Creating great art requires patience. It's a philosophy Shelly Koziana holds dear during each of her photo shoots. The sky's the limit when it comes to each session's time and number of photos: she takes as many as she needs for as long as she needs until her clients are satisfied. At a photogenic Hampton Roads location, Shelly trains her lens on families, kids, pets, and special events. Before preserving her best work with prints, Shelly edits every image, tweaking color levels until they evoke right motif—from realistic to dreamlike.
After 20 years as a professional photojournalist, during which he garnered two Pulitzer Prize nominations—one for covering the MOVE disaster and another for a story on pediatric AIDS—Bruce Johnson settled into the woods of Raleigh with his two sons and opened a photography studio. He has now added a decade of family and individual portraiture to his wealth of experience, which has also included photographing everything from fashion to political figures. Johnson’s mastery of the art is apparent as he captures natural expressions and unique interpersonal dynamics, preserving children’s laughter and high-school graduates’ confident grins for future generations to study from the comfort of their moon bungalows.
Director Mary-Taylor Land has walked the stage in several shoes. From learning as a student and pirouetting as a performer, she went on to judge and teach routines. Away from the theater, she researched dance through different technical lenses, bringing her expertise to seminars for both the artistic and medical communities. The breadth of her knowledge enabled her to find seasoned instructors for her studio, all of whom have received college and professional training.
Today, she and her team strive to instill passion and discipline for the practice of dance in children of all ages. Beginning with preschool classes such as Mommy and Me, they hone a basic understanding of rhythm so that parents don't have to recite a four-count as they rock their cribs. Their older students can choose styles from a wide curriculum, which covers ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and acro as well as combination lessons. Throughout each class, the teachers devote personal attention to their protégés. They can help to prep youngsters before academy recitals and competitive ensemble auditions, or simply foster a deeper appreciation for grace and art.
Affordable Creative Framer & Art's professional staff protects paintings, photos, and memorabilia against damage with expertly cut mats and elegant molding. The store’s vast selection of frames features designs from Larson-Juhl that range from slim black moldings to baroque patterns of stained wood or gold. All frames are cut to size onsite and can be assembled around artwork within a day to quickly conceal holes caused by impromptu shot-put tournaments in the parlor. A collection of pre-framed décor available for purchase includes music posters, photos, and printed canvases.
Veronika Savitsky, the woman behind the lens at Photonika, relies on her sense of humor almost as much as the tiny painter inside of her camera. The sociable shutterbug, who holds a BA in photography, jokes and chats with clients, getting to know them and forging comfortable working relationships. This results in natural shots of wedding parties, families, engaged couples, and other subjects.