The team at Lynn Greene Photography has been snapping shots together since 2006—long enough to know that the most important part of their job is, by a happy coincidence, also the most fun. Each session begins with some lighthearted goofing around, establishing a playful tone that helps most people strike a relaxed pose. Their clients range from families to high-school seniors to sexy boudoir models, and they never fail to elicit a natural smile from any of the above. That said, they know when to get serious. They often help out corporate professionals looking for business headshots to separate them from the pack.
Immediately after holding an in-studio or outdoor session, clients are invited to preview their images at the studio. While there, they can decide which pictures to preserve as prints, in coffee-table books, or on fake dollar bills.
Hosted by the upscale Bistro 33 El Dorado, the 2011 Summer Dance Party shuffles feet with musical stylings by Lovefool. A pop cover band playing exclusively '90s hits, Lovefool awakens dormant running-man moves with unforgotten favorites from the sensorial spectrum of Vanilla Ice, Salt-n-Pepa, Green Day, and The Cardigans. Amphitheater space allows for open-air grooving and long-distance slap-bracelet attempts. Dancers can warm up before the show and take in the restaurant’s full food and drink menu, which sates grumbling tummies with a selection of soups, salads, paninis, and other upscale bistro fare.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests share in the intense workout with other women, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers don't have to reset the equipment before moving onto the recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity. At the end of the session, exercisers will have received a total body workout, the equivalent of weight lifting and cardio combined.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
Total Nutrition amplifies weight-loss regimens and fitness routines with a vast roster of vitamins, health supplements, and other workout boosters. All-purpose protein powders such as Muscle Milk fortify muscles' tiny carpenters with the tools they need to build new additions, and multivitamins and health boosters spur energy levels and aid weight loss by infusing the body with the same extra nutrients found in unappetizing algae bars. Staffers also offer free diet consultations with every purchase, spotting clients with tips on maintaining a healthy BMI or choosing the best triple cheeseburgers to use as dumbbells.
As a psychotherapist, Michaela works predominantly with children, couples, and families to help them work through conflict and find personal clarity. With a masters in psychology, she's helped patients using a variety of methods, including experiential therapy and therapy animals. When it comes to the latter, she often works with dogs or horses, which help patients learn about themselves through unique interactions with the animals. Over a span of 10 years working with therapy animals, she's learned how they can promote healing for anyone from patients in hospital trauma units to children.