Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Before becoming business partners, Jonathan and Lindsay Betz fell in love in the shadow of the St. Louis Arch. When they first met, John was just beginning a photography career while volunteering as a firefighter and Lindsay was a music therapist serving children with special needs. After their marriage, they both agreed that the perfect backdrop for their new life together needed more mountains and fewer geometry-inspired landmarks, so they went on road trips to find the perfect place to build a home and raise a family. They eventually landed in Colorado Springs, where their two children now frolic through grassy fields while Jonathan snaps photos amid the Rockies. A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Jonathan's work has graced the pages of the New York Times. When he isn't capturing the candid smiles of high school seniors or families, or chronicling the happiest moments at weddings, he stays busy in the lab, retouching each image he captures to ensure that all colors are balanced and all Waldos are accounted for. He also hosts four-week, six-week, and one-day workshops, during which he fills students in on fundamental skills, image editing, and how to turn a photography hobby into a business.
After 13 years of photographing landscapes as a hobby, Darci Amundson attended a pin-up-themed group photography event at an old gas station. From then on, she told examiner.com, she forsook sceneries in favor of human subjects, building a career around boudoir, high school senior, and family portraits. She beautifies clients with professional makeup before setting up sultry pin-up images, frames students at up two locations in up to eight outfits, and captures families at their favorite locales, such as the backyard tree house where the neighborhood model UN meets. Darci combines the spontaneous look of photojournalism with her meticulously planned compositions, lighting, and poses.
The Colorado Rockies are her backdrop. The sun is her flashbulb. And any passing elk automatically become her creative assistants. [Gwendolyn Mayfield]( HYPERLINK "http://gr.pn/LMr95b" http://gr.pn/LMr95b) of Butterflykiss Portraits has turned the world into her studio, posing couples, families, and even pets before the natural splendor of the Fort Collins area. Her lightly posed shots burst with the personality of her subjects, whom she encourages to bring any props and outfits they’d like. She uses fast shutter speeds to capture movement—a child throwing a snowball, a golden retriever bounding through a park—or switches to pastoral portrait mode to capture fantasy shots of young girls in fairy costumes or knights atop steeds. Gwendolyn’s range and creativity seem to know no bounds, as she switches seamlessly from touching military portraits to intimate boudoir shoots shot in private settings. Whether working with seniors, mothers-to-be, or photogenic crash-test dummies, Gwendolyn approaches each shoot with an open mind and spends up to two weeks editing her photos to perfection before presenting them to clients in an online gallery.
The shutterbugs at Janssen Photography divide their time between two scenic locales where they capture subjects around charming outdoor grounds or inside one of two contemporary studios. At the Lakewood site, a historical Victorian home nestles amid 2 acres of scenery that include a pond, waterfall, gazebo, and a 1940s vintage pickup truck. The Littleton studio rests on 2.5 acres of coalmining land, where a rustic cellar and a stone waterfall create evocative photo backgrounds. Once photographers have snapped sophisticated family photos, whimsical child portraits, and memorable senior photos, they retouch these images and immortalize them in print form. When they aren't snapping shots on their home turf, Janssen's photographers go on location to chronicle weddings, shoot publicity photos, and document fake lunar landings.
Target Portrait Studios are operated by professional photographers who aim to help you capture special moments. Target's studios can be decorated for most any type of shoot, whether you're celebrating a mom-to-be, a graduation, or an upcoming holiday. Subjects also have the opportunity to choose their own backdrops or props, and they can even bring in their favorite toy or invisible friend. The customization doesn't end with the shoot, though?digital files can be personalized with borders, designs, and quotes and then printed in a variety of sizes.