The seasoned shutterbugs at Living Image Photography capture the personalities of subjects by eliciting natural poses and keeping studio shoots comfortable. Sessions accommodate up to five family members or grinning clones, as well as unlimited portrait props, such as a loyal family sedan or an antique hydrogen blimp. After smiling, staring blankly, or grimacing at the camera for a reel's worth of shots, the apprehended images will be enhanced and burned to a DVD to be taken home and viewed during dinner parties or affixed to a disco-style baby-crib mobile. To keep smiles lasting from photo sessions to portrait mounting, customers can opt to transform thumbnails into full-size prints with a 15% discount.
Photographer Dana Michele, a member of the Professional Photographers of America, describes herself as a “relationship photographer.” Supported by a team of associate photographers, Michele captures candid, heartfelt moments during engagement sessions and family portraits that focus on the affection between her subjects.
Alternatively, she and her staff’s single-subject sessions immortalize high-school seniors before they pack up their hot-air balloons and leave for college, or brand new infants cooing into the lens. Michele’s team strives to tailor their photography to their clients’ sensibilities, which they explore during optional preshoot consultations. Clients can opt for the controlled lighting of the studio, or outdoor shoots with urban backgrounds such as brick walls, public parks, or flocks of pigeons playing chess in the park.
At Art League of Jacksonville, a team of skilled multidisciplinary artists teach courses, deliver speeches at events, and showcase work at special exhibitions. Though it focuses on the visual arts, the league also offers a music-and-acting curriculum, teaching aspiring artists to draw pictures with charcoal, create elegant sculptures from stone, and remove all of Rutherford B. Hayes' facial hair with Photoshop. Classes cater to artists of all ages and abilities, and exhibitions allow students to display their work to the public.
North Florida Music Academy's music instructors teach more than 15 different instruments—ranging from piano and guitar to tuba and trombone—as well as vocal techniques during private and group lessons. With each instrument, the team employs tried-and-true methods that assist in scaling the learning curve, including the Hal Leonard Guitar Method and the Suzuki Method for the violin. Private lessons take place for 30 minutes, wherein aspiring virtuosoes will demonstrate their mastery of previous material and learn new techniques, while receiving a weekly progress report and recommendations for further advancement.