Owner Bethany created her company's moniker as play on her last name, Applegarth. Apple A Day Photography, however, also reflects her attitude toward photography: like eating fruit, surrounding yourself with pictures of family and friends promotes wellness. At photo shoots, Bethany works to make sure photographs aren't just pictures, but artful compositions that capture happiness, candid moments, and personality quirks. She lends her camera skills and sunny demeanor to wedding ceremonies and photo shoots for high-school seniors, families, and couples.
Access Arts, a community-focused nonprofit, welcomes children and adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to discover the joy of artistic creation with 200 annual classes, earning attention from the Missourian for its work with students with special needs. During six-week sessions, experienced, compassionate instructors guide learning hands through pottery building, weaving, writing stories, and drawing, and help budding Michelangelos discover if their muses call out to them via telephone or semaphore. Classes for pupils with special needs support both children and adults with extra assistance as they knead clay or dabble in mixed media, and Access Arts’ fee waivers and scholarships enable learners from all income levels to tap into inspiration. Founded in 1971 to widen opportunities for the disabled, Access Arts is now in its fifth decade of enriching the Columbia area with classes and outreach programs that remind people that paintbrushes can be used for more than coloring dead plants a lively shade of green at the end of housesitting stints.
The photographers at Creative Photo rely on professional training and a mastery of capturing family moments to guarantee 100% satisfaction with photography sessions and prints inked on site. The studio nestles on two acres of natural backdrops and overlooks Grindstone Nature Area, which furnishes an additional 300-acre expanse for outdoor sittings. Much like the pouch of a giant kangaroo, the 4,000-square-foot studio accommodates groups of more than 40 people and provides plenty of space for single or paired subjects. To add to their portfolio of joyfully posed family portraits, personalized graduation pictures, and full-color shots of wide-eyed children, the studio's photographers also cart their gear to weddings and commercial shoots.
Drawing on a shared passion of photographing their own children, friends Meagan Dalton and Laura Harmon joined forces in 2007 and founded True Life Images. What began as a home-photography business quickly expanded, and in 2008 they moved into their full-service studio, where they cull palpable evidence of smiling families, love-struck couples, and cuddly babies in vivid light and with flattering poise. The photogs also haul their equipment and talent to homes, parks, and wedding-invitation font samplings to document subjects posing in the comfort of their own environments or the beauty of a natural setting. With a secure online viewing gallery, subjects can peruse their portraits without fear of paper cuts.
Since its founding in 2005, "Inside Columbia" magazine has been inspiring spirited water-cooler chat with its coverage of all things new and noteworthy in the city. Photos of mid-Missouri day-trip destinations, colorful local shops, and besotted brides and grooms grace its glossy pages. Chefs share recipes for everything from bourbon cocktails to Peruvian ceviche, while restaurant profiles keep readers up-to-date on the city's culinary scene. Besides the magazine, "Inside Columbia" also hosts a wide range of events, from the College of Barbecue Knowledge to the annual Wine and Food Festival.
Chief among photographer Angelique’s loves in life is the art she produces behind a camera. Her work often takes her traveling to locations across Columbia, where she harnesses the natural light of the morning and evening to capture her subjects in vibrant color and classic black and white, with her own antique props in tow. A mother of four, it’s no coincidence that she specializes in family photography; among her specialties is capturing keepsake images of newborns and happy couples. Her work also encompasses portraits of high-school seniors bound for their first trials in the real world, such as convincing bouncers that they have diplomatic immunity.