo Lounge's chefs elevate sushi to high art with colorful swirls of sauce and meticulously arranged garnishes. Diners can appreciate these edible masterpieces individually, or sample a variety in the Sumo Dohyo platter, which arrives in a small wooden boat loaded with enough sushi and sashimi for multiple people or pelicans masquerading as people. The chefs also extend their expertise to other traditional Asian staples, including chicken teriyaki and hot-pot muscles. Guests can watch these culinary Picassos work their magic from the sleek, TV-equipped bar, or head outside to catch breezes on the outdoor patio.
Hosted by the Arthritis Research Foundation, Power of Movement fundraises for the foundation through yoga sessions held across the country. The event, which raised $10,000 during its inaugural fundraiser and now features 2,000 participants across Canada raising $1.6 million, began in 2005 when Dorna Chee found herself hospitalized after being diagnosed with lupus. As a yoga instructor, she turned to her breathing exercises to help manage pain and achieve mental calmness during her hospital stay. She experienced substantial benefits, and thought to share them with the world. She pitched an idea for a yoga-based event, with proceeds benefiting the Arthritis Research Foundation. Participants fundraise to support the foundation.and also take a Power of Movement yoga class, which vary by location.