Lively photographers play off their high-energy subjects, moving around the studio as families, kids, and pets laugh, play, and display their natural character during relaxed in-studio portrait sessions. While cute and cuddly subjects often light up PortraitBug's flashbulbs, the photographers welcome a variety of other subjects, from families and expectant mothers to professionals in need of resume-worthy headshots and teens looking for the right glamour shot for their social-networking profiles. A link to a password-protected gallery grants continued, unlimited access to any previous shoots, shareable with friends and relatives for direct viewing and ordering.
Judith Farber owes her style of documentary photography, in part, to her first workshop in the 1970s with Ansel Adams and Yousuf Karsh. Instead of lugging around one of the massive 8”x10” view camera, she decided that she'd rather capture candid, behind-the-scenes images of the masters as they taught the class. Farber then began working as a photojournalist, seeing her photos credited in newspapers, magazines, and books all over the world. After traveling the globe for airlines and travel bureaus and cofounding the educational, member-based website Photoworkshop.com, Farber went on to teach composition to Tibetan children in Dharamsala, Chinese school kids, and New Yorkers—via her most recent teaching endeavor, Sundays In New York.
Farber teaches her students to share her love of street photography, showing them how to find the light and moments of energy that elevate snapshots into art. She shares instructor duties with Italian photojournalist and fashion photographer Lorenzo Fariello, whose Adobe Photoshop skills and expertise in nighttime photography allow him to edit a believable ghost into any dark hallway.
Internationally exhibited contemporary painter Rebecca Schweiger could let her dreamy forest landscapes and densely textured abstract oils speak for themselves. Instead, she constantly reaches out to other budding artists, helping them represent their own authentic voices in paint, through 10 years in her Upper West Side studio, The Art Studio NY. Schweiger's work with pupils in locations from Costa Rica to Israel to Texas inspired her to open her own studio, where she and her team of instructors lead students through workshops in painting and drawing landscapes and tastefully nude fruit.
As a former fashion print model, Michael Huhn knows how to work a camera. He proves he’s just as talented on the other side of the flash, however, during photo shoots at his New York, LA, and Miami studios. The Brooklyn native—whose images have been published in a self-titled book—specializes in portraitures, in which he plays with light and shadow to create dynamic shots of clients.
As any parents who've found themselves replacing careworn Wiggles albums or humming along with an accidentally memorized Raffi tune can attest, children are hardwired with a natural love of music. At The Early Ear, a staff of dedicated instructors nurtures this budding appreciation by encouraging musical curiosity and imagination. Their music programs—which are suitable for kids from 4 months to 5 years old—engage young minds, with sing-along activities and group exploration of the violin, guitar, accordion, cello, and other folk instruments. The teachers also show students the basics of reading music and decode the subtle jokes left in each of Beethoven's symphonies. Kids can also experience the power of music through dance classes, which teach them to express themselves through movement and eventually link steps together in order to flaunt new moves for their friends and family at the end of the course.