As a law school graduate, self-taught photographer Jim Harmer understands how difficult it can be to take up a new hobby while juggling other responsibilities. That's why he founded Improve Photography, a website that offers 30-day online photography courses, allowing students to learn at their own pace and in the comforts of their own home. Along with fellow photographer Dustin Olsen, Harmer teaches students of all levels the skills to take great photos in 10-minute video lessons that can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, or the computer chip in your brain.
Their courses acquaint beginners with the basics, and also, for more advanced students, focus on more specific facets of the art including business of photography, portrait photography, and Photoshop. Though the classes are online, students bring their newly found skills to the real world through photo challenges, and receive constructive feedback on their photos from Harmer and Olsen.
Firm up and have fun while doing it! Christensen School of Dance in Caldwell is ideal for anyone looking to dance their heart out.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Creative works are meant to be taught in a creative environment using creative means!
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
I sell books to start the process and the student should bring a means of taking notes.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
In a world such as ours teaching harmony seems like removing a little treachery and polishing the future!!
What do you love most about your job?
Those moments of epiphany! When you see the world seem to open up for the student!
Improvolution’s motto is “live funny, die laughing,” and although it’s a slightly edgy sentiment, the troupe promises that its shows are clean enough for kindergarteners, grandparents, and everyone in between. The crew, whose managing director is also a regular cast member, regularly stages evenings of short-form comedy at their new venue or at business and birthday functions. Continual audience interaction and occasional wacky props produce a stream of new inspirations for the performers as they build quick scenes or even stage a rap video at a moment’s notice. The troupe also spearheads workshops in the art, helping aspiring actors flex their adlibbing abilities and audiences break through debilitating suggestion-shouting blocks.
World travelers Michael Bodine and Rose Neitzell share a passion for health and natural healing. Drawing upon the things they've learned on their journeys, they help clients find relief from stress and pain during massage and bodywork sessions. Michael's specialty lies in structural integration and myofascial release, which can improve range of motion and thereby facilitate a smoother golf swing or a more pendulous grandfather-clock impersonation. Rose's background as a practitioner at international spas has taught her the joys of working with clients from diverse backgrounds, as well as varied skincare and detox regimens.