The founders of Aaron's Moving know that a quality moving business requires more than an army of workers with biceps capable of hurling meteors back into space. The family-run business prides itself on a team of movers who are strong inside and out. The company never hires day laborers, recruiting only experienced, trained, and background-checked movers.
On moving days, workers arrive punctually in trucks sized to match the job, from one-bedroom apartments to homes with pianos. During the move, insurance options set owners' minds at ease, and a wide selection of supplies—including boxes, bubble wrap, and wardrobe boxes—muffles the hemming and hawing of mustachioed marble busts. Their professional packing services make transit easier and protect delicate items, and the staff labels each box to make unpacking less confusing later.
Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek?set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students? math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
The press-lauded commercial shutterbug and digital image pro behind Soo Photography, Michael Soo has lent his expertise in commercial, food, and portrait photography to numerous international publications, including the New York Times. Drawing upon his expertise and multicultural background to educate fledgling photographers, Soo hosts workshops, teaches classes, and runs an online forum where digital cameras discuss technique in binary. Beginner- and intermediate-level classes acquaint novices with the art form, and advanced courses delve into lighting, black-and-white photography, portraiture, weddings, product photography, and how to cover up red eye with drawn-on mustaches. The classes also assist in lighting techniques, learning exposure and composition, and how to photograph portraits.
Certified makeup artist and hairstylist extraordinaire Jenn Torres accentuates her subjects’ beauty to prep them for every occasion, from bridal photos to television and print work. To keep her skill set sharp and her face-flattering techniques current, Jenn regularly attends industry workshops and stars in training montages set to “Eye of the Tiger.”
For ladies getting ready to vogue down the aisle, Glammed up's bridal packages ensure wives-to-be are photo ready on their big day. Aside from sculpting tresses into romantic styles, Jenn also uses waterproof airbrush makeup to ensure shadow and foundation stay put, even through hours of happy tears and surprise super-soaker attacks from jealous bridesmaids.
The professional debris-disposal teams at Dump Runners can load up and lift away any and all types of unwanted refuse taking up space inside homes or on lawns. Homeowners can get rid of spare sheetrock and shingles left over after remodeling projects or overambitious birdhouse designs. The crews cart off all sorts of loose lumber trimmed while landscaping, as well as old appliances—everything from refrigerators and old sofas to dressers.