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.
Online Trading Academy's experienced investors educate the uninitiated in the world of high-profile stock trading with onsite and at-home seminars and CD courses. Since the academy’s creation in 2001, more than 24,000 pupils have mastered the intricacies of complicated stock profiles, linear regressions, and market predictors to hedge against downturns and ride upturns like a cowboy on a dollar-spewing comet. The company's different branches of education focus on every aspect of wealth gain and management, with lessons on options, stock, and currency trading in both a global environment or across a bloodstained Monopoly board. Specialty courses round out each burgeoning trader's toolkit with personalized plan creation and in-depth technical analysis, while a treasure trove of resources ranges from one-on-one dialogues with the pros to a specially designed trading platform for PCs.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
Current and former military and law enforcement officers comprise the staff of instructors at Blue Line Defense, who aim to increase firearm awareness and the training level of the general public with each class they teach. The course list runs the gamut from introductory defensive handgun lessons to women's self defense and advanced group training classes. The site also provides firearm-related resources for the community, such as familiarization with use-of-force laws, firearm-sales intricacies, and gun-naming dos and don’ts. Blue Line also regularly participates in fundraisers and charities to help give back to the community.
The encouraging instructors and professors at Vesper College, a graduate school of fine arts and architecture, sharpen students’ understanding of design and bolster their respect for ecological balance. With a two-year curriculum, their MFA program in Ecological Architecture guides participants to mastering such disciplines as interior design, landscape design, construction management, and public-installation art. The school also hosts classes for the community, getting toes wet in various forms of art including brass sculpture and reshaping crowbars into clef notes.
Five-time NCAA national champions, the Golden Gophers burrow themselves in the chilly coliseum of Mariucci Arena, taking knocks and slinging pucks as the UMN's official men’s hockey team. Use today's deal to snag a seat or some standing space and watch them pound pain-induced howls from the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, banishing them back to their underwater homes to eternally serve as Poseidon's newspaper fetchers. Ward off the ice's tundra tendrils with a long-sleeved Golden Gophers shirt as you cackle at team mascot Goldy and his gopher antics, which include tunneling up through the seats to steal popcorn from unsuspecting fans. This ticket is only valid for the game on Friday, January 28, at 7 p.m., and both the ticket and shirt must be picked up at will-call by 5 p.m. any day on the week of the game.