When you look at the DeSerra portfolio, you might notice that no two pictures seem to be shot in the same style. That's because for more than a decade, DeSerra has artfully documented clients for just about any need, be it a portrait, fashion, studio, editorial, or a commercial shoot. But whatever a shoot calls for, the San Diego-based company's main focus remains the same: adapt every session to the unique style of the client. That dedication to customer needs also plays a big role in DeSerra's studio policies, which welcome walk-ins and eliminate unnecessary expenses, such as fees for using the studio or for having actual cheese in your teeth when you smile.
Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 years old or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
Covering more than 40,000 square feet of real estate at the Chula Vista Otay Ranch Mall, Total Combat Paintball strives to host sharpshooting clashes that players of all ages can enjoy. Take TCP’s Splatmaster parties for instance, where players as young as 6 can finally ditch the sidelines and join the action. During these rounds, lighter ammunition is used, ensuring no player leaves with welts or bruises that awkwardly spell the name of their secret crush. TCP hosts competitions for more experienced players throughout the year, too. It often transforms into a battleground for high school tournaments and other special events, such as “Glow Nights” that feature glowing gear, laser lights, and thumping music.
Some methods of typing are classically inefficient—pecking out words with only your index fingers, for example, or staring at the keyboard and searching for the letter you need. Keyboard Pro's online typing courses help typists abandon those strategies for seamless touch-typing.
Its video-based lessons, which are endorsed by Microsoft, proceed at a custom pace, allowing for a variety of learning styles and speeds. And its focus extends beyond speed—Keyboard Pro also aids with accuracy and even helps typists improve their posture at the computer. When users pass the academy's typing exam, they receive a downloadable diploma, which they can proudly hang on their wall or the fridge of the neighbors whose own children never accomplish anything.
Creative clients brush layers of vibrant, nontoxic paint onto a wide selection of pieces at Daydreams Ceramic Café. The wood- and earth-tone-accented shop, with a feel akin to a rustic winery, lines shelves with blank bowls, vases, mugs, and figurines. After a creative slathering, staff members glaze each piece and fire it in in the café's 2,000-degree kiln for up to two days, rendering it glossy and safe for food, microwaves, dishwashers, and teething pets. The café charges no studio fee for its visiting artists and allows them to return as many times as necessary to complete their masterworks—features which may have helped it to snag a 2011 Best Arts & Crafts award from CityVoter.
Glasses frames have come a long way from the clunky, squarish black frames that were originally used to punish children for squinting in church. Choice Vision offers a plethora of sophisticated, stylish, and comfortable frames from designer brands such as Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Dior, Gucci, and the guiding light of global fashion, SpongeBob SquarePants. Ladies will find the perfect design to adjective their vocation of choice with "hip," while dudes can score some retro frames that surround their head in a glittering haze of irony. Frames range from $75 to more than $500.