Sara Harvey believes we all need keepsakes to remind us of good times, and through her photography, she frames those fond memories for posterity. An experienced shutterbug, she?s had work published in Click magazine and has photographed such notables as five-time Grammy winner Jos? Feliciano and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler. Continually learning and nurturing her passion for photography, she gains new experience each day during portrait sessions for everyone from families and moms-to-be to models and pets. She also specializes in large events, such as weddings and parties.
JRI Design Build's expert brush wielders travel to homes to brighten rooms and adorn walls with fresh, colorful coats. Before beginning the interior overhaul, the crew will mask and cover floors and touch up small wall blemishes, such as cracks, stains, or mouse holes. Then using interior paint the customer supplies, they'll launch into a pigment frenzy, leaving walls with two even layers and void of any residue from last year's latte squirt-gun fight. After making boring quarters more beauteous, the pro painters leave the space spick-and-span, erasing all traces of their existence.
The uncertainty that goes along with home improvement can unnerve any homeowner, but GW Home Improvement eases customers’ minds with a policy of straightforward, open communication and a detailed, written proposal for every project. Before founding the company, Chris Wiggins honed his professional roofing skills for five years at other companies, and continues to educate himself on the latest industry trends. His 15-person team handles jobs both large and small from setup to cleanup, doing basic preventative maintenance or more extensive work, such as replacing a damaged roof with a hard candy shell.
At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.
Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
A piggy bank covered in polka dots, a platter celebrating Mother?s Day complete with each of her children?s handprints, a ceramic replica of Sesame Street?s Ernie?these are just a few of the projects that have emerged from Seize the Clay, a hands-on art studio specializing in pottery painting. In addition to embellishing various bisque pieces with unique designs, visitors can create glass-fused pendants, multihued mosaics. They can also try their hands at the potter?s wheel, hold birthday parties, or attend an interactive summer camp.