When cast members from The Real Housewives of New Jersey stopped at Marra's Restaurant for a bite, the owner asked neighboring photographer Mike Kortoci to take a picture. The ladies loved his work so much that, after a tour of his studio, they asked Mike to film an on-camera segment for the show. Snapping shots of celebs isn't uncommon for Mike—according to Ridgewood News, his famous clientele has included the Baldwin brothers and America's Next Top Model –winner CariDee English.
For the most part, however, Mike lends his artistic eye and more than 20 years of experience to creating customized portraits for his everyday clients, including kids and families. He snaps primarily black-and-white images during on-location shoots and inside his 2,000-square-foot studio. Afterward, he retouches clients' favorite shots, removing red eye or blinking specters, and preserves them on canvas or watercolor-paper prints.
As America's largest charity rater, Charity Navigator serves more than three million unique visitors each year, impacting approximately $10 billion of charitable donations. The organization’s rating methodology focuses on not only the financial health and analysis of a charity's performance, but also on each charity's accountability and transparency. The system helps donors make knowledgeable, empowered decisions about how to invest their philanthropic dollars, while in turn helping charities maximize their social impact and fundraising efforts.
As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school. The skilled team utilizes a personalized tutoring approach to develop a learned legion of students of all ages. During the initial visit, your child will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment, which highlights any trouble spots and serves as a base line for future progress. Each student will then traverse four tailored tutoring sessions, which cover math, reading, writing, study skills, and algebra. Sylvan additionally issues regular progress reports to provide parents with a comprehensive look into your youngster's ongoing sessions and showcase the company's impeccable taste in fonts. Check with your local participating Sylvan Learning center's website for available days and hours, and call ahead to schedule.
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