With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
After receiving a Professional Certificate in Photography from UC San Diego Extension, Joshua Killeen wasted no time applying his artistic eye to a variety of photography situations. Through his company, Photography by Joshua Killeen, he captures subjects in a variety of environments, including portrait sessions, wedding photography, and on-location shoots. Along with specializing in product photography and headshots, Joshua is also a professional instructor, and he often leads workshops that photograph locations such as Centennial Park on Coronado Island.
Spotlight Studios might as well be the Justice League of the photography business. After three years of running the business solo, fashion specialist Kyla sent out the call for seasoned shutterbugs. She was answered by Kristina, Joanna, Kristen, Mandy, Gary, and Dan, who now contribute to the creative melting pot. Kyla brings expertise from her studies in fashion photography, during which she mentored under the renowned Roxanne Lowit. Graphic designer Kristina embraces whimsy, comedy, and the surreal in her editorial features. Joanna projects her passion for art through creative, memorable portraits. Gary brings a fun-loving approach to his work, and Dan's landscape photography style comes to live with his portraits.
The photographers bring their talent to shoots for weddings, family portraits, newborns, and modeling portfolios. They welcome clients into a sunlit studio or travel to scenic locales, including La Jolla Cove and Balboa Park. The spotlight studio crew also takes sultry snapshots for boudoir compilations, framing subjects against sunlit sheets, posh Victorian wallpaper, and gritty urban backgrounds.
Freddy "Fox" MacDonald learned photography using a manual camera and developing photos in a dark room, which gave him an eye for composition and an appreciation for the art of photography. But as much of his current work reveals, he's also savvy with computers, and often digitally enhances images with bright colors that add a surreal touch to photos. Whichever approach clients wish to take, Freddy immortalizes the resulting prints on sturdy 3/4"-thick wood with banded edges or brushed-metal bounding, giving owners the ability to hang their photos directly on the wall, rather than whittling their own frame first.
Learn to play your family harpsichord with discipline rather than the obsessive desire to swing it above your head and crush it into a wedding cake. Today's side deal welcomes the healing power of musical know-how into your life with three thirty minute in-studio music lessons for piano, guitar, or singing through TakeLessons for $45. All those instruments collecting dust on top of your futon can now fulfill their purpose through the guided assistance of gifted musicians. Choose the instrument that can best express your inner sonic poet, and then find a capable and friendly instructor through TakeLessons' locator before arranging your meet-ups and welcoming the charming thrill of harmonics, timbre, and meter into your life.
Capturing the essence of a city requires time—time to investigate and learn about local landmarks, time to discover hidden nooks and gems, and time to jump from spire to spire on the area’s tallest buildings. Snap Photo Tours affords urban explorers this needed break in day-to-day routines with two information-packed hours that yield dazzling photographic memories that last long after the final flash evaporates into the air.
Peeking out from behind their viewfinders or forehead-mounted etch-a-sketch, tour takers follow the instruction of the company's energized guides, who intersperse facts about passing sights with tips on how to squeeze the most out of every picture snapped along the way. Tour-goers learn about the history that oozes from each street corner in the Gaslamp Quarter, or marvel at the architecture of Balboa Park, where thriving gardens provide colorful backdrops. No matter the tour, San Diego natives and visitors alike walk away more educated about their surroundings and more prepared to immortalize the potential photographs held within.