With a Bachelor of Science in theatre education and performance, Christelsie Johnson understands how makeup can affect one’s confidence levels, be it on the stage or in everyday life. It is with this understanding that Christelsie established Couture Adornments and Christelsie.com. At both enterprises, she draws upon her more than fourteen years of experience working as a makeup artist for a spectrum of clients, which includes the Orlando Magic dancers, fashion models, and brides, to promote confidence through cosmetic services and image consulting.
At her studio in Phenix Salon Suites, Christelsie boosts the self-esteem of everyday ladies, including those affected by cancer, with tailored makeup lessons that highlight their best features and inner beauty. She also dolls up clients with lash and waxing services, as well as group makeup workshops where she teaches beginners about everything from using the correct tools to proper color placement.
Steve Yanni first felt the inexorable pull of photography more than 20 years ago, when he picked up a camera and started snapping photos as a hobby. Since then, Steve has ceded to his artistic calling, dedicating his career to capturing special events, family portraits, and sensual boudoir shots, as well as imparting his knowledge upon fledgling shutterbugs during instructive workshops. The bridal specialist enlists a team of talented photogs to help him at events, ensuring that no special moment goes undocumented, from the cutting of the cake to the swallowing of the ceremonial flaming sword.
Melissa McMurray, founder of Bikram Yoga Orlando, passionately practices and teaches the renowned yoga style originated by Bikram Choudhury, who won the All-India National Yoga Competition three times in a row and retired undefeated. During 90-minute classes held seven days a week, Melissa and Bikram Yoga Orlando’s certified instructors cycle through 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises inside a heated studio. In addition to facilitating safe stretches, the heat expels bodily toxins and improves the cardiovascular effect of each pose. Many students find they can participate regardless of their age, weight, flexibility, past injuries, or past lives as statues.
Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.