Husband-and-wife team Ryan and Angie Bates man the shutters at Ryan Bates Photography, where Ryan draws on 15 years of experience as he snaps images that bring out individual personalities and family dynamics in every shot. Professional lighting shines down on subjects as they say cheese, eat cheese, or impersonate cheese in the boutique studio, and the natural light of the outdoors illuminates on-location shoots held amid trees or at the shore. Captures of candid smiles, playful interactions, and motion shots celebrate timeless family moments, and senior-portrait sessions—viewable afterward on a private online gallery—yield prints worthy of relatives' mantels or wallets. Ryan also occasionally leads basic to advanced workshops, where pupils learn to manipulate their own DSLR cameras with coy winks and promises of mink-lined camera cases.
More than just a master developer, photography-lab owner Emanuel Dimitri Volakis is an accomplished artist whose works hang in museums from Napa Valley to Padua, Italy. As deft with old-school silver gelatin printing as he is capable with new media such as digital photography and painting on computer monitors, Volakis offers museum-quality printing, scanning, matting, and framing services for both professional and amateur photographers. He also hosts introductory- and advanced-level darkroom classes and rents out a 400-square-foot photo studio.
Jenny Daughtry doesn't need a studio. As the head photographer for Daughtry Photography, she harnesses natural light and the beauty of the greater San Francisco area to frame portraits of families in the scenic forest or glamorous subjects at the beach. Jenny also preserves festive nuptial memories during wedding shoots and provides promotional shots for models, actors, and musicians.
Led by Kyle Barker, 925Bootcamp challenges guests with a variety of strength-building exercises offered several times a day throughout the week. Once committing to a boot camp, guests meet one-on-one with a personal trainer to discuss fitness goals, nutrition, and what to whisper in a kettlebell’s ear before lifting it. During the 45-minute classes, guests run through circuits, wail on punching bags, and reprimand uppity thighs with numerous squats.
Smile on "3"'s team of photographers and digital editors tailor shoots for practically anyone, including families and models. The photographers use their 35 years of experience to best capture precious moments during sessions for newborns and children, as well as during bigger events such as weddings. And because Smile on "3" has its own facility to create prints, it can make the images quickly.
In 2000, three friends pooled their resources to take Take One Video under their wing, growing the rental store into studios that not only lend art, but create it. At its height, Take One had reigned over the East Bay with four outposts; eventually, however, its influence dwindled to a single location that was suffering from lack of diversity, the increasing availability of online movies, and the mysterious appearance of sitcoms in the late-night sky. The current crew's knowledge of diverse film genres helps visitors navigate the cult-movie selection, and a seven-day rental policy—with rewards for early returns—gives renters the time to cultivate their connoisseurship. Unsatisfied by the distribution and archival preservation of audio, images, and film, Take One's staff amassed backdrops and light modifiers to build a photography studio and began using their post-analog savvy to create digital scrapbooks of their clients' newly transferred files.