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.
At Waterpaws, pups experience the weightless wonder of swimming as they paddle across a heated indoor pool during recreational or rehabilitative hydrotherapy sessions. Throughout each visit, a trained therapist keeps pooches comfortable, and owners are encouraged to stick around for support. Canines of any age can splash around in the 12'x24' pool, which helps with injuries, arthritis, and weight loss, or can serve as an alternative to long walks and playing fetch with dumbbells. Becky, an on-site groomer, is also available to spruce up pooches inside a relaxed, crate-free dog spa.
The award-winning event team at RSVP Event Design bolsters celebrations with its abundance of food-service supplies, tableware, and decor. The rental boutique's fiesta gurus guide clients toward a vast selection of elegant party props, such as cake stands ($15–$55), candy jars ($3–$15), and utensils ($0.25–$0.75 each), ideal for accessorizing a classy birthday or festive court hearing. Customers can peruse the full catalogue here.
It's not uncommon to spot The Hound Lounge owner's own pooches at daycare, napping on a cushy bed or engaging in a game of tug of war. The Hound Lounge welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes into their bright and spacious doggie-daycare centre. It treats all the animals with doting affection and constant attention, providing them with toys and frequent cuddle sessions. The daycare strives to foster happy, healthy, social dogs by conducting games of fetch, putting a stop to aggressive roughhousing, and organizing regular book-club meetings.