Francisco Antonio Rodrigues da Silva⎯better known to his students as Mestre Fran⎯began his journey with Caopeira at age 10, studying the ancient dancelike martial art under a seasoned teacher in Sao Paolo. After years of learning the hypnotic rhythmic moves of Capoeira and studying the African dance rhythms of Macuele, Mestre Fran took his art to the streets of Londrina, Brazil, giving impoverished youth a positive outlet for their creative energies with public performances and classes. After developing a successful martial arts organization in his home country, Mestre Fran set out for the United States in 2002, introducing Americans to Caoperia through cultural shows throughout the Atlanta area and instructing newcomers through beginner, children's, and adult classes.
Like punching a portrait of your smug fruit bowl, capoeria combines both art and fighting. The practice develops the mind, body, and spirit by instilling self-confidence, building agility and strength, and teaching students about the vibrant culture of Brazil. Capoeiristas twist and bob to the rhythm of drums as they execute gymnastic kicks and turns, or they show off their newfound knowledge at the studio's Friday-night Samba, Macuele, and Portuguese language classes.
The first year of life holds so many milestones: the first step, the first Christmas, the first time baby realizes “coo” is the word for everything. As the parents of three young children, photography team James (a self-taught photographer) and Michelle Hill (a model and actress) understand that well. That’s why the Hills offer their Bebe Collection photography packages, which document Baby’s first year with photo shoots at three to four months, at eight months, and at one year. Each shoot captures a different aspect of infancy, from the debut of teensy feet and toes to the discovery of crawling.
The Bebe Collection exemplifies what James and Michelle do best: capture newborns, children, and maternity in evocative and personal photo shoots. For family portraits, James stays behind the camera and Michelle is in charge of styling as shoots unfold at the studio, at the client’s home, or at a location of the client’s choice, be it a local park or a place that is special to the family.
Dwayne Bass discovered his passion for wedding photography at an early age while working alongside his father. During this time, Dwayne learned to maintain a connection with the bride, groom, and members of the wedding party. Today, he shares those passions with his photographers at BassPhotography, ensuring that newlyweds walk away with photographic keepsakes that blend the solemnity of the event with the spontaneous charm of unguarded moments. Whether they're taking home portraits or wedding day candids, newlyweds can preserve their favorite pictures with products such as prints and CDs of images.
The professional photographers at BlackBox Visions Photography capture fleeting moments and immortalize them forever. They make an effort to connect with clients and take the time to understand what makes each one unique so they can translate that personality and beauty to their photographic art. Their services span all occasions, including glamour and headshots, editorial spreads, fashion photography, and music photography.
Mike Moreland's portfolio bursts apart at the seams with the work of more than 15 years in architecture, fashion, and advertising photography. The award-winning photographer's three-hour workshops, typically lead by two–four expert shutterbugs, teach neophytes and hobbyists the tricks and tools to snap professional-grade shots. After 45 minutes of instruction, students spend just over two hours honing their burgeoning skills, capturing images on their own DSLRs or with a chisel and stone tablet. Guests walk out of the sessions knowing how to manipulate light sensors, how to adjust shutter speeds with a special emphasis on nature photography, and the basics of studio lighting, wedding portraiture, and shooting in urban settings. Read the FAQ to learn more.
Since emerging from the static in 1985, Video Impact has evolved step for step with technology to help customers haul their memories safely into the future. Equipped with the latest in professional editing software, the company's savvy techs produce high-quality transfers, including VHS and photos, to DVD. From corporate training videos to home videos chronicling the time-lapse blossoming of a plastic houseplant, clients preserve their onscreen moments and even add special effects, layering, and moving graphics to final productions. Video Impact's repertoire of memory-saving services expands into the audible realm, as the tunes from vinyl records and cassette tapes can be moved to CDs while retaining the appeal of their glow in a groovy black light.