Alfonso Ayala, who's been snapping photos for more than a decade and has professional graphic-design experience, loves to capture life's happiest moments, which is why he specializes in wedding and family photography. He also loves the technical aspect of photography and spends his free time experimenting with lights, equipment, and accessories, such as lens toupees, to figure out what steps he needs to take to capture the best image. Artful close-ups, classic portraits, and candid kisses pepper his portfolio, which represents a range of wedding vignettes.
The business operates out of local indoor and outdoor ranges.
During concealed-handgun-license courses, Tumbleson Arms has a limited amount of semi-automatic weapons available for rental, though most students bring their own.
As a firefighter, it's part of Jason M. Tumbelson's nature to serve his community. Tumbleson Arms Co. sprang from this sense of duty, as Jason's fellow firefighters often sought his expertise on how to responsibly own and operate a firearm. Inspired to get an instructor's license from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Jason now leads concealed-handgun-license courses at a variety of training sites. An admirer of firearms engineering, Jason also offers customization services.
Combining freeform painting with socializing, Shelley Shanks' Scribble Birds invites artists of all skill levels to join in colorful revelry by providing supplies and instruction in a relaxed environment. Groups gather around canvases and easels on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. for around two hours, grabbing drinks from the nearby bar that can serve as liquid inspiration or as a diluter for watercolor works. Paintbrushes dance across canvases, colorfully waltzing to the tune of the artists' desires and creating an original piece that accompanies students home.
It's safe to say that Bill McFerren knows more than most about firearms. He graduated from the Front Sight Training institute in Nevada, and before that he served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. More recently, Mr. McFerren has shared his expertise with others. The past decade and a half have turned him into an experienced firearms instructor, who teaches others the safe and proper use of handguns alongside partner Mark Giordonello: a retiree of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Tanya Gorguraki and Chris Chung bring more than four decades of combined diving experience to the classes at Dive Zone Scuba, a wealth of expertise that help the facility earned a five-star rating from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). The diving duo conducts confined water pool sessions in a heated Olympic-sized indoor pool, allowing students to focus on learning proper dive techniques in a controlled environment away from the ocean’s inconstant currents and heckling fish. Each of their courses equips students with certification in a particular area of diving proficiency, unlocking underwater avenues related to open water diving, rescue, or specialty skills.
In a world that's constantly shrinking due to communication technology, the ease of travel, and a mad scientist's reduction beam, bilingual people have a distinct advantage over single-language speakers. Futura Language Professionals embraces this development and prepares its students to tackle international affairs through schools scattered from Minnesota to Florida, offering accessible language courses with a special emphasis on Spanish. Degreed, native-speaking teachers lead classes with a balance of vocabulary and cultural lessons on music, art, and food. Summer camps and afterschool programs await students ages 3–12, whereas adults can hone their communication savvy in classes designed for business conversations, allowing expansion into overseas markets and more successful collaboration when making amusement parks on the moon.