Val Westover and Stephanie Adriana, both authors and photographers, draw from diverse artistic backgrounds. Val once trained hundreds of photographers as the manager of a nationwide portrait studio, and Stephanie has seen her work featured in an array of photography and fashion magazines. Applying fine-tuned artistic styles, they snap candid photojournalistic compositions and posed portraits of new couples, newborns, mothers-to-be, families, and secret families.
They also pass on their skills through step-by-step workshops, during which they use a blend of professional tips and practice exercises to teach the basics of ISO, shutter, and aperture alongside applied artistic principles. They then give protégés free rein to practice what they’ve learned in hands-on, on-location photo safaris, during which students capture shots of wildlife and people.
Photographer Jenn Sparks couldn't pick a more fitting name for her business, Sparks of Life Photography. That's because the shutterbug of nearly a decade snaps photos of all aspects of life, from a smile shared between newlyweds to the night sky above a sprawling canyon. Her specialty—family and lifestyle portraits—is apropos given her penchant for capturing moments and her personable approach to her subjects. In addition to working with people, Jenn's adept with inanimate objects, frequently designing ads and building websites for local businesses.
Expansive, sunny windows illuminate the deep-red walls framing Mid City Salon’s elegant space, where trained aestheticians groom keratin-based parts with a range of treatments. Stylists revamp hair with trimming and chemical services that alter color and texture without attempting high-risk crayon implantation. Manicurists, meanwhile, outfit natural and acrylic nails in decorative swipes of polish, creating long-lasting style with CND Shellac applications or trendy designs such as cheetah print and flowers. Aestheticians can also rework façades with a quick brow and lip wax or a flawless makeup application. For offsite pampering, stylists arrive at homes during salon birthday parties to give girls aged 3 and older a chic updo, a smattering of glitter makeup, and polished nails that make them feel like adults without memorizing tax-return terminology.
Just Emissions’ nationwide facilities exclusively specialize in two things: vehicle-emissions tests and safety inspections. By focusing their efforts on these two EPA-mandated services, the company has developed a testing process for cars, vans, SUVs, rolling droids, and pickup trucks that is both thorough and speedy. The company’s hyper-specialization has also given birth to other consumer conveniences, including immediate post-test registration renewal at its Utah locations and onsite testing.
The crew at Classic Cleaners of Ocala draws upon more than two decades in business as they spruce up garments with dry-cleaning and laundry services, leaving clean, warm threads that beg to press against skin. The cleaners extend their services to a variety of items that require unique treatment, including leather jackets, silk ties, jeans, and riding pants. The attentive staff irons shirts by hand before replacing all missing buttons and can gingerly clean, preserve, and box wedding gowns. Cleaning crews can complete rush orders the same day, and standard orders, like the best drum solos, are generally completed within two days.
The Busath studio is a historic mansion with elegant rooms and stately gardens all set for babies, children, high-school graduates, families, couples, and pet rocks to strike a pose. The professional photographers will flick their fingers to determine the MVP (most valuable pose) in a fresh, yet classical, style that superbly captures countenances, personalities, and sonic screams. Once the flash powder has settled, Busath will guide the pictures through development, and from there you choose the most festive image for an 11"x14" print or 25 5"x7" Christmas cards. Busath Photography has been capturing cherished moments for more than 37 years, three generations, and 500 lunar days. During that time, the camera-wielding warriors have received an arsenal of accolades. In April 2010, Busath was awarded the Best of State award in the Visual Arts: Photography - Portrait category, and, in May 2010, Professional Photographer magazine featured the company on the cover and in a feature story. Call to schedule an appointment.