The elegant lines of a quinceañera dress. The awestruck face of a child meeting her favorite Disney princess. The exchange of smiles between newly engaged couples. Priscilla thrives on capturing the details that surround major life events through her on-location or in-studio photo shoots. No matter the occasion, Priscilla stands ready—camera in hand—to beautifully preserve moments, which she makes available with a selection of print options and high-resolution digital images that can be easily shared online.
More than just a creative outlet, art teaches students how to solve problems, set goals, communicate, and challenge themselves. The art instructors at Priscilla & Tiffany’s Art Corp. incorporate these lessons into each activity, whether students are using charcoal to sketch a winter scene or constructing a collage representing the report card they'd like to receive. As kids and adults work at easels or across large tables, the spacious studios are filled with carefully designed lighting and soft classical music.
Led by well-traveled shutterbug Marguerite Beaty, Crea8fotos' staff instructs owners of DSLR cameras how to professionally operate their equipment. During Introduction to Digital Photography I, Marguerite reveals how camera settings can manipulate light quality and image sharpness and trains students to control focus, particularly in the event of a photo bomb by sasquatch. After studying the camera's various knobs and switches, students compose and frame shots to produce their own eye-catching photos.
In "auto" mode, cameras automatically adjust their settings to their environments—but in the more artist-friendly manual mode, photographers control every element of their image, from its point of focus to its exposure time. At PhotoSCOOP Stay in the Loop, instructors help their students master the second photography style in four-hour Stepping into Manual Mode workshops, which cover topics such as ISO, aperture, and adding an external flash.
The photography center hosts workshops on more specialized topics, too. Studio Lighting and Posing 101, for example, covers the essentials of flattering studio portraits, whether you're capturing a smiling family or a newlywed couple. Other sessions focus on topics such as outdoor shooting and fashion photography.
There are plenty of ways to learn—reading a book, listening to an audio tape, or watching an instructional video, to name a few. Effective as those methods are for some, for others, they are too impersonal. That's where Face to Face Cooking Club comes in. Here, teachers lead enriching cooking classes, sharing with budding chefs the skills needed to cook the cuisine of many international cultures. The club also offers intensive Spanish programs that cover all four language-related skills—writing, speaking, reading, and listening—but focus especially on speaking, which enables students to communicate quickly instead of etching hieroglyphics into the wall.