Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
After working for 24 years at what he calls a "real" job, Bob DiTommaso left the office environment to pursue his passion: photography. It wasn't an easy switch—his career move required long hours and lots of hard work—but Bob says he wouldn't change a thing. The effort paid off in the end, when he opened his own studio, Robert DiTommaso Photography.
Bob works mainly in family and children's photography, but his interests run the gamut from portraits to landscape and sports photography. Regardless of subject, the seasoned shutterbug brings a keen eye for capturing the ineffable in each and every shoot. And he prints his images in-house on a wide-format professional ink-jet printer.
When he's not taking great photos, Bob is teaching others to do so during photography workshops that take place in-studio or on-location. He even leads photography safaris, multi-day trips that trek through national parks and other breathtaking locales in search of the perfect shot of Bigfoot buying deodorant.
In addition to his NASM certification, Jungle Gym Fitness Studio?s owner Jason Schaefer spent six years as the official trainer for Automotion, the Detroit Pistons dance team, helping him helm a gym where patrons can work out and express creativity in innovative classes. The bare-bones studio hosts indoor and outdoor boot camps as well as nightclub-inspired dance and boxing aerobics courses. Class sizes are limited to about 20 students to ensure each student gets ample attention and personalized technique tips. Along with group classes, instructors lend nutritional advice and assist patrons in training for races and sports-specific goals such as improving golf swings and preventing wrist injuries in ping-pong marathons.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
Six years of designing, testing, and focus grouping have culminated in Bandals Footwear's interchangeable sandal. The comfortable, long-lasting sandals provide arch support and feature a molded footbed, and come in different sole styles, such as the wedge-shaped Mezzanine Bandal, the flat Fashion Flip Bandal, and the slightly thicker Beach Bandal. Each sole can be easily changed up with different bands for new looks, letting wearers update a single pair for different outfits and social settings, such as informal trips to the mall or black-tie volleyball tournaments. An assortment of more than 50 bands rotates constantly, boasting selections such as solid colors, floral patterns, jungle-cat prints, and textured designs.
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan aims to improve the quality of life for underserved individuals across the state through philanthropic programs. These programs include Link to Creative Teaching, which provides funding for special classroom projects, and Assault Survivor Kits, which distributes toiletries and new clothing to survivors of abuse or sexual assault whose personal items have been retained as evidence. Additionally, Wee Help supplies low-income mothers with infant-layette kits. Since 1994, the organization has distributed more than 3,150 kits to hospitals and birthing facilities throughout Michigan.
To supplement donations, corporate grants, and annual fundraising events, volunteers raise money for these programs by selling new and gently used items at the group's resale shop, the ReSale Connection.