GymJay’s warehouse gym is steeped in functional fitness equipment such as dumbbells, medicine balls, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, Versa climbers, and squat racks. Certified trainers help members use equipment properly to get the most out of every workout, which can be tailored to challenge every fitness level. Trainers also modify exercises during group classes so everyone breaks a sweat.
DA Photography owner David Ashby offers a versatile slate of photography services to clients in the Great Falls area. At his studio, David frames subjects under the glow of professional lighting and in front of colorful backdrops, and they can choose to pose with a multitude of fun props. He also totes his camera to client-designated locations to snap photos, preserving all photos in edited, professional prints.
A grizzly bear wanders past an expanse of rolling, tree-dotted hills, pawing at the ground in search of a good place to eat. Meanwhile, a family stares in awe at this magnificent creature in its near-native habitat. And the whole thing is as safe as a trip to the department store. The Montana Grizzly Encounter rescues bears and gives the public a chance to see them up close in a safe environment. The park also focuses on educating the public about grizzly bears to keep both bear and human safe in the wild.
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.
A personal trainer's headshot sometimes hints at his or her approach to fitness. A stiff, smiling portrait could be an indication of a by-the-book trainer. You won't see any of those headshots on Yellowstone CrossFit's website. The photo of coach Wes Staton actually depicts him pushing a sled using only his body weight. That basically sums up the philosophy at Yellowstone, which is that intense versions of functional movements are the best way to not only shed pounds, but also prepare your body for everyday life. So instead of treadmills and buzzing TVs, the studio has equipment for dead lifts, jumping, squatting, and other strengthening moves.
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.