Photographer Theresa Artigas and her female staff promote a comfortable atmosphere built on guidance and support for each woman who enters their private studio for a boudoir photo shoot. A private dressing room lets guests change into sultry outfits before they pose on one of six sets. Subjects can perfect an over-the-shoulder smolder in front of a chocolate fleur de lis custom backdrop or strike a pouty pose on the pinup set, for which ladies get dolled up with smoky eyes, full lips, and lightly tousled hair. Theresa also encourages customers to bring in props that exemplify their special someone's hobby or sports team. After each session, Theresa and her team preserve their patrons' favorite images in photo albums, story books, and classic canvas wall portraits. View the studio's FAQ and testimonial pages.
Health First Weight Loss offers patients the tools and support they need to push bodies into fat-burning mode. Dr. Christopher Kawa works to develop and administer a mélange of weight-loss programs, starting with a computerized health assessment. From there, the staff might suggest body wraps to tighten and tone physiques, detoxifying infrared-sauna sessions, or even low-impact strength-training sessions using joint-safe whole-body vibration. A new phenomenon called ZenFrames soothes the mind with a calculated dance between light and sound, allowing clients to better focus on their weight loss, especially during thunderstorms.
Beginners come to Mattia Fitness for the encouraging atmosphere, but it’s the injury-preventing, performance-enhancing combination of plyometrics, stability, and functional training that attracts the studio’s vast clientele of athletes, coaches, and emergency and military personnel. Together, the team pours their countless experiences into one effort to help their clients get into shape. They do so through personal-training sessions, sport-specific training, and a variety of group fitness classes, including cardio boxing and Zumba.
The tax experts at Ron Rapka, CPA walk clients through the filing process, whether they are filing as an individual or a small business. With the team's expert assistance, visitors file on time and work seamlessly through tax snafus, from audits to back taxes. The company also offers accounting assistance, teaching small business owners to work with QuickBooks and more effectively manage their cash flows.
The shutterbugs at MotoPhoto capture natural expressions in portrait shoots, but they also enhance those shots with retouching services. Rather than drawing smiles on their subjects with lipstick, the professionals elicit relaxed dimples during their sessions, and they are happy to aim their lenses either in-studio or at the subjects’ home. After the experts edit out their flyaway hairs, subjects can order everything from collages and calendars to custom photo books and greeting cards.
In addition to creating new images, MotoPhoto deals with existing photographs, scanning the contents of old albums to create digital files and restoring age-worn photographs. They also transfer the contents of VHS tapes to DVDs, preserving videos of a youngster’s first bike ride or a tiny pothole’s first attempt to wreck a bicycle.
In 1976, Curtis Colby befriended a boy named Joey, whose father had died. Curtis spent time mentoring him as a volunteer and discovered Joey's younger brother also was in need of a strong male role model. This connection was the original impetus for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, which connects youth with responsible and positive adult mentors through community- and school-based programs to help change their lives for the better. Youth aged 6–14 who have one-on-one relationships with mentors have reported increased self-esteem, an improved ability to express their feelings, and better attitudes toward school.