A bride and two of her bridesmaids strike Charlie’s Angels poses, their guns replaced with bouquets, in one image from Justin Hill’s portfolio of artful wedding shots. In another, a child tries on a floor length wedding dress, looking disappointed as its skirt polls on the parquet floor; in a third, a couple’s hands interlace next to Scrabble tiles that spell out “forever.” A proponent of candid shots, Hill nevertheless stylizes his photos with funky locations and unique composition, having a couple pose atop rustic railroad ties, honing in on their locked hands, or cropping out their faces to appease invisible relatives. To ensure smooth shoots, Hill keeps his cell phone with him at all times to answer any questions the couple may have.
The friendly, experienced teachers at Allegro School of Music delight ears and bolster brains with a variety of music and movement activities for learners of all ages. The summer music pass offers tune-thusiasts two private lessons, with choices ranging from classical violin to blues kazoo (a $40 value). Children ages 5 and younger can enjoy sing-along songs, puppet theater, and tent-fort jam sessions at four open-play sessions (a $20 value), and those 7 and younger may attend four craft- and story-filled classes with their parents and other families, exploring exciting themes such as farm life, dinosaur kingdoms, and cat ennui (a $60 value). Hit up the Family Music Festival on July 26 at 10 a.m. and use the included $5 for food toward concession delights. Festival admission is free.
On any given day within WorkShoots’ 1,280-square-foot studio, the shining wooden floors and cheery yellow walls echo with the clicks of cameras and shine with bursts of flashing light. Committed to granting photographers of all levels access to a professionally equipped space, WorkShoots rents out the studio throughout the week for individual and group use. They foster a community of photographers via their photography club for members eager to interact with others in the area and partake in regularly scheduled photo shoots. They also host a variety of photography classes ranging from The Fundamentals of Photography for beginners to an advanced Boss Your Lights Around: Studio Lighting Class, which teaches participants how to illuminate a photo via lamps, light meters, and the glow of lurking phantoms.