Photographer Dana Michele, a member of the Professional Photographers of America, describes herself as a “relationship photographer.” Supported by a team of associate photographers, Michele captures candid, heartfelt moments during engagement sessions and family portraits that focus on the affection between her subjects.
Alternatively, she and her staff’s single-subject sessions immortalize high-school seniors before they pack up their hot-air balloons and leave for college, or brand new infants cooing into the lens. Michele’s team strives to tailor their photography to their clients’ sensibilities, which they explore during optional preshoot consultations. Clients can opt for the controlled lighting of the studio, or outdoor shoots with urban backgrounds such as brick walls, public parks, or flocks of pigeons playing chess in the park.
The aspiring beauticians at North Florida Academy pamper hair, skin, and nails while instructors with more than 20 years of experience in the field mentor from nearby. To prepare students for careers after course completion, North Florida Academy models itself after traditional salons, stocking its shelves with professional products such as Image, Redken, Chi, and Paul Mitchell, and requiring that all who enter sport powdered wigs. The same aesthetic equipment employed by med spas whirs and buffs skin within the relaxing treatment rooms, replete with dim lighting and light music, and warm wax deftly whisks away unwanted hair.
Green Lotus Studios' professorial artisans are soap makers, herbalists, and aromatherapists who teach classes in their fields of expertise. Acolytes can expect to craft soaps and lotions with wild-harvested ingredients, make their own kombucha or cheese, or whip up flu-battling herbal stews. With an average class size of 6?12, students enjoy plenty of student-teacher interaction.
As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school with a personalized tutoring approach for students of all ages. During the initial visit, children will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment, which highlights any trouble spots and serves as a baseline for future progress. Scholars will then traverse two tailored tutoring sessions, which cover topics such as math, reading, mindreading, writing, and study skills. Sylvan issues regular progress reports, providing parents with a comprehensive look into their son or daughter's ongoing sessions and progress in pronouncing "quinoa."
Boasting an 18-hole championship-style golf course and a golf school helmed by experienced professionals, Country Club of Orange Park helps duffers hone swings on and off the course. Cure chronic slices or the putting yips with the help of former PGA Tour pro Charles Raulerson and assistant instructor David Ven Vertloh. During small-group lessons of less than 10 students, Charles focuses on the simplistic but crucial elements of posture, alignment, and technique to help pupils on their path to mastering the subtle art-science of the golf swing. Charles also draws from a professional career that included three PGA Championship berths, several International Tour victories, and earning global renown for matching plaid with argyle.
North Florida Music Academy's music instructors teach more than 15 different instruments—ranging from piano and guitar to tuba and trombone—as well as vocal techniques during private and group lessons. With each instrument, the team employs tried-and-true methods that assist in scaling the learning curve, including the Hal Leonard Guitar Method and the Suzuki Method for the violin. Private lessons take place for 30 minutes, wherein aspiring virtuosoes will demonstrate their mastery of previous material and learn new techniques, while receiving a weekly progress report and recommendations for further advancement.