Informed by an ever-growing body of developmental research, classes at The Music Class introduce tots to tunes and concepts that boost creativity and listening skills. In Music Pups (a $72 value) courses, children under 4 years of age gleefully sing, dance, and bang away on rudimentary instruments such as the drums or theremin. Four and 5-year-olds learn concepts of tone and rhythm in the Music Cats course (a $77 value), which lets kids experiment with keyboards before defending their dissertations on the narrative redundancies of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Each 45-minute course meets four times in one month-long segment, and includes CDs for parents to play at home to follow up on in-class tutelage. This Groupon may also be used toward The Music Class' ten-week music courses.
Picasso's Corner's imaginative artists offer step-by-step instruction to guide students of all skill levels as they craft 16"x20" paintings. Classes, running either two hours Tuesday-Wednesday or three hours Thursday-Saturday, are scheduled at 7 p.m. and include all necessary materials such as acrylic paint, brushes, high-powered paintball guns, easels, aprons, and canvases. Patrons may use provided bottle openers and cups during class to enjoy self-supplied beer, wine, and snacks. The studio's three-hour open-studio sessions offer a more independent painting session devoid of step-by-step instruction and performance-enhancing hugs.
In lieu of studios and backdrops, Jennifer Nicole conducts her sessions on location, where the atmosphere is more fun and real. This is in an effort to give each of her clients a magical memory, and her photography aims to elicit the emotions as if they were living that moment for the first time. Her shoots leave ample room for wardrobe changes and often incorporate props, such as baskets and blankets for newborns. Once her appointments wrap, Jennifer preserves her clients’ favorite photos with prints, online viewing galleries, and DVDs with high-resolution images to help turn those moments into lasting memories.
Just as couples overlook nothing while planning a wedding, so Tasley Taylor overlooks nothing while photographing it. Throughout wedding days, Tasley snaps candid and posed photos of everything from the bridal party to flower arrangements and the newlyweds' first dance. After retouching and editing her strongest images, she preserves them with myriad products, including storybooks and DVDs loaded with high-resolution images. Tasley applies that same eye for detail to her other sessions, be they family portraits, event photography, or headshots.
Husband-and-wife team Robert and Sonia combine two types of life experience to make a truly versatile photography company. Robert spent a decade photographing his travels around the world, including trips to Sweden, Chile, and Hawaii. Sonia, on the other hand, learned about lighting, styling, and posing during her years as a model for such companies as Gap, Reebok, and United Colors of Benetton.
Now, as the faces behind 29:11 Photography, the couple shoots portraits set in the studio or outside at various scenic locations. Flowering fields and graffiti-covered walls serve as backdrops for graduating seniors or expectant mothers. Newborn photo packages follow babies for their entire first year of growth, and wedding shoots follow the bride and groom on their special day, capturing everything from the “I do’s” to the traditional bride-and-cake dance.
Mike Moreland's portfolio bursts apart at the seams with the work of more than 15 years in architecture, fashion, and advertising photography. The award-winning photographer's three-hour workshops, typically lead by two–four expert shutterbugs, teach neophytes and hobbyists the tricks and tools to snap professional-grade shots. After 45 minutes of instruction, students spend just over two hours honing their burgeoning skills, capturing images on their own DSLRs or with a chisel and stone tablet. Guests walk out of the sessions knowing how to manipulate light sensors, how to adjust shutter speeds with a special emphasis on nature photography, and the basics of studio lighting, wedding portraiture, and shooting in urban settings. Read the FAQ to learn more.