A 30-acre swath of lush, Red Oak Mountain terrain surrounds Capitol Vineyards' historic facilities, where owners Lauren Shrem and Matthew Noland forge an eclectic collection of French-style wines from Virginia grapes. With help from a resident French winemaker and vintners across the state, they press an array of vintages, dispensing the elixirs during events inside the facility's historic, rustic tasting room. Constructed as a post office in the 1800s and used as a general store in the early 1900s, the site still bears its original wooden bar, floors, and grizzled prospector.
Valley Ballooning takes passengers? breaths away with safely obtained, unobstructed aerial views of the Shenandoah Valley?s majestic rivers, vineyards, and animal inhabitants. Tours at sunrise or sunset cover up to 10 miles, with experienced pilots pointing out such incomparable sights as whitetail deer bounding below or the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains frolicking in the distance. Toast packages conclude with the celebratory ringing of sparkling-cider glasses.
A past Washington Post editor's pick, the Delaplane Strawberry Festival draws crowds with fresh-picked fruit, homemade pastries, and live entertainment. Guests’ arms and strawberry funnel cakes sway in time to live bluegrass and choral music emanating from the stage, and festival grounds teem with summer activities such as puppet shows, hay rides, and pony rides. Face painting covers childrens’ faces with the clownish stripes and accents needed to impersonate a post-apocalyptic warrior, and three-legged races prepare adolescents for the extra limbs they will grow as adults.
Most Popular Service: Online Photo Course
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Adobe Lightroom, Canon, Apple
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
As opposed to the more "technical" approach of most photography courses, we offer clear and easy to understand "how-to" instructions. We teach you how to achieve a great portrait without running you through the rigmarole of explaining every single camera button/function while leaving you overwhelmed with information and still not knowing how to take a portrait. With our online course, you receive simple and concise instructions on what you need to know and do (including everything from knowing how the camera works to understanding different lighting situations and post production).
The course covers the basics of portrait photography and is perfect for photography beginners and amateurs that want to take more professional pictures or wish to launch a portrait business. The course is designed to be completed over a six-week period, however, students can finish the course at their own pace. The course includes a weekly reading assignment, photo assignment, quiz, and discussion board. There are also a number of educational videos included in the course.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with specialization in Photography.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have had a passion for teaching since I was a child, but when I took my first black and white film photography course in college I instantly fell in love and haven't stopped taking photographs since.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is a great course for individuals who just bought their first digital SLR and want to know how to take great pictures, or for amateur photographers interested in improving their photography skills. This is also a great course for mothers interested in photographing their children (as well as save dollars normally spent at a local studio) so that they can create valuable memories that have a professional touch. Also, the course caters to individuals interested in starting a photography business. It provides helpful resources for creating websites and writing up contracts and other important photography documents; information about marketing and branding your business; what equipment to purchase and where to purchase it; and getting the word out about your business.
For Little Washington Winery, location is key. Their perch sits on the edge of Shenandoah National Park, where the mountains scatter the spring winds to fend off frost and other vine-killing maladies. The open air catches ample light for the vineyard's growing fruits, and, perhaps just as importantly, grants a panoramic view of the forests ahead. It is on this lush land that Little Washington Winery cultivates the majority of its ingredients, sourcing others as necessary from their Virginian neighbors.
Virginia Wine Lover recently crowned the vintners with top rankings for their red and white wines, as well as naming the vineyard a premiere destination for picnics due to its surrounding scenery and bounty of naturally occurring checker-print blankets. Inside the tasting room, which is equal parts cabin and art gallery, guests listen attentively as experts walk them through enjoying a curated selection of wines. If guests wish to explore the world of vino even further, they can join the Dirt Road Wine Club, which offers tastes from boutique vintners around the globe.
C.T. Campbell, a Luray native, calls upon more than 30 years of experience to teach aspiring anglers how to track down fish during private fly-fishing trips. Small groups of up to four trek to a private 1-mile stretch of the Shenandoah River, where they can cast for fish and take in the scenic vistas of Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With all gear and equipment provided, visitors can concentrate on reeling in smallmouth bass and trout as C.T. takes care of all the lines, leaders, flies, and tackle. C.T. welcomes fishers of all skill levels and teaches the fundamental flies of this active style of fishing. Page Valley Fly Fishing Service practices catch-and-release fishing, so fishers will have to return their catches to the majestic river unless they can convince trophy fish to become animatronic singers mounted to their home-office walls.