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.
A sense of excitement permeates Laura Cantrell Photography's viewing theater. Music plays, and a projector displays life-size portraits of infants, children, expectant mothers, and full families?all of which are Cantrell's specialties. A studio representative and clients then work together to narrow down the images, ultimately deciding on the perfect set of photos to take home or upload into the family's collective consciousness. Of course, the most important moments take place within the studio. There, a photographer works closely with subjects to come up with the most flattering poses and select from various backdrops and scenes.
Baby Girl Photography immortalizes clients' important life events with glossy prints and digital images. Their photographers have experience shooting everything from weddings and family portraits to modeling and boudoir sessions. In addition to scheduling photo shoots, photographers also hosts half-hour lessons that teach clients the fundamentals of photography.
The friendly staff at B Boutique helps ladies fashionably conceal their bareness with a variety of chic, upscale clothing, purses, and accessories. Fun, feminine swaddlings by designers such as Judith March and Voom by Joy Han compete for guests’ attention with bright colors, contemporary cuts, and waving sentient sleeves. Slip on a colorful summer dress for an evening stroll in the park ($24–$240) or achieve the perfect silhouette with a pair of form-fitting jeans by brands such as !iT jeans ($39-$90). Visitors can shield their little piggies in style with a pair of cowgirl boots by Old Gringo and Corral ($23–$399) or delve into a collection of jewelry to accent décolletages with simple pendants, colorful stones, or strands of classic pearls ($8–$150). A range of purses and bags can be used to store personal items, compliment outfits, or to hide smaller, not as fashionable, purses and bags ($24–$80).