When photographer Cory Jackson takes photos, he aims his lens to capture the essence and personality of his subjects. That’s why you won’t see him working in an artificial studio setting or forcing awkward props into clients’ hands. Instead, he works with his subjects to find a location that they’ll feel comfortable in and coaxes out natural poses and facial expressions. If you don’t have a spot in mind, he’ll help you find a good fit; with three years of on-location photography, he’s built quite a library of mood-suiting background locations, such as flower-covered meadows or train tracks. Whether it’s snapping senior photos, a new baby’s grin, or engagement photos, Cory’s done it all, as seen on his blog.
LivePix Studios' mobile photo studios go on-location to capture the sillier side of clients' special moments from birthday parties to weddings. Photographers tote along colorful backgrounds ranging from polka dots to eye-crossing designs and a box of hundreds of props so subjects can surprise the host by wearing fake mustaches or kooky sunglasses. Post-party, hosts receive a DVD with a slideshow of all the shots for viewing at the party's 20-year reunion.
Kids 'R' Kids nurtures the development of its tiny clients by providing a secure, educational environment. Each kid-friendly employee is certified in first aid and CPR, and many have training in areas such as early-childhood education and classroom management, helping them react with aplomb to classroom conundrums such as students running with scissors, juggling scissors, or selling counterfeit scissors on the black market. Kids 'R' Kids extends its brain-boosting educational offerings to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old, including curricula such as an infant program, a toddler program, and a before- and after-school program for kids age 5–12. A variety of specialized programs focus on topics such as health and fitness, foreign languages, and computers—three growth industries in a world increasingly dominated by Spanish-speaking, baseball-obsessed robots.
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Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up unfurls imaginative indoor playgrounds and party rooms teeming with inflatable fun. A stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings that populate the arena, including a regal throne for celebrating birthdays or announcing edicts mandating dessert for breakfast. The ascending wall of the Vertical Rush challenges climbers with a hump-shaped obstacle, whereas attached dueling slides send victors careening into fun. A calendar of events details dates and times for open play and lectures on refinancing mortgages on family treehouses.:m]]