NatureScapes supplies customers with greenery, flowers, and ornamental accents for any horticultural endeavor, with an emphasis on outdoor container gardens. Cloaked in white shingles and skirted in natural wooden planters, NatureScapes’ shop invites aspiring plantologists to explore their vast and varied options. Blooms abound for those wishing to choreograph a riotous dance of color in homes or yards, ranging from florist-quality orchids that can flourish for up to six months ($29+) to outdoor plants including organic herbs, vegetables, decorative hanging baskets, and select trees and shrubs ($4.99+). With improved control over soil conditions and pests, container garden plants ($4.99+) give brown thumbs a second or third chance to apologize to nature and earn valuable dirt cred. Those who have already defected to the rewarding yet growth-stilted world of outdoor pottery and garden ornaments ($59+) will find plenty of potential replacements for a wandering garden yeti, and urban dwellers delight in the selection of indoor plants and pottery ($15+), any of which can be potted on-site by the nature-nurturing staff.
Whether snapping photos at an event or inside her studio, professional photographer Carmen Celentano takes cues from her subjects to ensure that they are comfortable while being photographed and looking their best in each retouched image. Although she praises black-and-white film for its unparalleled romantic appeal, Carmen also shoots in color to capture the hues of a bridesmaid’s dress or the best man’s traditional tie-dyed tuxedo. In addition to documenting special events, Carmen also teaches beginner photography lessons and snaps shots of models to help build their portfolios at in-studio shoots.
The trainers at K-Fitness & Athletic Performance seek to build overall athleticism in athletes and civilians with group and individual boot camps and training. Their training method encompasses a specialized program consisting of movement, weight-room training, core conditioning, prehab, sports massage, pool exercise, nutrition, regeneration, stretching, and mental conditioning. By having athletes perform exercises such as weightlifting, agility training, and sled pulling and pushing, trainers help them make improvements in areas such as speed, agility, vertical leap, power, and top speed.
Julia Juliati inherited a fine camera sense from her father, a photographer, and honed it over a decade of portrait shooting. Juliati helps women unwind and showcase their sensuality in a contemporary studio, producing photos and albums to give to significant others or presidential biographers. Juliati Photography has certain props—such as masks and feathers—available for use during photo shoots, but customers must bring their own outfits and uncopyrighted facial expressions.
With Flip a Hit’s affordable alternatives to expensive event-photography packages, friends and family members become the creative directors behind big events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, and birthday parties. Days before the event, the company ships out five pocket-sized HD video cameras so the motley film crew can capture behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the bride’s stunt double. Multiple roving cameras catch views that a professional photographer might not, and unique angles that produce a wide range of classic and candid footage. After sending the recordings and equipment back to Flip a Hit, the business’s professional editors refine the raw footage and mail back a highlight reel in addition to the raw footage, all of which can also be hosted online.
Though his studio is stocked with impressive props and backgrounds, certified professional photographer Aaron Pepis abides by an old-school philosophy: treat every subject as a star. He captures stills of families, high-school seniors, actors, and even pets during customized shoots, and travels off-site to meticulously document weddings. His talent for preserving personalities in his images has led to his status as an in-demand lecturer and magazine contributor, both in America and overseas. Additionally, he can restore cherished antique photos that have been damaged or even ripped into multiple pieces.