Dan Salvo started as a full-time sports photographer, where he learned to snap photos at high speed while remaining an unobtrusive participant amid the action. He brings that same timing and technical mastery to wedding photography, trading the gymnasium for the reception halls and crosschecks for "I do's." The images in his portfolio play with exposure length and composition, as engaged couples write messages in sparkles or a fiancé flips his skateboard above his betrothed. Dan also imparts his unique blend of skills through introductory classes, and can record video documentaries of weddings that you can re-release on your 20th anniversary with an alternate ending.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
While looking through Nikicham Photography's portfolio, artful composition and elegant lighting jump out of the frame. But the pictures also exude their own distinct playfulness—whether it's a bride showing off her garter or a model gently biting the index finger on a long, black leather glove. These elements reflect the personality of the photographer, Shannon McMahon, who brings a love of family and a zest for life to everything she does. Though photography is her chief passion, her bon vivant energy is evident in her pursuit of other hobbies, including dancing and Zumba, which she is certified to teach professionally.
Instructor Owen Biddle shares his passion for shutterbugging during small, personalized classes at his eponymous photography school. A photo artist himself, Owen doesn't separate composition from technical instruction; instead, he invites students to see the artistic possibilities in everything they do with their cameras. Besides photography classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced, he also leads photo salons and field trips to help his pupils hone their skills.
Husband-and-wife team Amy and Jae Rice turn the camera on brides and grooms for truly unique wedding photos. While their reception pictures take on a more traditional look, the duo also takes brides on location to capture highly stylized images that resonate with personality. In fancy white gowns, brides pose atop tractors, at the edge of waterfalls, or along windowsills of abandoned buildings.
Weddings, engagements, and trash-the-dress sessions aren't their only bag, however. They also love capturing the personalities of moms-to-be, grads, newborns, and families with portrait sessions. Fleshing out the portfolios of professionals and performers with headshot sessions is another of their many specialties.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal is valid for rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, exhilarating sport classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's Open Gym sessions, as well as a $25 discount on Gymboree clothing with a $50 minimum purchase.