Ronnie Owings began his photographic career when Robert Kennedy hired him to snap candid photos at family parties. His ability to turn fleeting moments into professional, elegant images has led to a flourishing career, and his work has appeared in magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Art & Antiques, and Elegant Bride.
Ronnie's reassuring demeanor relaxes subjects into natural poses— whether he's handing a toddler a favorite toy instead of a boring prop, or calming a yapping dog with a bone that tastes like a mailman's slacks. The resulting prints of families, kids, high-school seniors, or beloved pets take on an almost dream-like state, enhanced by digital effects such as text or oil painting. Shoots take place at his studio, which was built in 1899. Antique furniture and props still dot the interior, as do rustic fireplaces and a front porch that lends a visual glimpse of a more relaxing era. Outdoor paths wind through groves of waterfalls and azaleas, all leading to a barn that houses a living room and library, ideal for family portraits.
Fresh Air Bar-B-Que's owners, David and George Barber, preserve family recipes passed down by their grandfather and continue to slow-cook barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, and a menu steeped in traditional Southern flavor harking back to the restaurant’s 1929 founding.
Sycamore Learning Company's founder and owner Patrick Minnihan estimates that he's helped more than 10,000 students with the SATs and ACTs over his decade as a tutor. Today, he leads a team of diverse instructors made up of professionals ranging from educators and ex-guidance counselors to former attorneys and leech trainers made obsolete by modern medicine. No matter what fields they come from, all of the company’s test prep pros have a deep understanding of the exams' unique requirements, helping students decode the mysteries of the Scantron during engaging tutoring sessions.
John and Melissa Wood draw on their respective Master of Art Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees to train artists visiting their Unchartered Creativity studio. Intimate classes are offered to students of all skill levels in media ranging from wood burning and charcoal portraiture to still life drawing and painting. John and Melissa are always available during these lessons for personal coaching on techniques such as perspective and shading.