Pics4Kids is a professional photography and portraiture studio located between Bensonhurst and Borough Park in Brooklyn. We specialize in baby, child and family portraits and are open six days a week. We also offer photography services for birthdays, reunions, mitzvahs and all kinds of special occasions.
If visitors to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens forget their cameras, they can just buy one of the photo-drenched calendars featuring lush, verdant shots by Antonio M. Rosario. One of the two professional shutterbugs behind Switch to Manual, Rosario harnesses his 25 years in the photography business to capture striking pictures throughout the Big Apple, from sun-dappled angel statues in a cemetery to candids of shoppers in Chinatown. Along with Switch to Manual co-owner Tom Martinez, he also leads hands-on workshops, arming students with the skills to take inimitable pictures using manual camera controls, which prevent cameras from only photographing other cute cameras.
At Dea Music & Art School, instructors teach youngsters the fundamentals of artistic expression and musical performance. Art lessons teach the essentials of composition and visual narrative, whereas music lessons include piano, guitar, and violin as well as standard voice lessons and a musical-theater program.
Models aren't just born with the ability to command the catwalk. Rather, that combination of grace and assertiveness takes serious training with fashion experts. With more than two decades of industry experience under their impeccably coordinated belts, the instructors at Strut Modeling House provide mentoring and insight into the couture world. Students as young as 7 learn posing fundamentals during Diamond In The Rough, an intensive nine-month course that covers the intricacies of both modeling and acting during weekly sessions. The school also offers courses for those who don't aspire to a career in clothing; their four-month Strut Esteem course aims to instill students with the confidence needed to let their inner beauty shine.
Fashion shows, wedding ceremonies, and war zones were the training grounds for the tutors at Digi Foto School, an online repository of knowledge for amateur and professional photographers alike. Bearing such credentials, the faculty is more than qualified to lead online courses that cover everything from broad photo basics to niche specialties. Courses hone in on landscape photography, portraiture, and the extremely close-up style known as macro photography, perfect for a poignant image of a single flower petal or a terrifying journey into the nostril. The lessons and lectures may take place online, but the student-support team and the teachers themselves are always available for any questions about the course.
Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors—formerly known as Outdoor Bound—turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts—each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT—temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.