Spotlighted in Time magazine and the New York Times, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is a nationally renowned program offering a unique take on musical education for children 3 months to 4 years old. Classes consist of 45 minutes of singing, dancing, musical storytelling, and jamming. Children's songsmith David Weinstone designed a curriculum celebrating the urban environment as well as universal concerns of youth via his classes, which have exploded into the national spotlight since their humble beginnings in 1997. Rather than being strict and results-driven, the teaching style at Music for Aardvarks is based on adult modeling and exposing children to ideas and sounds without dumbing them down. Parent participation is strongly encouraged for atonal squealers and former Yes drummers alike. Check the Music for Aardvarks website for the drop-in sessions and 10-class series schedules.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
It's probably fair to say that Popstudios photographer Brian Dalthorp shot one of the more intimate campaign photos for New York's 2010 mayoral race—the candidate was in his underwear. The photo, which became a poster for the Naked Cowboy's run for office, resides in a body of work that has also been featured on CNN and in Rolling Stone. In addition to commercial photography for clients such as Captain Morgan, Brian can focus his lens for intimate family portraits, weddings, or laundry sortings.
Graphic designer Adriana Reynoso represents the other half of Popstudios portfolio, performing everything from print work for album covers and advertisements to T-shirt designs for Girlstar and OP. For fledgling businesses or CEOs with terrible memories, Adriana can help draft company logos or branded materials.
Founded by social-marketing and digital-design guru Stephen Churchill, Winston NYC helps families, newlyweds, and businesses look their best with expert photo, video, and graphic-design services. Winston's photographers and filmmakers fill their ever-expanding portfolio with rich, saturated colors, tender moments, and backgrounds free of ghosts just standing there. The talented multimedia artists tackle their tasks with a passionate zeal and a hip, modern aesthetic, resulting in crisply edited commercials, clean, clear logos, and website designs with distinctive and eye-catching branding.
Charity de Meer was raised on the photos in fashion magazines. Over the years, she developed her own keen sense of alternative fashion—as well as an approach to photography that's led her across the East Coast, and to the Caribbean and South America. Whether shooting portraits, weddings, or magazine covers, Charity adopts a photojournalistic approach to capture intimate moments. She wields her camera as the unnoticed observer instead of constantly directing her subjects on how to pose or pretend a giant spider is above them. Using natural light, color palettes, and creative composition, she captures her subjects in their natural state, whether in a gym's boxing ring or in a field of tall grasses. If desired, she can substitue colors with black and white in post production.