[[m:####St. Louis Photo Authority
The “authority” in St. Louis Photo Authority comes from the experienced eyes and minds of its staff. On Thursday nights at the company’s West End studio, budding photographers turn to their pedagogues, who instruct groups of 15 during Thursday-evening classes on one of seven subjects. True beginners may wish to sit in on Intro to Digital Photography, wherein apertures and eyes are opened in equal measure as shooting techniques are disclosed. The instructors also cover a class in travel photography that helps vacationers frame the cleanest shots of their visited landscapes, no matter how badly thumbs want in the picture. More advanced students may opt for one of the studio's three-hour Saturday-afternoon seminars, many of which leave the studio to secure shots of cityscapes or local nature.:m]]
At Dave Simon's Rock School, dedicated instructors help students develop musical abilities through programs centered on collaboration and live performance. In addition to private lessons, the school provides a venue for kids to cultivate skills and build confidence using the same cooperative methods that professional bands use when persuading the tour-bus driver to stop for tacos. Working together according to their experience level and skill, bands apply musical theory to perfect their sound among their ensemble, eventually presenting live shows and recording a CD in the facility's state-of-the-art studio.
The lens charmers at Arteaga Photos capture aerial images and upkeep an archive of more than 1,000 stock photographs that elucidate the history of St. Louis. Original shots by the company's founder Bob Arteaga include images of aviator Charles Lindbergh, famed crooner Frank Sinatra, Cardinals' hall-of-famer Stan Musial, and paparazzi-style shots of the Gateway Arch putting on its mascara. Arteaga's historical photo catalog features many iconic structures and figures, complemented by the photographer's perspective, which re-enlivens subjects using original angles. With each 16"x20" print, customers can display city pride in their homes or send a long-winded postcard to a loved one.
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
Circus Harmony employs a staff of instructors wizened by decades spent as circus performers and dedicated to revealing big-top secrets to students age 5 and up. One-hour, semiprivate lessons for up to two students introduce customers to their choice of circus art including trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, contortion, magic, and peanut hawking. As a brief warm-up builds strength and flexibility, instructors guide guests through the fabled fundamentals behind up to four of the available topics. Groupon holders are exempt from the standard registration fee as well as the lion-taming portion of the class's final exam.
Karen Creager, the woman behind the lens at Focus Saint Louis Photography, can shoot photographs almost anywhere in the Saint Louis area. She travels to homes, weddings, parks, and family gathering places to capture the perfect tableau. Creager skillfully photographs everyone from kids to engaged couples to-high school seniors.
JoVonda Winters, owner of JoMonique Photography, works to capture and immortalize special moments and connections during photo shoots. She snaps shots of events such as weddings and engagements. She also takes portraits of babies, kids, families, and expectant mothers. Following the photo shoots, she offers personalized photos and DVDs of the images.