Boasting the state's only affiliate member of the world-renowned Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Alabama helps students ages 5 and older boost self-confidence and athletic prowess while toning muscles and honing self-discipline. Under the watchful eye of brown belt and 15-year martial-arts veteran Patrick Langan, children or their adult copycats spend three introductory classes getting acquainted with the self-defense-based art of jiu-jitsu. Focusing on strategy and leverage rather than brute strength, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teaches students how to skillfully grapple opponents to the ground instead of calmly discussing your differences over a cup of tea. Both studios offer 90-minute classes for adults, as well as afternoon children’s sessions that range from 30 to 60 minutes. Check out the complete schedules for Midtown and West Mobile for all times.
The hay bale-strewn corner of a rustic barn and a gym’s locker room rarely coexist within one building. But they do at The Jim Owens Studios because for the past 40 years, their photographers have snapped portraits not only in front of green screens and backgrounds, but on elaborate in-studio sets. Athletes can flex for the camera before rows of lockers, families can show their country roots on the barn set, and high school seniors can pose with a wall whose rainbow-hued graffiti scrawls out “Seniors.” The photographers can also shoot weddings on location, documenting keepsake moments from newlyweds’ first married kiss to the first petal dropped by the flower girl.
Clarity’s photographers not only customize sessions to clients, they also get to know their clients during shoots for families, newborns, kids, and moms-to-be. By engaging with clients during consultations, and interacting with their subjects during shoots, even playing and singing with the kids in the family, the photographers at Clarity make every session a personal experience. Images can be preserved on photo discs and turned into keepsakes with add-ons such as baby books and custom photo albums.
The 90-minute Taking Better Pictures course teaches aspiring image-catchers the basic principles of composition, exposure, lens selection, and photographic techniques. Knowledge of these basic concepts can immediately and dramatically improve the quality and clarity of an artiste's snapshots, leading to enhanced family photo albums and an appropriately arty online profile pictures for one's pet lobster. Check the online schedule and call ahead to reserve a spot in the on site-classroom. Class does not include $20 photo set for printing.
I am a non-traditional portrait photographer with no studio. My goal is to capture your passion for whatever it is that you love to do. I photograph you playing sports or a musical instrument, dancing, with your motorcycle, cooking, practicing yoga, whatever you do. My portraits capture your passion for that activity.