When horticulturalist Brian F. Jorg isn't cultivating native plants at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, he treks up to 20,000 miles a year on globe-trotting photographic excursions. As he leads guests through the Great Smoky Mountains or the Peruvian Amazon, he captures nature's grandeur with his digital camera, sharing his ever-increasing portfolio with the world through field guides, educational displays, and mass text messages addressed to “world.” Brian's passion for nature overflows not only into his photography, but into community activities. He can often be seen sharing his horticultural wisdom at area flower shows, teaching classes to the general public, or snapping dynamic images at sporting events.
Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
Fast Cars Fine Food culls students from local culinary programs, including The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State and the Art Institute, and pairs them up with local wineries, breweries, and 20 Cincinnati restaurants for a social evening of sustenance. Two tickets grant access to an array of booths, where students and establishments perform live cooking demonstrations that yield scrumptious samples. Wine-and-cheese tastings paint palates in splashes of red and white accompanied by miniature dairy still lifes. Guests can scribble down bids or truffle-inspired haikus on slips of paper during the silent auction, which benefits the culinary students' education and awards one guest with the chance to don official sous-chef garb and cook beside a local chef.
The background can sometimes make or break a good photograph, but traveling miles and miles just to find a suitable backdrop can be time-consuming. Thankfully, Glutz Photography makes it easy to find a perfect shooting location—its 2.5-acre studio lot includes an outdoor portrait park, which features blooming gardens, tranquil woods, and even a waterfall. Against that stunning setting, photographers capture images of children, families, and newlyweds in vivid color. High-school senior portraits are one of the shop's specialties, and the photographers also have experience directing babies, using a gentle hand to guide themed sessions, such as "Baby Steps" or "Baby's First Contract Negotiation."
Mark Chenoweth's first picture was done the old-fashioned way: he loaded film into a 35-millimeter camera, snapped the picture, and developed it himself. That was two decades ago, and he's been working as a professional photographer ever since, preserving cherished moments at weddings and conducting senior-portrait shoots.
The technological advantages of today's cameras make them much more user-friendly than the one responsible for Mark's maiden photograph, but many casual photographers don't use their equipment to its fullest potential. Mark founded Fotoskool to help less experienced photographers better understand the trade with a trio of classes designed for beginners and intermediates learning to wield a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera. The Fotoskool Basics class edifies beginners about the fundamental precepts of DSLR operation, such as how to hold the camera and adjust shutter speed. More experienced pupils can enlist in the Fotoskool Next Level class, which focuses on working cameras in manual mode, or the Fotoskool Edit class, during which they will learn to lighten or darken pictures, change file formats, and remove the silver splotches left by poltergeists in the background.
Here at Loveland Music Academy we are proud to offer private lessons for guitar, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, harp, percussion, voice and acting with some of the most accomplished music educators in the Greater Cincinnati Area.