Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves.
When guests make time to work out at Island Club and Spa, they can receive a full-spa treatment, including free valet parking. Luxurious, fully stocked locker rooms with separate hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas for men and women relax sweaty patrons after their battles with advanced Italian-made cardio and strength-training equipment. In between group yoga, Pilates, or body-sculpting classes in a Nike shoe padded workout room, they can up their energy supplies with magic jumping beans or another nutritious snack from the facility's onsite caf?. Clients also can skip the sweating by scheduling soothing massages, replenishing body treatments, and rejuvenating facials.
Jennifer Hitchner, Amanda Farrell, and Brittany Baldwin are the trio of instructors who make up Art in Disguise. The artists set up canvases, brushes, and paints for parties for adults or kids. During the former, guests sip adult beverages while they create unique masterpieces, which include island-inspired pieces, flowers, landscapes, and nautical designs. Kids paint playful works of art, such as butterflies or cupcakes, during their fetes, which may feature face painting.
Jane Kim spent hundreds of dollars on products that promised to erase wrinkles and smooth skin, but none of them worked. She finally noticed a positive change in her skin when she began using all-natural, paraben-free products. At Simply Flawless by J, she shares her knowledge of these products during makeup lessons and applications for everyday wear or special occasions and mixes up custom liquid or mineral powder foundation to match each client's skin tone.
Susan Page Modeling trains aspiring actors and models, so it's no wonder that its photographers know how to snap artistic photos. Whether clients seek portraits of their babies, kids, or high-school seniors, the staff produces images with flair. Staying true to the business's original focus, they also take photos for fashion portfolios and offer styling beforehand.
When educator Nicole Kealoha set out to enrich her community, she harnessed the vibrant power of hip-hop and urban culture to captivate young people. Her nonprofit Diverse Art Center, launched in 2008, seeks to foster connections between youths and the community via enriching and engaging instruction from professional artists. The accomplished teachers and artists—including leading local art figure Shaun Castro and award-winning dancer Josh Skittle—strive to instill positive values and self-esteem in their pupils as they shepherd them through the many mediums that comprise hip-hop culture, including dance, music, and the visual arts. No fewer than five area schools participate in the center's fitness-focused Healthy Hip-Hop program, and daily urban art instruction includes tutorials in hip-hop lettering, break dancing, and beatboxing with inner-city kangaroos.