In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. At Gymboree Play & Music, you and your child will build creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships.
Whether its family or high school senior pictures, custom-designed family photo holiday cards, or professional executive and business portraits, Spotlight Photography's Mark T. Watson has established dominance over the photographic arts. Taking an artistic approach, his subjects pose in front of celebrated area parks and landmarks, or decamp to the studio's two-acre estate where a ring of piney evergreens conceals rustic accents including a barn, and gazebo. In addition to overseeing these shoots, Mark also focuses on the needs of the community, helping local kids battle cancer and other illnesses through their participation in Flashes of Hope.
With a love for candid shots and days spent traveling to homes, weddings, and parks, life passes through photographer Stephen Jeffery Crabtree’s eyes as a series of still moments from which beauty can be taken, whether accidental or composed. Depending upon the size and nature of the shoot, he arrives by himself or with up to three other photographers to help him capture every angle of special moments. His fully equipped studio prints high-quality images on demand, and all wedding packages come with full rights for brides and grooms, who can print out favorite shots of themselves at their leisure and turn them into masks so that their special day lasts forever.
Flashes flicker from coast to coast in StacksPhoto's classes. Photographers of all experience levels learn fundamental lessons on evocative composition, balancing light and dark, and capturing memorable shots without photographing National Geographic pages. Other lessons include understanding optics and the effects a lens has on the image, and learning to use the camera’s manual mode.
Astra Creative Photography & Design's newly-married founders, Tabitha and Armando, team up with camera sharpshooters to capture weddings, families, high-school seniors, and newborns with a fashion-inspired photojournalistic style. On-location or in-studio, the team creates richly saturated and detailed images using selective focus, creative compositions, and expert lighting—techniques that they expound on during workshops. They then transform the collected photographs into custom books, retouched digital images, and prints that patrons can display on living-room walls or paste into history books.