Justin Thacker, the muscle-bound founder of The Lab Gym, uses the same principles that motivated him through 19 years of weightlifting experience to spur on and cultivate a community of health-conscious exercisers at his wood-floored, exposed-brick 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. Meanwhile, Heavy Metal Crossfit?the gym's in-house CrossFit program?takes a different tack to fitness, leading exercisers ever-changing rotation of high-intensity functional movements.
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.
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.
Inside Moris Fashion's airy boutique space, neatly pressed garments enjoy plenty of elbowroom on the racks. Shopkeepers prioritize quality over quantity, and as a result the shop holds a carefully curated inventory of items that earned it the title of Best Men's Clothing from CityVoters in 2010. Well-tailored polos, tees, jeans, and blazers for gentlemen bear the labels of top designers such as Ted Baker, Theory, John Varvatos, and Hugo Boss, all with classic styles that are equally appropriate for job interviews, dates, and renaissance fairs.
Whether they are shooting portraits at their indoor and outdoor photography studios, documenting weddings and other events on location, or creating custom made cards for holidays and special occasions, Studio 314's photographers put clients at ease by providing posing and styling advice. It's one way the studio takes the mystique out of the creation of headshots, engagement photos, and senior pictures. Another is by mentoring budding artists and photographers, which the studio does during classes, workshops, and discussion groups on topics such as macro photography, makeup application, or creating redeye that perfectly matches your outfit.
La Femme Couture Glamour Studios' all-female team handles every aspect of its studio shoots, starting with makeup and hair sessions with the in-house stylists. These prep subjects for studio shoots with La Femme's photographers, who believe that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages. This attitude is demonstrated across La Femme's portfolios, which span boudoir, glamour, pregnancy, baby, and owners-who-look-like-their-pets photography.
The photographers at Strike A Pose Photography match their settings to their subjects, creating memorable images set in local spots or against intimate studio arrangements and backdrops. Outdoors they carefully capture the expressions of kids, couples, and families, as well as the rich texture of stone walls or the bristles of tree bark that surround their compositions. Indoors, the studio is decorated to reflect a theme or holiday, and photographers take special care to shoot beauty-pageant headshots that rely on natural retouching, soft lighting, and other tricks to conceal imperfections. For more exotic shots, Strike A Pose places subjects in front of green-screen backdrops of idyllic locales, such as Venice, Disneyland, or a white-sand beach on the island of Dr. Moreau.