Justin Fassio earned his personal-training certification during his time in the military, when his passion for exercise landed him the chance to lead a physical training program for an Air Force–operations group. Once his time in the force was up, he didn't leave his love of fitness back at base—he brought it home with him. Today, he leads outdoor fitness programs for all citizens.
Nutritionist Rachel Bowman has a background in Clinical and Holistic Nutrition, offering a wide acumen of current nutritional research. Her career now emphasizes weight management in all walks of life, ranging from digestive health to healthy eating while traveling. Her sports enthusiasm has also forged professional relationships with athletes and key athletic trainers.
The partnership of the two is ideal at San Diego Core Fitness, where staffers emphasize that fitness and nutrition always work hand-in-hand. The varied boot-camp workouts fuse fun and motivation with functional training techniques designed to help build up neglected core muscles and regain muscular balance. Personal-training sessions are supplemented with nutritional advice and lifestyle counseling, and keeps semiprivate training sessions small so that each participant can receive individual attention. During outdoor boot camps, groups make use of whatever the locations offer as equipment—depending on the scenery, they wade through deep beach sand, run up open-air stairs, and bench-press park benches.
Dennis Mock's self-proclaimed spontaneity and documentary spirit have earned him dozens of local and national awards from photographers associations and national camera companies. His background in sports photography allows him to capture split-second moments of joy or truly spectacular action passes of familial play, and his experience in architectural photography gives him a natural sense of composition—whether he’s at parks, beaches, or shooting a newborn session in his professionally lit studio. Before each shoot, he discusses costuming and venue choice with clients to decide how and where to best capture the earnest smiles of graduates and high school seniors, the savvy stare during business head shots, the doting looks of parents, the proud family and kid moments, and the uninterested glances of celebrity trees. When he's not out taking photos, Dennis is busy helping others hone their composition and lighting skills during photography workshops that cover everything from camera functions to digital editing and the importance of storytelling.
Spotlight Studios might as well be the Justice League of the photography business. After three years of running the business solo, fashion specialist Kyla sent out the call for seasoned shutterbugs. She was answered by Kristina, Joanna, Gary, and Dan, who now contribute to the creative melting pot. Kyla brings expertise from her studies in fashion photography, during which she mentored under the renowned Roxanne Lowit. Graphic designer Kristina embraces whimsy, comedy, and the surreal in her editorial features. Joanna projects her passion for art through creative, memorable portraits. Gary brings a fun-loving approach to his work, and Dan's landscape photography style comes to live with his portraits.
The photographers bring their talent to shoots for weddings, family portraits, newborns, and modeling portfolios. They welcome clients into a sunlit studio or travel to scenic locales, including La Jolla Cove and Balboa Park. The spotlight studio crew also takes sultry snapshots for boudoir compilations, framing subjects against sunlit sheets, posh Victorian wallpaper, and gritty urban backgrounds.
As the lead designer for a large contractor, Alon David frequently contacted photographers to snap photos of his team’s work. However, his aesthetic preferences rarely matched up with the photographer’s, so he began to do the job himself. After the hobby blossomed into a passion, Alon decided to open his own photography studio.
Since then, he's brought his keen eye for design to his primarily outdoor photo shoots with kids, couples, and families. He often experiments with camera angles, snagging eye-level shots of toddlers to view the world from their point of view, or snapping overhead pictures of his young subjects to capture their innocence and curiosity. He likes to tinker with the focus, too, shifting between large and shallow depths of fields to focus on one subject and make the other blurrier than a cheetah in a sports car. The resulting black-and-white, sepia, or color photos are always carefully framed around the location, such as the large exposed roots of a Moreton Bay fig tree at Balboa Park.
Growing up, photographs were an important part of Bill Keane’s life. His parents prized portrait photography and snapped photos of Bill as a baby and on their family vacations. In his early 20s, these photos served as a way of reconnecting with his parents after their passing. He went on to hone his shutter savvy by working out of his college dorm room to take wedding photos in 1968. Today, the art of photography has evolved immensely—but Bill's love of telling stories through images has endured.
Bill and his staff of seasoned professionals expertly capture family memories during photo sessions. Their specialties include Baby Steps pictures to chronicle young ones' first years, family photos to record rare acts of family members remaining still, and senior portraits to commemorate high-school years.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.