Weddings are Kara Selby's passion. She's been the bride in one, a guest at several, and the lead photographer at more than 50 matrimonial celebrations. This extensive experience has imbued Kara with an instinctive understanding of these events as a whole, and has trained her to avoid common glitches, such as forgetting to blur the face of an undercover best man. With the help of other shutterbugs at Inspired Photography, Kara captures the intimate details of a bride's big day, from close-up shots of bridal jewellery and bouquets to posed portraits of the wedding party and candid shots of the couple's first dance.
Kara also exports her signature style to portrait photography, snapping heartwarming photos of pregnant mothers, newborns, and families. She frequently swaps traditional eye-level portraits for quirky canted angles and aerial shots of sleeping babies in colour and black and white. Her studio also plays host to playful boudoir shoots that often incorporate props ranging from stilettos and pearls to guitars and umbrellas.
Not content merely to stay behind the lens, Kara passes her substantial image savvy on to pupils via hands-on, in-studio workshops that help nascent photographers get acquainted with their camera’s operations and functions through interactive tutorials and by reading embarrassing diary entries from the operations manual.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs—teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.
Studio XII Music and Dance Company is made up of Aspire Dance School—where kids and adults can participate in a combination of dance and fitness classes—and 12 Strings Studios—where practicing musicians have a student-focused approach to music instruction. Dance programs cover ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hip, Broadway theatre, adult yoga, adult Latin, and Zumba while music programs include guitar, piano, and voice.
Professional photographer and experienced photography teacher Jim Slobodian passes on his shutter-snapping expertise during all-day digital photography workshops. During the eight-hour session, shutterbugs learn fundamentals of moment capturing including the use of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, as well as how to use a flash properly and which exposure modes to use in which situation. The grin-capturing guru also teaches students how to compose photographs⎯giving each print depth, dimension, and the right balance of artistic flair and giant chicken suits. Participants also discover how to augment photography equipment with accessories, such as polarizing filters, tripods, and memory cards. The photo professor rounds out the class with a lesson on managing and editing digital photos. Learn how to organize and catalogue photos as well as how to tell the difference between file types and colour spaces.
Captained by instructor Kari Soroski, Kindermusik with Kari & Friends has contributed aid to children's cognitive, social, and physical development through musical activities. Play-date sessions lasting 45 minutes encompass the foundational elements of Kindermusik courses, engaging newborns through 7-year olds with movement exercises, sing-a-longs, and composition of original musical pieces for violin and pacifier. As tykes soak up new melodic knowledge, accompanying caregivers absorb information about child development through monitoring and assisting little ones during each lesson. When the class concludes, Kindermusik with Kari & Friends bequeaths each pupil an instrument and card for 10 free music downloads accessible online or at the Willy Wonka chocolate factory.