Photographer Ali Acker preserves her clients' important life events through unique photo packages and custom-made memorabilia. Her "Watch Me Grow" photo sessions chart the growth of a child from pregnancy through his or her first birthday, culminating in a coffee table book with images taken throughout the year. Acker also snaps shots of families, friends, and graduating seniors, emblazoning photos on coffee mugs, calendars, and the moons of Jupiter.
The Vinery is a stained glass studio in Madison,WI. It is also a teaching studio and has been offering classes for over 25 years. The Vinery carries a great selection of supplies for the hobbyist and offers one of the best selections of classes in the midwest.
A nonprofit arts-education haven for the community, Rhapsody instructs budding virtuosos and aesthetes of all ages through programs in music, art, drama, and other distinctly cultured pursuits. The artistic equivalent of a superhero brigade, the roster of teachers includes many with master’s degrees in their specialty. Among the classes offered this summer, Songwriters Workshop teaches the basics of setting words to music and digging up repressed emotions about previous-life breakups (ages 13+, $75). Transformational Painting allows adults to conjure their inner oil painter (ages 18+, $115), and tenderfooted thespians can partake in Acting for Little Ones, a confidence-building primer designed to train the future cast of the impending Friends reboot (ages 4–6, $55).
Fotomojo’s team of pro shutterbugs empowers aspiring photographers with the skills to artfully manipulate the latest cameras and photography tools. They do that during workshops that cover everything from exposure to shutter speeds, manual modes, and HDR image processing. Hands-on shooting exercises also ensure students master techniques learned in classes.
When it comes to the arts, Jes Sudbrink has lots of passion to go around. She's a skilled choreographer, theater director, performer, and graphic designer. At White Anchor Photography, she flexes yet another artistic muscle: picture-taking. Her subjects are as eclectic as her interests—not only does she snap shots of families, couples, and kids, but also headshots and promotional stills for bands. To preserve her work for clients, Jes offers products including online galleries, discs of digital images, and prints.
The shutterbug instructors at Shoot Like A Pro cement photographic know-how into their clients’ craniums through technical lessons and onsite practice. During workshops and excursions, students first learn to manipulate their own cameras, picking up tips about ISO, f-stop, shutter speed and composition before testing their skills during two hours of shooting time. Shoot Like A Pro’s events lend themselves to all types of digital cameras as well as to beginner photographers and more experienced students looking to refresh their skills.