From the time she was little, Gina Burg has been happily snapping pictures. As she grew, her photophilia led to a career in graphic design, which she now juggles on a freelance basis with her passion for photography. During on-location photo shoots, Gina captures heartfelt moments between family members. Then, back at her studio, she uses her design talents to turn them into professional-quality holiday cards.
Sgt. Peppers Photography Studio employs the art of portraiture to capture personalities. High-school seniors strike poses in the Littleton location's contemporary indoor area or in the awe-inspiring flora of a private garden. On-location shoots backdrop family portraits—ideal for sending out with annual Groundhog Day cards—with the crystalline waters of Chatfield Lake and the Platte River or rocky faces of Castlewood Canyon. The seasoned snapshot wranglers consult with clients beforehand to hammer out every detail of the shoot, from flattering garb to complementary color schemes. Staffers also channel their expertise into photography classes that build up students' repertoire of info about readying workstations, tweaking preferences, and cropping out blurred high-speed car chases from the backgrounds of engagement photos.
Today, Challenge Unlimited captains biking and hiking tours all over the globe, from the vineyards of Tuscany to the Incan towns of Peru. More than two decades ago, however, the business was simply known in Colorado for its signature Pikes Peak by Bike tour. During this 20-mile excursion, guides and up to 35 followers descend 20 miles from a summit of 14,110 feet, infiltrating five zones with distinct climates, plant life, animals, and altitude-based baking methods. Riders often encounter eagles, deer, elk, and even the occasional mountain lion or black bear along the way. Guides can also escort Colorado's athletes across the Gold Camp Road—a 17-mile railroad bed once rattling with railcars filled with gold—and through breathtaking Aspen groves. Pit stops are made over the course of three nights and four days at the Victorian Hotel and a nearby dude ranch. Beyond domestic borders, international trips explore Nepal's Annapurna Foothill on foot and the bustling pubs and haunts of Ireland by bike or skateboards strapped to sprinting leprechauns.
As a licensed massage therapist, Stephanie Athena-Marie Lawson is well acquainted with the human body. But in addition to healing muscle aches through therapeutic massage, she also turns her attention to the fields of energy she senses around clients' corporeal forms through reiki, energetic healing, and intuitive body-awareness counseling. Stephanie also puts together service packages, such as a pre and postnatal package so moms-to-be can relax before and after the hard work of carefully assembling their infants.