Well-versed in imaginative and stylized photographic techniques, the staff at Montag Photography will wisen up any novice shutterbug with an in-depth tutorial. Students should bring their single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to the three-hour lesson, which will delve into the four valuable pillars of photography: lighting, SLR basics, Matthew McConaughey's abs, and framing. After teaching the use of reflectors and white balance, the pros at Montag Photography will tutor kodachrome neophytes in the basic SLR methods, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO adjustment. Finally, pupils will get the hang of professional framing by taking notes on the rule of thirds, cropping approaches, shooting for print ratios, and eliminating shady Sesame Street characters in the backgrounds of photos. At the end of class, students will have time to query the house photographers for any artistic and technical advice that will enhance their enjoyment of the aesthetically fulfilling hobby.
Miller Swim School's instructors bring their personal flare to lessons. But at the end of the day, there's one unifying cause among all of them: they love teaching water safety and swimming to families. The school's programs fit any and all age groups and skill levels, and the teachers of classes such as Diaper Dolphins and Torpedo Tots understand that introducing kids to water can be tough. So they've cultivated their programs to make that transition easier, eventually sending kids onto more-challenging levels such as stroke development, swim team, and even lifeguard training. The school is no stranger to fun either, as it hosts parties for kids complete with complimentary T-shirts.
Twin sisters Kathy and Karen caught the photography bug as children during family vacations, where they began capturing new sights on film to treasure for all time. Their passion continues to this day, and now they snap images during shoots for families, kids, and couples. With an emphasis on fine-art photography, Kathy and Karen use traditional techniques to craft in-studio shoots with classic backgrounds and props such as tricycles, balloons, and flowers. They can also master natural light for on-location shoots of high-school seniors and other subjects.
The designers at Kitchen Concepts consider every angle of a client’s kitchen to create intricate, detailed design plans. Based on these, a production team crafts custom cabinetry in a range of styles, from ornately hand-carved to sleek and functional. A range of accessory options help keep kitchenware organized without labeling forks with Dewey decimal numbers.
A group of bridesmaids surrounds the bride for a postceremony photo. As the flashbulb goes off, the photographer, Andy Leithner, is smiling along with them. This is just one of the more than 1,500 weddings he has shot in his 26-year career, a kind of longevity attributed to his enthusiasm for capturing his subjects' energy. Having developed a photojournalistic, bride-focused approach to the big day has made him a seven-time winner of Oklahoma State's Best Custom Wedding Album award. Since training at both the Texas School of Photography and the Delta School of Photography, the award-winning portrait photographer has also documented innumerable graduations, births, and clouds shaped like Ansel Adams. In addition to owning Andy's Fine Portraits, he has been invited to serve as a visiting photography lecturer for the Professional Photographers of America and at Tulsa Junior College.