The accomplished interior designers and artisans at Kirkland Design & Painting Company impart their expertise in small, casual classes that suit all levels of expertise, from homebuilders to homemakers. Unlike carpentry classes taught by philosophy professors, Kirkland's sessions emphasize practical methods that can be effectively assimilated in the span of the three-hour evening and weekend classes. The Granicrete/Aurastone system taught in DIY floors and DIY countertops workshops overlays existing surfaces, and the simple plaster techniques related in faux-finishing workshops enable students to create multilayered dimensional finishes and retouch their fading stone gargoyles. The DIY Create Your Own Art on Canvas workshop focuses on the art of achieving luxury finishes and the science of selecting socially acceptable wine boxes.
A collaboration between a fine-art photography studio and a pinup-style salon, Seattle Boudoir Photography creates a fun and professional environment for their sultry photo shoots. In preparation for the sessions, a team member guides clients through wardrobe selection and a variety of creative themes. Available packages include "The Shades", inspired by the hit erotic fiction trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, which centers around a 45-minute shoot that begins in a light-flooded loft space or on a private rooftop deck, then ends on the studio’s private Red Room set. Regardless of which package they choose, customers are pampered by the onsite salon staff that helps customers channel these different looks and personalities with professional makeup applications, along with a stylist that stands by for consultation on poses and how to use hair mousse to make chocolate mousse.
Despite having more than 10 years of experience and 1,200 photographed locations under their shared belt, Alex Studio's ten photography teams continue framing subjects from early in the morning to late at night. They capture lasting images of families, children, and engaged couples at on-location shoots around Puget Sound or sessions held in one of two studios. Their wedding work often takes them worldwide, with pending RSVPs including ceremonies in Hong Kong and Japan. Retouched nuptial shots can be assembled into a custom album made entirely in-house, and clients can also collect their favorite images as retouched digital files stored on DVDs or a set of 50 Commodore 64s.
After four years as an adventure photographer, Jane Speleers founded The Royal Squirrel Photography in 2011. The name isn't just jokey—reverence for nature inspires the eco-conscious photographer to only distribute paperless agreements to her clients and primarily share images in online galleries or on DVDs. Not surprisingly, that reverence also finds its way into Jane's photographs, whose compositions are simultaneously preoccupied with humans and the magnificent landscapes behind them. Soaring tree branches and expansive stretches of blue sky tower above engaged couples and expectant moms in some pictures, while others home in on grinning kids and embracing families.