Steve Yanni first felt the inexorable pull of photography more than 20 years ago, when he picked up a camera and started snapping photos as a hobby. Since then, Steve has ceded to his artistic calling, dedicating his career to capturing special events, family portraits, and sensual boudoir shots, as well as imparting his knowledge upon fledgling shutterbugs during instructive workshops. The bridal specialist enlists a team of talented photogs to help him at events, ensuring that no special moment goes undocumented, from the cutting of the cake to the swallowing of the ceremonial flaming sword.
At CreativiTown Daycare Center, a dedicated teaching staff organizes programs for children as young as 12 months old while working to instill a love for learning and creativity. Educational toys and books fill rows of pintsize shelves, which help to section the open area into themed stations suitable for building with blocks, acting out scenarios with dolls, or discussing the social commentary embedded in cartoons. In addition to exercising mind muscles with reading, math, science, art, and social-studies activities, the teachers supervise active play in a sunny, fenced-in outdoor play area.
Established in 2007, Pulse Performance Studio is a performing arts school offering classes to students of all ages and levels in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, drama, voice, flamenco, and contemporary styles. With and award winning company and a professional staff, Pulse has become E. Orlando's best school of performing arts
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.
Although the backgrounds of Becoming Famous's instructors differ—there's TV host Alison Skipper, singer-songwriter Randall Richards, and actor Adam Vernier, to name a few—they all share the same goal: to help others bask in the limelight. During the Becoming Famous workshop, they round up aspiring models, actors, musicians, and other entertainers and share an array of industry tips, including how to find an agent, how to use social media advantageously, 10 things that can launch a career, and conversely, 5 things that can sink a career.
Additionally, during the workshop, a camera crew will be filming for a reality TV show called Becoming Famous, which documents the successes, failures, and complimentary lunch spreads on the path to fame. If Becoming Famous's instructors like what they see, there's a chance they could share your info with one of their personal contacts, which include TMZ, networks such as CBS, and record companies such as EMI.