Although it was the burst of light from a Polaroid flash bar that initially drew Aubrey James to the photo world, the photographer prefers to work with her subjects in natural light. During shoots, she follows couples, children, and families through the park or along the beach, capturing a sense of fun and relaxation that simply cannot be replicated in the studio. After sessions, Aubrey retouches images and provides clients with the option to purchase prints or digital images that can be shared with grandparents who live in the Internet now.
Lee Gonzalez first got his hands on a camera at age 9—it was a Polaroid camera, and using it quickly became his obsession. By 13, he had a standard film camera and regularly burdened his parents with Ziploc after Ziploc of film rolls he demanded they drop off for development, or he wouldn't do his chores. In high school, his love of a landscape photography class made him believe he'd never be a portrait photographer, but that changed. As he got older, he started taking photos of friends as a favor, and when a buddy enlisted him to help shoot a wedding, Lee learned something surprising: he loved it. And ever since, he has worked as a wedding photographer. He snaps striking documentary-style photos of couples, resulting in natural-looking images that capture their personalities and true moments of happiness vs. those that highlight stuffy poses and fake smiles.
While nuptials are Lee's specialty, he also trains his lens on landscapes and architecture, crafting an ever-evolving portfolio whose virtuosity matches that of its emotive power.
Maintaining a healthy smile requires a comprehensive approach to dental care, one that focuses on preventative, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. At Modern Smiles Dentistry, Dr. Margarita Rivera and Dr. Huy Huynh embrace each of these approaches, routinely seeking out new training in the latest dental techniques and technologies along the way.
The doctors and their staff protect teeth by performing thorough cleanings and checking for potentially troublesome conditions. If teeth become damaged, crowns, veneers, or composite fillings can conceal signs of chips or cracks. The staff takes a deeper look beneath the gum line with diagnostic x-rays as well as DIAGNOdent equipment, which uses laser light scans to check for decay or teeth made entirely of prisms.
Family knickknacks and heirlooms ornament the white-panel walls at Sweet Mama's, the inviting roadside eatery where longtime friends Lisa Matson and Linda Moore serve up mouthwatering comfort food. Cooks prepare breakfast favorites all day, stuffing omelets with smoked cheese and asparagus or ladling gravy over country-fried steaks. Lunch and dinner visitors can bite into burgers, wraps, and homestyle specials such as meatloaf made from Lisa's mother's recipe. The women buy locally whenever possible, procuring eggs from an area farmer. Slices of housemade chocolate cake or fruit pie stain the mouth creases of diners who have valiantly found room in their stomach after hearty meals.
Drawn from globally pleasing Italian recipes, Cariera's menus feature an array of classic antipasti, gourmet pizzas, and pastas (click here for the Marketplace menu and here for Lake Hart). Begin a meal in traditional fashion with an antipasto of steamed mussels ($11.50), fried calamari (lightly floured and served with lemon and marinara, $10.50), or bruschetta ($5.95; with buffalo mozzarella, $8.95) and a glass of Da Vinci Chianti ($8). Settling the debate over whether or not to order pasta, entrees at Cariera's that aren't made with pasta come with a side of pasta (except those that are served with vegetables), so you can order your eggplant parmesan––lightly breaded eggplant layered with ricotta, marinara, and mozzarella ($15.95 at Marketplace, $15.50 at Lake Hart)––or veal Marsala, sautéed with mushrooms and Marsala wine ($19.95), with confidence. A tiramisu martini ($10.50) is a fitting dessert as the sun sets over the breezy outdoor patio of either location.
At Kinder Kicks, parents and children exercise, learn, and bond during get-togethers that fuse age-appropriate activities with applicable life lessons, from sharing to traffic safety and self-control. Three different age groups—Remarkable Me, Jumping Joey, and Leadership Lion—divvy up the action for newborns through 4-year-olds, with each tier focusing on skills and principles that are easily digestible for its participants.
Remarkable Me sessions, for instance, offer tactile, auditory, and visual stimulation for toddlers while their parents engage in cardio- and strength-training workouts. As kids advance, so does the curriculum: by the time they reach Leadership Lion status, youngsters are practicing basic martial arts to develop a positive attitude toward physical fitness and learn how to kick through their bedroom's forcefield when they're grounded. Little ones are ushered through this progression by friendly instructors, along with The Remarkables—a team of animal characters that makes visits all the more enjoyable.