Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
Founded with the objective of simplifying the often overcomplicated art of digital photography, fotoscool employs a team of seasoned instructors—each a longtime professional with a celebrated career—to guide photography students through seminars and workshops held across the country. Keeping their overarching objective of simple-yet-entertaining instruction in mind, savvy teachers design each session to get participants on their feet with hands-on activities such as interactive exercises, on-location shoots in scenic locales, and bonding human-camera trust falls. In an effort to branch out of the classroom, fotoscool also periodically hosts tours that ferry photo enthusiasts to scenic far-flung locales for extended shooting lectures and on-site experience.
What began in 1998 as a business run out of Diane Shaw and John Foo's basement has blossomed into an empire of three brick-and-mortar shops, a warehouse, and an online emporium bursting with handy teaching tools and toys. Education Station's extensive collection supports the healthy mental and physical development of kids of all ages, whether they're honing fine motor skills or penning thought-provoking postmodern critiques of children's literature. Youngsters share quality time with parents and siblings over informative games, puzzles, and playthings, and teachers shape bright young minds with classroom supplies and lesson-plan supplements. Each shiny new e-book, fun toy, and challenging puzzle is hand-selected and fosters long-term learning and intellectual development.
For 15 years, Cindy Gannon has photographed children, families, and events, travelling the world to snap vibrant wedding images that capture emotional moments. She aims to keep photo sessions relaxed and enjoyable for her subjects, whether they're out shooting on-location engagement sessions or posing in her loft-like studio, which can hold up to 30 people for team portraits or clone reunion shots. Other photo shoot options range from family photography to boudoir shoots.
Ray Charles once said, "Music to me is like breathing—I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music." Edmonton Music Studios' team of instructors celebrates this quotation, among others, on its website, and works hard to inspire similar life-long musical passions within students of all ages. During lessons, pupils learn to play scales, sing with strength, or communicate in Morse code on the piano, guitar, violin, cello, or harmonica. Music-theory classes boost students' understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and other components of song. Children's choir groups meet to harmonize songs from a variety of genres.
Kamena Gallery's keen-eyed staff helps customers navigate more than 1,500 custom moulding samples, including the shop's own exclusive lines. They focus, especially, on proper styles and tones in order to safeguard keepsakes in a fashionable manner. Along with its oasis of framing options, Kamena houses a gallery to showcase the works of local artists, as well as Chinese calligraphy, photography, and poster and print catalogues.