Erick Truong has been a wedding photographer for more than four years, and it shows. He has a way of putting his creative stamp on a photograph while still letting the visuals speak for themselves, and the results typically fall somewhere between fine art and journalism. Rather than confine himself to the monochromatic backgrounds of a studio, Erick travels across Tampa to capture his clients in more natural settings. Aside from wedding photography, he specializes in snapping portraits of high-school seniors.
With a bachelor's degree in piano pedagogy and a master's in elementary education, Jessica Benitez is well equipped to teach students to read music, play music, and even compose their own songs. During performance classes, students gather to tickle the ivories for an audience of supportive peers. Jessica holds classes at her studio and in her home, and can also travel to students’ homes for lessons.
The staff at Gadgets Repair specializes in electronics diagnostics and repair, allowing them to quickly assess buggy gizmos before replacing points of failure. Xboxes, iPhones, and flat-screen TVs all fall within the repair team's scope of expertise, which covers everything from the replacing a smartphone's cosmetically flawed screen to delicately resoldering printed circuits without tickling them.
With 40 years of experience between them, the shutterbug husband and wife duo of Brent and Dawn capture life's grandest moments through their work at Angela Clifton Photography. Specializing in on-location shoots illuminated by natural light, they capture the moments that cell phones, or ever the most tenured court painter, can't do justice to. Baby's first steps. The glow of an expectant mother. The playful frolics of a new pet. The family's first trip to the beach. These are brief moment's that the photographers make timeless.
For weddings and engagements, Brent and Dawn's photographs document the romance of two hearts beating at once, and for aspiring models and actors, they create headshots that practically leap into the hands of casting directors. For those who want to understand the art and mechanics of family photography, Angela Clifton Photography offers photo classes that build upon the technical aspects of lenses, lighting, and composition, and include tips on how to work with families for the perfect shot.
At Musically Yours Piano Studio, instructor Sarah Avriett guides beginner and intermediate students. During lessons, students learn music theory to augment their understanding of the music they're playing. Yearly recitals give students opportunities to showcase what they've accomplished in their lessons.
Sarah also lends her piano-playing prowess to gatherings such as weddings, receptions, and church events.
On top of all the technical know-how it takes to competently wield a camera, you need to have an obsession for chasing that elusive moment when your subject opens up and flashes a genuine, powerful emotion. It's not easy, but photographer Melissa A. Dozier sure makes it look that way. At M.A.D. Images, Melissa draws on a background of professional courses to snap images that capture what it feels like to be a child, newlywed, or pregnant mother whose baby gets all the attention.