For Ken Salos, photography isn't so different from fishing. An experienced angler and second-generation captain, he developed patience and an eye for detail during a lifetime of hunting tarpon, redfish, and trout. These same talents now come in handy behind the camera, helping Ken teach his photography students how to coax eye-popping shots out of their DSLRs. Although Ken's face may stay behind the lens, his heart remains with the water. In addition to documenting his own fish stories, Ken also lends his skills as a fish-tracker and a shutterbug to his fellow fishermen and hunters by enshrining their trophies in rugged, understated portraits.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
The Suzuki Institute teaches Suzuki and traditional lessons.
Our Teachers are members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and/or The Royal Achievement Program.
Our instructors were founding teachers with the Achievement Program.
We have been in Sarasota 25 yrs
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide an instrument for the lessons and any other materials necessary.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Prior to relocating to Sarasota in 1989, I instructed in high school, served as an adjudicator and taught in college.
I began training in Suzuki in 1984 as a member of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) Our teachers are hired because of their love of the art and teaching.
What do you love most about your job?
Teaching music and the child's overall
development is the most important mission we have.
As Dr. Suzuki stated, "Character first, ability second."
Our school is based on this principle.
This is our joy.
When Fabiola Rodriguez was a little girl, her grandfather told her she could have anything in his drugstore. She chose a camera. From that point on, she rarely appeared in family photos because she was behind the lens developing the artistic talent she inherited from her father. After raising her own children, she was finally able to open her own photography business, which she dubbed Fabiola Fotography.
A member of the Wedding Photography Association and the Florida Professional Photographers, Fabiola stops memorable moments in their tracks with normal saturation and shutter speeds to retain authenticity. Her versatility shines in both indoor and outdoor photo shoots, and she combines rustic and modern props while crafting portraits of newborns and babies. Fabiola takes a journalistic approach to weddings and lets moms-to-be show off their baby bumps while walking along the beach, cuddling their loved ones, or chiseling new cribs out of solid rock.
Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as five refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
Pedraza Photography’s dedicated photographer believes a good photo can show the inner beauty sometimes missed among the hustle and bustle of daily life. During portrait and fashion shoots he creates a relaxed environment where clients can be themselves and exhibit that inner beauty. He holds photo sessions for everyone from models to families, students, and moms-to-be. Stock photography, band photo shoots, and architecture photography are also passions of his.
When not managing his restaurant, Michael Viegas is out exploring his other passion: photography. He’s been behind the lens for the past 15-plus years arranging easy-going portrait sessions for individuals, families, kids, and couples. Artfully composed food photography is another specialty of his, of course, as is nature photography. He’s an expert at working with wedding parties to ensure all magical moments are memorialized, as well.