During the past three years, Florida Center for Creative Photography has held more than 2,000 activities for the members of its Meetup Group. Each month, there are more than 125 events for all levels of photographers—including classes, workshops, photo walks, and more. It's all led by Jeff Donald, who has worked in the photography business since the mid 1970s. He and his team of assistant organizers keep busy arranging everything from free live webinar series to daylong digital-photography boot camps. In addition, they cover techniques ranging from DSLR camerawork to using smartphones for better snapshots of presidents as they walk by. They also demonstrate their commitment to customers by offering students the opportunity to repeat classes free of charge until they grasp the material.
Professional photographer Constance Avellino is proud to call photography both her passion and her profession. Through her work, she helps families, couples, proud graduates, and squirmy newborns tell their story with stunning, personal pictures. Clients meet with her at the studio or a local park to capture family portraits, montages of a soon-to-be mothers, or depictions of high school seniors just before they run away with the circus. Soft contrast and a rich saturation of color form a common thread throughout many of Avellino's pictures, imparting a dreamy, otherworldly quality to her images. After sitting for a portrait session and consulting with Avellino, subjects access their fully-edited pictures in a password-protected online gallery.
Each of Angela Clifton Photography's sessions begins with a phone consultation, during which photographer and customer work together to plan photo shoots that focus on everything from babies to entire families and pets. Forgoing the confines of a studio, staff shutterbugs travel to locations that best capture each subject's personality. They may photograph couples posing at sunset along a beach, or a newborn first learning to photosynthesize beneath the natural light of the sun. After sessions, the crew retouches images and uploads photographs to an online gallery for customers to peruse.
During scenic voyages, the adventurous staff of The Tropics Boat Tours escorts guests through the Gulf of Mexico’s rushing tides, pausing for brief glimpses of bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and abandoned bikini bottoms. Aboard a tropical-themed, double-decker catamaran decorated with palm trees, guests take in views of Clearwater Beach's landmarks, including celebrity mansions peppering nearby coastlines, while imbibing beverages.
Anybody who's tried to bathe, shave, or trim their furry best friend knows that it's a daunting task. Even the mellowest of pooches and coolest of cats can become an adorable tyrannosaur when owners attempt to do their own grooming. It takes experience, a magic touch, and a love of pets to convince the little critters that it's time to get the mud out of the paws and shed the breath of last month's ham. Fortunately, keeping fur-balls fresh-faced is a passion for Jamie, owner of All Around Petcare and a graduate of the Academy of Animal Arts. With her stable of certified groomers, all of whom boast more than 10 years experience, she restores the animals' new-pet smell in a pampering environment with no cages or indoor thunderstorms to stress them out.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.