An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three- or four-hour workshops. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
The accomplished interior designers and artisans at Kirkland Design & Painting Company impart their expertise in small, casual classes that suit all levels of expertise, from homebuilders to homemakers. Unlike carpentry classes taught by philosophy professors, Kirkland's sessions emphasize practical methods that can be effectively assimilated in the span of the three-hour evening and weekend classes. The Granicrete/Aurastone system taught in DIY floors and DIY countertops workshops overlays existing surfaces, and the simple plaster techniques related in faux-finishing workshops enable students to create multilayered dimensional finishes and retouch their fading stone gargoyles. The DIY Create Your Own Art on Canvas workshop focuses on the art of achieving luxury finishes and the science of selecting socially acceptable wine boxes.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits, has been creating photographic heirlooms since 1947. With your 20- to 30-minute photo session ($30), get your soul captured indoors at Yuen Lui's studio, boasting 16 background options, or let nature provide the backdrop at Aliso Beach's outdoor picture-taking spots. Up to eight people can appear in the shoot (additional subjects will incur an extra cost), making this deal an ideal opportunity to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging in your parents’ home for the past 600 years. Now that you aren’t riddled with acne or plagued with a six-year-old’s gummy smile, split the cost with your sibs and surprise your folks with a more up-to-date snapshot just in time for the holidays.
Lacey Yantis and Aaron Blank’s Hawaii wedding was more than a personal milestone for them—it was the beginning of a shared career in wedding photography. The duo now helm Visions of Romance, named Top Wedding Photographer by Real Simple and awarded a spot in The Knot’s Best of Weddings list in 2011. The studio’s shoots unobtrusively chronicle nuptials, from the bridal party’s primping to the reception, in a style that marries photojournalism with a touch of traditional wedding portraiture. Afterward, couples view and proof images in private online galleries, collecting physical photos in optional keepsake wedding albums from designers such as Graphistudio and La-vie Album. The photographers also capture couples’ connections in engagement shoots, or outdoor shoots in which brides "trash” their dress post-wedding by wearing it into the ocean or to a food fight.
Jason Kvame of Elysium Photography captures memorable moments in sharp detail and vibrant color during portrait sessions for families, newborns, individuals, and moms-to-be. He also covers weddings, including engagement and postceremony sessions. Product photography is among his services, as well.