If the main objective of the glamour photographer is to make the model look attractive, there are probably more challenging subjects than Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera—but that doesn't mean David Blecman is complaining. The Positive Negatives founder and longtime shutterbug—he was named the photo editor of his county newspaper before his 20th birthday more than 30 years ago—has a history of plucking these plum gigs, having snapped pictures of celebrities such as Jimmy Buffett and Gene Simmons and worked for commercial clients including Sears, JCPenney, and Bath & Body Works.
At his studio, Blecman applies his skills toward shooting everything from headshots for models and actors to portraits of kids and teens. He also shares his expertise during workshops that cover both photography and modeling, so students can know what it feels like to be on both sides of a lens without giving their neighbors a turn with the binoculars.
The J/Boats sailing vessels at J World Annapolis serve as floating classrooms for students of all skill levels as they improve their sailing techniques under the tutelage of expert coaches. Budding buccaneers can make smooth forays into the sport via one of the school’s many Learn to Sail courses, which range from three-hour group lessons to five-day comprehensives. Up to four students of similar experience levels control the ship from the time they unmoor until they return, rotating through the different onboard positions while the instructor keeps a close eye on safety, expounds upon sailing theory, and warns the team of upcoming whale mouths. From there, intrepid sailors can choose from a variety of courses geared toward continuous improvement, culminating in the advanced racing course for expert speedsters.
The Chesapeake Boating Club grants members the opportunity to sail open waters on a private vessel without having to purchase their own sailboat. A fleet of sailboats, powerboats, combination vessels, and ships in bottles the size of a 747 stands ready to usher members around offshore Annapolis without springing for maintenance, repair, or docking fees. Chesapeake Boating Club welcomes friends to tag along with members during a day trip, so sailors never have to worry about traveling alone. Annual memberships further increase the voyage possibilities, such as chances to help man a racing boat and attend cruise and rally events.
Language Advantage's instructors teach Spanish, Russian, or Mandarin through programs tailored to engage young learners through play instead of repetition. Children as young as aged 3 explore new words and languages through stories while playing alongside their parents. Older students learn second languages by acting in imaginary adventures, completing hands-on projects, and singing songs. During lessons, instructors teach functional everyday words and phrases, which help promote future learning as children continue to grow and develop their vestigial tails.
SIGNING Basics' instructors help their students learn to speak without uttering a word. Through private lessons and group classes, they teach American Sign Language to students of all ages and backgrounds. Introductory lessons lead students through the basics of the sign-language alphabet and movements. Advanced classes show students how to carry conversations, enabling them to communicate effectively or correct baseball coaches' faulty ?charge the mound? gestures. Instructors also offer workshops that impart basic techniques for businesses and groups.
Koffee Therapy features "shade-grown" coffees. Shrouded by a lush tree canopy, these bird-friendly blends boost vegetation, are completely organic, and were never smothered in Gak to accelerate ripening. Try a cup of drip Koffee ($1.50–$1.75) or sample an espresso-based drink from coffee-shop classics such as red eyes (from $2.25), mochas (from $2.75), and cappuccinos (from $2.50). Cold beverages include homemade ice tea ($1.60), ginger beer ($2), and refreshing Perrier ($1.50). Koffee Therapy also serves fruit smoothies ($4.50) and iced coffee drinks.