In a handful of studios scattered between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Springfield, Missouri, kids express their artistic creativity under the friendly supervision of Noah’s Art instructors. Classes cover a wide variety of topics—from painting and clay sculpture to vocals-based Song Art—and are arranged by age group, allowing children to interact with peers of a similar developmental stage while engaging in philosophical musings on the meaning of parent-enforced time-outs. Instructors also teach basic art tools and techniques, such as how to properly hold a paintbrush or sculpt clay using only your mind.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, body-building sport classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week.
A mop of hair fringes an infant's milky-white face, his plump cheeks reminiscent of a porcelain doll. Though the image is black and white, the boy's eyes are as striking as any baby blues—reflections of the white linens gathered around his legs add depth and life to his playful gaze. This photograph, which won Janet Boschker the Canon Par Excellence Award in 2010, is but one of many that have earned the photographer numerous accolades.
At Northlight Photography, the Boschker's own studio, the photographer flaunts her signature blend of award-winning artistry in custom portraiture. Whether capturing the innocence of a child, the love of a family, or the excitement of a special event, she strives to turn each image into an artistic and timeless representation of its subject. The expert also shares some of her trade secrets through introductory and advanced photo classes.
When it comes to high-resolution images, photographer Darby lives by the truism "do unto others as you would have them do to you." She says, "I personally would only hire a photographer for my family that would provide full-resolution digital images at a reasonable cost, so I decided I would offer that to my clients." She simplifies the photo-shoot process even more by coordinating outside services such as belly painters for maternity shoots and hair and makeup artists for boudoir shoots. At the end of the day, whether it was a wedding or a portrait session, her mission is to make the shoot as enjoyable as the modernly styled photographs.
Sparked by the enjoyment she got chronicling the lives of her two boys, Shannon Elaine’s fascination with photography turned from a budding hobby into a fully bloomed career. She knows how wonderful it feels to pick up a beautiful photograph that brings old memories back to life, and she strives to create such salient images during her photo shoots. Shannon's portfolio features humanoids at all stages of life—from newborns sleeping peacefully and one-year-olds smashing their birthday cakes to engaged couples, expectant mothers, and graduating seniors.
The camera masters at InspiredMemorys Photography use eye-catching angles and unique locations, such as train tracks and pastoral parks, to capture their clients’ special moments. They customize those shoots for families, kids, couples, and high school seniors, and offer weddings and engagement sessions as well.