Though it seems as if any person or sentient cellphone can call itself a photographer these days, Heather Lussier represents the old guard of shutterbugs who go through rigorous classes and have to pass industry standards for both technical and artistic skills. Today, with more than 20 years of experience behind her, the certified professional photographer puts this know-how to use in connecting with all her clients, even the four-legged furry ones. With a passion for photography that began at age 5, she artfully frames and skillfully snaps portraits of families, kids, and pets. She powwows with clients before each session?either at their home or in her studio?before laying out a detailed plan and determining the best wall for displaying the portraits. While she takes her craft seriously, she keeps all meetings and shoots casual, with an aim toward capturing each subject at his or her most relaxed. Once images are trapped in time, she offers options other than standard prints, such as museum-quality canvas gallery wraps, hand-cut stone photo tiles, sterling-silver photo jewelry, and designer photo bags.
When he returned from Vietnam as a US Army Ranger in 1969, Doctor of Chiropractic Watson brought back a souvenir that would change his life: a severely injured back. Disillusioned with the impersonal approach of his medical team, he refused surgery, even though his pain persisted. Finally, a friend recommended chiropractic care, which not only relieved Dr. Watson's discomfort but also inspired him to become a chiropractor himself. His commitment to the surgery-free, holistic discipline was redoubled years later, when his 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis. Dr. Watson devoted his days and nights to scoliosis research, and his office became a certified scoliosis treatment center.
Today, Dr. Watson alchemizes his own health successes into a chiropractic practice that helps others lead lives free of pain and anvil-stuffed backpacks. Aside from treating aches with rehabilitation and chiropractic machines, he renders sleeker figures with nutrition counseling and Zerona treatments.
Professional photographer Aaron Blumenshine has an eye for bold, daring images and a knack for drawing out beauty and personality in each of his subjects. Whether capturing band promos, weddings, or fashion models, his creative shoots showcase his imagination's vast potential. Saturated with rich, vibrant colors, many of his images exude the quality of a surreal illustration, captivating the eye with textural and surprising elements that often tell a story. In addition to his signature artistic photo style, he also snaps journalistic-style photos for weddings, capturing the bride and groom walking down the aisle, the couple’s first kiss, and the bridesmaid catching the bouquet in her mouth.
For more than 30 years, JP Digital Imaging has festooned office walls, and pizzazz-needing ceilings with vibrant prints and high-quality images from its Mountain View press. The Wall-EZ mural sticker is an easy-to-hang peel-and-stick self-adhesive, made up to 2'x4' in size, and designed to cling to any surface without leaving behind sticky residue or lingering outlines of frescoed cherubs. Choose from one of JP Digital’s 12 breath-siphoning stock images, such as a sepia-rendered vertical view of the Eiffel Tower or a nostalgia-inducing nighttime photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge to festoon a living space. Creative types may also submit their own high-resolution image to JP Digital’s website and let the professionals transform it into a dazzling decoration, sure to enliven even the dingiest dorm room, dullest lobby, or most stalactite-riddled man cave.
When Jess Dang started Cook Smarts in 2011, she didn't entirely realize what she was getting into. At the time, she was working a corporate desk job by day and unwinding in the kitchen by night, mastering the skills she would soon introduce to the digital world. Her culinary hobby became a blog, then a catering service, and then a supper club for her friends. Cook Smarts was a way for Dang to make cooking a full-time gig, and started as kitchen lessons for home cooks and high-school students. But one thing became clear the more lessons she gave: most Americans simply don't have a firm grip on the fundamentals of the kitchen?from knife skills to food storage to making the most of a limited budget.
That's where meal plans come in. By designing simple, delicious, and healthy meal plans in week-long increments, Dang makes it easy for even beginner cooks to earn their kitchen legs. These plans take into account such lifestyles as vegetarianism, paleo, and gluten-free diets. Even better, the plans build off of each other by reusing ingredients and incorporating leftovers to simplify grocery shopping. Supplemented by Dang's informative online lessons, meal plans demystify the kitchen from the pantry to the broiler.
Hypnotherapy often conjures up images of magician-like performers who cause audience members to strut around the stage like chickens. But for professional hypnotherapist Rich D. Rios, Jr., this type of stage hypnotherapy is vastly different than what he does. As he promises on his website, he won’t make anyone cluck like a chicken unless that is their goal. Instead, the master's-degree-holding Rios, who is trained in basic, clinical, advanced, and medical hypnotherapy, helps his clients reach a controlled, trance-like state. This process is designed to keep them completely conscious and able to delve into entrenched issues or solve complex crossword puzzles. Through in-depth, one-on-one sessions, Rios helps his clients address concerns such as smoking, chronic pain, and phobias.