It’s tough to get tree frogs, toucans, and monkeys to sit still in a studio. That's why the leaders of the Academy of Photo Arts take photography trips to Costa Rica, where they can find exotic wildlife in its natural habitat before capturing it on film. The photography academy’s travel courses can also whisk students off to Venice’s picturesque canals, or to Las Vegas to capture shots of the Grand Canyon or the landfill where all copies of Vegas Vacation are buried.
The school hosts Toronto-based courses as well, where keen-eyed photographers lead interactive workshops on wildlife photography and landscape photography. The in-studio courses, meanwhile, focus on techniques that help artists create flattering lighting setups, perform seamless Photoshop edits, and unscrew lens caps rather than smashing them to pieces in frustration. The Academy also provides photo- and video-booth rental that allows photo-takers to capture as many photos and video as they want in both color or black-and-white.
Sometimes, photos are too good to exist solely in the digital world. Luckily, Inkdoodle gives folks multiple options for designing professional-grade prints of their favourite images. Their menu of photo enhancements is exhaustive, and includes everything from simple colour and brightness adjustments to repairing tears or removing people from group pictures. You can also work with an Inkdoodle designer to print photos onto gallery-wrapped canvas, puzzles, coasters, magnets, or aluminum sheets, the latter of which adds an authentic touch to Tin Man's head shots. Completed designs can be shipped anywhere in Canada or the U.S., though locals have the option to pick up prints at their Markham storefront.
With foldable photo booths, Photo Stars Photo Booth quickly transports booths to all party destinations with a speedy 20-minute set-up time upon delivery. Designed for a clean-and-subtle look, its booths blend tastefully into events’ settings, whether at birthday parties, family reunions, or corporate events. Supported by a professional attendant and extras such as props and costumes, they also keep events spirited and memories lasting with colour or black-and-white postcard prints and photo strips.
No matter what kind of party his clients are throwing, DJ Dance Boogie has the accessories to make it an awesome event. Bounce houses, balloons, and carnival games such as strength contests and inflatable slides add an element of fun to parties for all occasions. DJ Dance Boogie also has Xbox and Wii consoles for rent, face-painting services, jugglers, and costumed characters that include Santa, Mario and Luigi, and Barney. Full DJ equipment, lighting rigs, and karaoke add a soundtrack to events of all occasions, and DJ Dance Boogie also has basic party supplies such as tables, chairs, and tents. Those with a flair for the exotic can avail themselves of DJ Dance Boogie?s petting zoo, which includes animals such as a 10-foot red-tail boa snake, giant cockroaches, a hedgehog, chinchillas, and a ferret.
A pirate ship sways back and forth, whisking youngsters away on virtual high-seas adventures. Elsewhere, inflatable jumping castles invite bouncers to defy gravity while contemplating future positions in parliament. In the free-for-all Fun Game Zone, carnival mirrors distort giggling guests’ reflections, and ping-pong and air hockey test competitors’ skills. These are just a few of the many activities that fill the days at Family Fun Fest, an annual family-friendly extravaganza that entertains and enchants its myriad visitors.
As youngsters and their parental units explore the various areas of the gargantuan indoor playground, they can make a pit stop for live entertainment. Helmed by the titular Trevor, The Trevor Show dazzles audiences with interactive song and dance numbers, followed by Doo Doo the clown, who had no choice but to become a clown, what with the name Doo Doo.
As a graphic designer, Fayaz composed images for companies both small and large. He noticed, though, that his work showed a single trend over time: photography. He'd incorporate photographs that caught his eye into his art, so much so that he began to question his career. After all, as a child, he had been fascinated with cameras and their capability to stop time.
He soon ceased to question and traded his computer mouse for a camera lens. That was the beginning of FM Photography. Since then, Fayaz has documented weddings, engaged couples on romantic outings, and intimate portraits. His ability to capture moments of profound emotion is apparent from his gallery, whose pictures range from shots of jamming band members to stills of a child carefully playing the violin. While on assignment, he utilizes settings such as parks and grandiose building exteriors as backdrops. In the interest of image preservation, every one of his photo shoots includes a DVD or USB of colour-corrected, edited pictures.