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.
Hidden behind a copse of office buildings and warehouses, Big Rock Clothing Company’s 15,000 square feet of designer clothing outfits sportsfolk and outdoorsy types with long-lasting outerwear and stylish accessories. Each of Big Rock’s signature T-shirts exemplifies the rugged adventurousness of the American West with a durable composition reinforced by double stitching, a 7-ounce cotton construction, and a 3-inch-thick ironclad plating. The shirts’ slightly oversize fit ensures comfort during adrenaline-fueled sessions of fly-fishing, hiking, or hunting, and over 1,200 designs decorate torsos with colorful natural scenery, trophy bucks, and leaping salmon. Ladies and gents alike marvel at the store’s selection of denim jeans, shoes, jewelry, and shirts, readying themselves for the call of the outdoors with well-made, dependable threads.
The Dezember Photography team snaps vivid, full-color images ranging from shots of wide-eyed toddlers perched on antique chairs and high school seniors showing off their personalities with footballs or football-shaped calculators to action shots that tell a story—to a father tearfully walking his daughter down the aisle or newlyweds sharing a kiss neck deep in the ocean at sunset. They complement their keepsake shots with cutting-edge technology—after their shoots, subjects can showcase their images on the studio’s custom smartphone app.