Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
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.
As a college instructor and photographer certified by the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston, Curley Marshall brings more than 20 years of experience to Marshall's Photography. He snaps shots of weddings, graduating seniors, and fashion shows and imparts his knowledge to others through instructive group classes and one-on-one sessions in basic photography and Photoshop.
A family relaxing casually by a river, sisters lounging on a bucolic bridge, or happy newlyweds wearing sneakers are just a few subjects you might see when glancing through BAC Photography and Design’s galleries. The BAC crew specializes in a variety of photography styles, including portrait shots, commercial shoots, wedding photography, and coverage of sporting events such as WWE SmackDown. BAC has an entire studio at its fingertips, which it can also transport directly to clients for mobile shoots.
A&A Video Productions, Inc. tells stories. At special events, its staff take on the roles of filmmakers, capturing things in true cinematic fashion. They find the most visually striking angles and shots for each moment. For the complete story, they also help clients reenact key moments, such as the first time a couple met. The experts then edit everything together into a final product that would be right at home on a movie screen, complete with graphics and musical scores.