Bugs are fascinating, especially to a six-year-old strapped with a Mickey Mouse 110 camera. These creepily photogenic critters were the first subjects Studio Polaris photographer Maggie Lawler’s ever shot. Though she has since captured images of couples on their wedding day, seniors before their graduation, and canine products for a corporate vendor, Maggie still loves “to act like a five-year-old most days.” She finds the perfect shot by getting to know her clients and hearing their stories. With kids, she gets down to their level, asking them questions about their outfit, their favorite TV show, or their thoughts on whether cotton candy is better to eat or to wear as a wig. Once she’s built the foundation for a relationship, she begins shooting. She searches for the moments in between: the couple tenderly holding hands, the child wholeheartedly laughing. To catch these fleeting seconds, she doesn’t rely on fancy filters or equipment. “Anybody can own a Stradivarius,” she quips, “but not everyone can join the Boston Pops.” So rather than lean on technology’s crutch, she uses her artist’s eye, passed down the limbs of a family tree branched by her grandmother’s paintings and her father’s sculptures. Today, she still is constantly snapping photos, either with her SLR or iPhone, taking shots of her daughter or her neighbors in line at the supermarket. With her work at Studio Polaris, Maggie considers each photo shoot a blessing. “I mean,” she says, “how many families have my work on their walls? It’s awe inspiring. I’m blown away by it.”
In 2011, USGTF–certified instructor John Ubbing established indoor golf studio Columbus Golf Academy to spread swing-honing wisdom to eager pupils year round. An active coach at the middle- and high-school levels for the past 15 years, the passionate teacher has earned District and Regional Coach of the Year honors for his work at the varsity level and for once saving a community from a rogue golf cart. As clients pummel golf balls inside the Academy’s indoor hitting bay, John imparts corrective advice with a keen eye for each player's individual skills and physical capabilities. After lessons, clients depart with a better understanding of their swing and with drills such as putting exercises to further drive home new concepts or with strategies for improving unruly nine irons’ course etiquette.
When it opened in 1955, Berwick Manor was a small restaurant getting by on the strength of its Italian-style recipes. Now, that restaurant is at the heart of a banquet hall complete with six banquet rooms, a taproom, a lounge, and an 11,500-square-foot dining room. The expansive hall is a popular spot for corporate events, weddings, and birthdays, and an unpopular spot to eat alone in a giant room.
Diners at the restaurant might order an italian sub or a club sandwich for lunch, or they might feast on chicken parmesan with pasta or housemade gnocchi for dinner. The restaurant also runs a successful catering business, the menu of which includes italian meatloaf, roasted chicken, and barbecued pulled pork.
As a designer, Rian Neil draws on not only his study of visual communication and interactive media design, but also on the philosophy of a mentor he has never met: Frank Lloyd Wright. Neil strives to follow the philosophy behind Wright’s Fallingwater home, which fused aesthetics with a respect for the existing landscape. With this in mind, Neil tailors each of his projects to his client’s unique situation or “landscape,” whether he is crafting a website, branding a product, or shooting a family portrait. Neil’s photography endeavors extend beyond family portraiture; however, he can also snap shots of newborns, capture newlyweds’ bonds, and ply photos with special effects to create antique-style Fauxlaroids, rather than the original antique-style photo: a good cave painting.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshell-esque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound to the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists finally found the power outlets. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium's eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic arches that help the eye dance throughout.
The technicians at A New Day Body Wrap and Spray Tan Spa slim waistlines and tighten untaught skin with sea-inspired body wraps. To begin each session, techs wrap bodies with strips of cotton and elastic cloth. Each strip is soaked in one of the spa’s special formulations, such as a weight-loss promoting aloe-herbal mix. To enhance each partial- or full-body wrap, the spa also offers a seaweed-clay mask, which tightens skin in highly visible areas, such as those two strange holes where Frankenstein bolts used to be.