From the time she was three years old, Megan M Riley knew she was different. She spotted spirits in her house, communicated with deceased relatives, and even witnessed her grandmother's apparition at her cousin's wedding. At first she tried to ignore her gift, but then she decided to embrace it instead. After studying with shamans, yogis, and other mediums, Megan began using her abilities to help others connect with loved ones who have passed on and identify deep-seated emotional issues. No matter what the concern, Megan focuses on providing positive, enlightening sessions that offer clients a sense of empowerment.
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Psychology student, nutritional therapist, certified personal trainer—this was the path that Lauren Simms took to get to where she is today as the nutritional trainer and proprietor of Fuel for Life. Her background supports her work in helping people live healthy lives, which not only requires a change in diet, but also a change in lifestyle and attitude. She guides her clients in losing weight, increasing their daily energy, and planning meals around food intolerance.
Englewood Camera's expert imagists pass on hard-won photo wisdom to aspiring shutterbugs in small, hands-on classes. The Basics of Digital Photography class acquaints fledgling photographers with the conceptual essentials and technical principles of camerawork, including framing, focus, film exposure, and using the flash to temporarily blind uncooperative children. From class discussions, pupils can learn from the experience of fellow shutter squires and develop an infectious curiosity about photography that will endure after the three-hour class.
Photojournalist Thomas Cooper dives deep into each project, ensuring active and engaging shoots that draw out the uniqueness of his subjects. Capturing crisply composed images, he applies his 20 years of experience to shooting everything from weddings and concerts to portraits, fashion, sports, and commercial ventures.
The shutterbugs at Janssen Photography divide their time between two scenic locales where they capture subjects around charming outdoor grounds or inside one of two contemporary studios. At the Lakewood site, a historical Victorian home nestles amid 2 acres of scenery that include a pond, waterfall, gazebo, and a 1940s vintage pickup truck. The Littleton studio rests on 2.5 acres of coalmining land, where a rustic cellar and a stone waterfall create evocative photo backgrounds. Once photographers have snapped sophisticated family photos, whimsical child portraits, and memorable senior photos, they retouch these images and immortalize them in print form. When they aren't snapping shots on their home turf, Janssen's photographers go on location to chronicle weddings, shoot publicity photos, and document fake lunar landings.
Chef Penni Royston credits nature’s bounty, specifically colorful fruits and veggies, as the inspiration for Nature’s Table Cooking School. A certified Natural Foods Chef, Penni ousts processed junk from recipes and instead uses healthy foods preferred by any serious crafter of edible art. During her classes, chef Penni rounds up a rainbow of ingredients to craft raw dishes, gluten-free fare, or vegan soup and pizza made from scratch. She shifts between demonstration and student participation as she teaches, sending each pupil home with a recipe and a packet of nutritional info so they can calculate how many graves they’ll have to dig in the backyard to burn off the calories.