Married for nine years and a photography team for five, Brian and Jennifer Hartman bring an artistic touch and approach to their on-location photography. Employing a photojournalistic style and dramatic lighting, they capture solo subjects and groups during posed and candid moments, earning critical acclaim from the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and The Knot and placing images in the pages of Elle and Seattle Bride magazines.
Not content to simply point and shoot, the Hartmans light compositions using chiaroscuro or high-exposure natural lighting and often accentuate subjects with extreme angles, forced perspective, or unique natural surroundings. They shoot in vibrant color or black and white, and can edit photos to enhance colors or, by request, replace each subject’s face with Winston Churchill’s. Though the Hartmans use professional tools, they’re glad to help students break into photography via ultra-accessible devices such as the iPhone—following in the footsteps, they note, of Annie Leibovitz, who endorsed the iPhone’s camera on NBC Nightly News in 2011. When not conducting on-location sessions, Brian also leads large-scale workshops in which they pass on their knowledge through graphic slideshows and hands-on training.
James Wright has made a career out of breaking a sweat. An athlete in all sorts of sports in school, he went on to earn a degree in exercise physiology and become a personal trainer. He then discovered kettlebells and a passion for the low-impact weightlifting they offered. He quickly earned his Russian Kettlebell Certification and began teaching classes. As the owner and head trainer at Billings Kettlebell Club, James helps clients sculpt their physiques while having fun and, most importantly, staying safe.
At 9Round Fitness, there are no class times. Rather, clients work out on their own time, completing a circuit workout with nine different stations developed by a professional fighter. The various stations incorporate cardio and interval training from boxing and kickboxing programs?from jumping rope to punching the speed bag. To help improve results and ensure safety, a personal trainer walks exercisers through each station.
Jamie Beeson is a walking paradox: a workout expert who loves to eat cookies. The personal trainer and head of Workoutplanz, however, doesn't view her fondness for dessert as a flaw—she believes practical fitness regimens should allow for life's indulgences and interruptions. Therefore, she caters her programs to women of all backgrounds, personally testing out her suggestions before recommending them to others.
Jamie's workout plans range from Weight Loss 101 Plan, which offers beginners guidance on diets and exercise, to the Busy Mom's Workout Plan with grocery lists and at-home fitness routines that accommodate hectic schedules. Though they achieve different aims, most of these plans include a nutritional and workout component, as well as scheduling tools that help keep participants on track. Resources on the Workoutplanz website also supplement training efforts. Clients can watch video tutorials on each exercise, read up on how to monitor their heart-rates, and even download a music playlist for an invigorating treadmill session.
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.
After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and having her thyroid removed, Lea Jacobson needed a jolt of vigor. She found it in a Bikram yoga class. Today, at Bikram Yoga Billings, she and her fellow certified instructors share Bikram yoga's rejuvenating sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises with others. Aside from the poses, what differentiates the 90-minute classes from other yoga styles is that they take place in a 105-degree studio. In addition to helping you defrost that evening's dinner, the heat also amplifies the benefits, which include increased flexibility, decreased stress, and boosted strength. If you don't have 90 minutes, which is how long the standard classes take, Jacobson and company schedule express classes that last 50 minutes.