Digital cameras convert the light that we see into zeroes and ones, storing moments in time as image files. But somewhere beyond the complex data sets and computer manipulations lies the ineffable feeling of what it means to be human. Knowing this, Tanya of Juli-X Studio makes a promise to do more than just frame a face or document an occasion—"I will also make a photographic copy of the emotions being felt." It's a pretty grand ambition, but her confidence and ebullience are undeniable. And she fancies herself an adept and versatile storyteller, using her gift of gab to elicit natural poses from her subjects as she shoots a full spectrum of situations, from the joy of a wedding to the joy of a birth to the joy of a divorce.
Southern Breeze Day Spa freshens tired bone bags and soul sacks alike with a variety of detoxification treatments, massages, and other targeted treatments. Freshen a flagging frontispiece with dual services such as a euro-facial, which cleans, tones, and moisturizes skin and includes a rejuvenating scalp massage ($30). Or work out tension from kinked feelers and their like-minded supports by opting for a hand/arm or leg/foot massage ($30 each). A targeted massage ($35) is ideal for unknotting precise pains from a specific area such as the lower back, hips, or hind flanks, and a detoxifying steam treatment ($25) purges the skin while retaining its nutrients and flavor. While bodies are busy blissing, eyes can feast upon the relaxing beach-themed décor or peruse the spa's retail offerings, including Miche bags, as well as an array of tanning and body lotions.
Jackie Willome describes her photographic style as “honest.” She doesn’t rely on contrived studio backdrops of autumn leaves, and she doesn’t position her subjects into catalogue-friendly poses. Rather, she views herself as a chronicler of the natural interactions between family members or emotional transactions occurring within. To do so, she totes her camera to homes and captures subjects at their most relaxed. When she’s not traveling to location shoots, Jackie also expertly composes portraits under natural light in her studio.
Run by a personal chef, Cataplana lavishes customers with high-end kitchenware and appliances from brands including Viking, Emile Henry, and Rösle, as well as specialty foods and beverages from the store's adjoining coffee and smoothie bar. Shoppers can clasp fists around standard coffee mugs ($14.99) or double-wall thermal mugs ($9.99), which contain up to 32 ounces of liquid and preserve the temperature of hot beverages, cold drinks, and tepid reactions to latest screenplays. Customers can also use this Groupon for items from Cataplana's coffee and smoothie bar, where guests can sip on beverages while taking advantage of free WiFi to email baristas for more half and half.
Spectators flock to BR Lightning Ranch’s rodeo competitions for a series of summery showdowns between macho men and brawny beasts. After the books close at 7:45 p.m., crowds settle into open seating areas, jostling for superior vantage points within the dust-flecked arena. At 8 p.m., brave riders clamber atop bulls and steers, attempting to hang on with one hand for eight seconds while writing haikus about Wyatt Earp with the other. Horseback riders trace cloverleaves in the dirt during barrel racing heats, while muscle-bound cowboys wrestle, or "dog," steers to the ground using only their strength during chute-dogging tussles. Kids join the action with calf scrambles and mutton busting, which mimics bull riding by substituting sheep and pint-sized cowboys. Aqua mules make a splash amid the dust-kicking festivities, clambering up to a high-dive platform before leaping into the watery embrace of the large pool below.
BCI Photography & Design’s photographers specialize in snapping shots of children and families in outdoor, natural-light situations. They work to create fun-and-relaxed photo sessions that usually have two photographers on hand to best capture candid photos and various angles. This technique affords customers a wider variety of shot selection when they pick out photographs for prints or digital images.
In the pens at Fiesta Farm, light scattered by the branches of tall trees warms a menagerie of mild-mannered pets. Youngsters cautiously reach out to touch the wooly ears of a llama or venture into the enclosure to laugh at the guttural babble of potbellied pigs. On the 15-acre ranch, Laredo, a bay-quarter horse, waits patiently to nuzzle guests or provide rides, and bunnies, an emu, and sheep compete for attention across the wooded landscape. Before and after visits, a shaded picnic area hosts pleasantly exhausted visitors, and the farm's barn is equipped with fans and heaters for the comfort of guests and to keep prima-donna billy goats from freezing their perms off in the wintertime.