A man lies tangled in a shower curtain, lifeless, with blood spattered everywhere; "kill your boyfriend" was the theme of this shoot, conducted by photographer Nikki Riley for one of her clients who'd recently parted ways with her latest beau. Nikki's willingness to transcend boundaries, paired with her creative flair, has sent her to New York City and Atlanta to shoot risqu? and editorial-style fashion spreads and helped her earn a nomination for PHL17's Philly's Hot List of Best Photographers 2011. Raised as a "John Lennon kid" by a photographer mother, her inherited desire to snap shots came to fruition soon after graduating college, when she traded her 9?5 desk job for a career in photography. Nikon D700 in tow, Nikki spends her days at the 1,700-square-foot studio she co-owns, The Hive 215, which features high ceilings, loft windows, vintage furnishings, and a beauty bar where specialists prep clients' hair and makeup.
Though Nikki's fashion and portrait shoots favor bold colors and clean, magazine-quality finishes, her intimate boudoir shoots explore both high and low angles and toy with exposure?in every sense of the word. Taken from the most flattering angles for each body type, shots of lingerie-clad legs and torsos sway from high-contrast black and white to elegantly washed-out color frames lit softly from behind like an angel auditioning for the cover of Maxim. Nikki caters these shoots to the desires and comfort level of each client, letting imaginations run wild with coy pinup poses or showcasing epidermises for keepsake shots of clients in any state of undress.
Though the term “boot camp” may conjure images of aggressive drill sergeants barking orders as their recruits struggle through grueling tasks, Body Proud Fitness Boot Camp sessions are much the opposite. Their enthusiastic trainers motivate patrons in outdoor boot-camp classes, issuing positive reinforcement as they work together to burn calories and excess fat through challenging, but not defeating, exercises. Each one-hour session is designed to promote fat loss with a varied routine of interval training that my involve weightlifting, push-ups, sit-ups, and plyometrics. Many activities require participants to band together to tackle obstacles, bolstering a sense of support and camaraderie. Instructors then lead exercisers in a cool down with yoga and stretching, leaving them more limber than a linguini noodle basking in a jacuzzi.
In addition to the calorie-blasting boot camps, Body Proud Fitness Boot Camp’s weight-loss specialties include one-on-one personal training and nutritional counseling. Clients gain access to the Truestar at-home training and nutrition programs, which lead them toward overall wellness with custom meal plans and supplements paired with tailored fitness routines.
Husband-and-wife duo Mike and Barb capture special moments from behind the lens. They travel to brides and grooms on their wedding day, and set up photo shoots for families and graduating seniors. An outdoor studio in Waterford provides 3 acres of breathtaking backgrounds with fields, trees, and ponds of liquid gold.
As one of the largest authorized retailers for AT&T, Mobile Communications Systems equips conversers with phones, accessories, and services to fit various lifestyles. Requiring a two-year agreement for activation and upgrades, the plethora of impressive phones—including GoPhones, data phones, smart phones, and 4G phones—assures that talk meets its technological match. Smart phones, including the Samsung Captivate ($99), impersonate small computers with 16 GB of memory, a keyboard touch screen, and that new microprocessor smell. Built from recycled plastics, the Samsung Evergreen ($69.99) supports mp3 files and graces fingertips with a QWERTY keyboard. For more advanced technophiles, the 4G Motorola Atrix's ($199.99) 4" screen displays crisp videos powered by a dual core 1GHz processor, and the 4G HTC Inspire ($99.99) runs on Android 2.2 OS and records videos in 720 HD.
Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center employs a battalion of highly trained tutors who help students succeed both at school and in standardized testing. The academic evaluation, consisting of exams performed in a simulated classroom environment, yields a comprehensive collection of data that the center director uses to design a custom learning program and a personalized, in-class obstacle course. For SAT/ACT students, the evaluation includes an actual full-length SAT or ACT exam.