Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
Music Instruction Studio's university-educated teachers dispense harmonious how-tos during music lessons for students 6 years and older. Offering instruction in pop, jazz, and classical styles, the instructors equip vocalists with belting skills, teach pianists masterful ivory tickling, and inspiring guitarist. Music Instruction Studio stocks its interior with instruments as well as an entire library of sheet music that students can purchase at an additional cost; pupils may also rent out equipment for at-home practice. After stepping up their skills, students can draw on MIS's extensive music studio to showcase newfound abilities and hair-metal power slides during semiannual recitals at no additional charge.
Many of Ailey Breeden's portraits place subjects in the sun-flooded landscapes of Chattanooga, smiling on the shores of a babbling stream or in front of a forest as the leaves fade to a mosaic of orange, yellow, and brown. Though she views herself as "just a girl with a camera," Alley—the owner and shutterbug at A Little Bird Photography—has a gift for letting her subjects' personalities surface in photo sessions. Some clients pose with cherished personal items or pets to give their portraits an extra dose of character. In each session, she harnesses natural light to give her pictures a warm feel.
Experienced photographer and new Atlantan Mandy Evans specializes in both photojournalistic captures and creative portraits, adjusting her technique to suit the photo subjects at hand. She divides her sessions into "lifestyle photography," which captures on-location shots of babies, families, or other groups, and "lovestyle photography," which focuses on weddings or engagements.
Photographer Shannon Youngblood has two specialties. The first is capturing the happiness and tranquility in the faces of children, families, and newlyweds, often using natural lighting and rustic backdrop. Her second specialty is creating alphabet photography. Camera in hand, she ventures into natural and urban environments, finding scenes and objects that resemble letters: the branches of a tree might make a V; a wrought-iron fence might form the curves of a G. Those images then combine to spell words, paying tribute to anything from a family name to a person's favorite condiment.
Picasso's Corner's imaginative artists offer step-by-step instruction to guide students of all skill levels as they craft 16"x20" paintings. Classes, running either two hours Tuesday-Wednesday or three hours Thursday-Saturday, are scheduled at 7 p.m. and include all necessary materials such as acrylic paint, brushes, high-powered paintball guns, easels, aprons, and canvases. At the studio only, patrons may use provided bottle openers and cups during class to enjoy self-supplied beer, wine, and snacks. The studio's three-hour open-studio sessions offer a more independent painting session devoid of step-by-step instruction and performance-enhancing hugs.