Aesthetics Studios is Kris Gaskill’s passion. Through it he gets to help others express themselves as he shoots everything from headshots for business professionals to fashion shoots and boudoir sessions. For special events, such as weddings, he teams ups with his wife Joanna, ensuring full coverage of the hallowed occasion. With videography and editing skills, they can also record weddings and commercial videos to Blu-ray or DVD. To liven up private and corporate events, their DJ can encourage guests to strut on dance floors, and photo-booth rentals give guests opportunities to mug for the camera.
Yellow Brick Road Photography's professional shutterbugs mingle a straightforward portrait approach with a creative twist. Creating a comfortable atmosphere on location, they snap off candid family, wedding, and baby photos. They can enhance those moments with props such as blocks or Scrabble pieces that spell out phrases or the entirety of pi, or they can add a dash of vibrant color to an otherwise black and white image. It's a technique they can apply to any scenario, including couples shoots and modeling sessions.
Artists. Designers. Musicians. Community activists. The photographers behind Brea Photography are all of these things, which infuse their images with warmth, passion, and detail. Their style also exhibits a touch of vintage appeal. Black-and-white photos capture candid shots of casually dressed families as they crowd on the couch and share laughs. Other portraits show how muted colors can pop with a little contrast. This classic approach, blended with modern techniques, can be applied to all sessions, including weddings, headshots, and maternity.
For weddings, Brea Photography goes the extra mile to ensure that the bride and groom only have to worry about saying "I do." The photographers not only photograph the event, but also show up with safety pins, super glue, and power bars for cases of wardrobe malfunctions or growling stomachs that might standup and object the wedding. A thorough checklist agreed upon prior to the wedding makes sure the photography plans go on without a hitch, mapping out photographs for each and every step of the ceremony and reception.
Brea Photography's well-rounded team not only feels a sense of responsibility to their clients, but also to the environment. Throughout the photo-shoot process, they do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprints and keep their handprints from looking like chain-smoking turkeys. For instance, they assemble eco-friendly photo albums, use rechargeable batteries, deliver images to clients electronically, and recycle their old photography gear.
Inside a 1,000-square-foot studio dedicated completely to boudoir shoots, an experienced photographer captures flirty portraits that show clients in their best light. Clients may choose from backdrops of gold sequins, sultry lace, polished marble, or classic brick?all complemented with the timeless look of 100-year-old wood floors. Plush bedding, a chaise lounge, and a romantic chandelier may also accentuate any shoot. During 90-minute sessions, members of the all-female staff help primp clients, outfitting them in an array of in-house clothing and shoes to complement any client's attire. Hair and makeup are included in all boudoir sessions, as is a gift card for Benton Park Cafe.
Justin Thacker, the muscle-bound founder of The Lab Gym, uses the same principles that motivated him through 20 years of weightlifting experience to spur on and cultivate a community of health-conscious exercisers at his modern, glass-walled gym. His team of expert trainers leads guests through group fitness classes that turn bodies into granite sculptures through a series of weightlifting routines and the crystallization of magma. Patrons can coax coy muscles from epidermal hideouts with free weights, dumbbells, squat racks, and an expansive cardio circuit, all accessible to members by keycard 24 hours a day.
For custom guidance, guests can pair up with a personal trainer or can sign up for the structured Laser weight-loss program, a regimen designed to blast off pounds with a laser focus but without actual lasers.
Although only 70 visionaries have been inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, the facility is far from an exclusive club. Its aim is to educate everyone on the importance of photographic history?and people certainly seem interested. In 2013, they donated more than $15,000 dollars through Kickstarter to help build the IPHF's new facility.
Size: 6,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space dedicated to the works and equipment of more than 500 artists
Eye Catcher: an antique Edison Projecting Kinetoscope
Hidden Gems: alongside well-known works by the likes of Ansel Adams are those of Eadweard Muybridge the first to photograph a moving subject?a galloping horse
Don't Miss: the library, which houses every issue of Life Magazine published in this dimension
Permanent Mainstay: The Photographic Equipment Collection, which includes antique cameras, magic lanterns, and darkroom equipment
Visiting Exhibit: Portrait/Process?a collection of contemporary photos, iconic images, and even smartphone portraits that examine voyeurism and
Pro Tip: flash-free photography is allowed in galleries and certain exhibits