Signature service: Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Q&A with Suzanne Hern, Studio Director
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
The Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio is a place where individuals can transcend through art.
Many participants realize a feeling of relaxation through painting and fellowship,
meeting new friends, and actually surprising themselves with the "masterpieces" they create in class.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
The Mona Lisa Painting Party is just that, a party.
The paintings are whimsical and easy for anyone to accomplish.
One does not need to be artistically talented to be successful in the class.
We make it fun and comfortable to create.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
While attending our painting parties, you can also enjoy the other art and happenings going on a the studio.
Shopping [and] other entertainment is close by while at the studio.
When he was a child, Michael Russell spent a lot of time in his father’s darkroom, watching and helping him develop photographs. As Russell grew into an adult, he still loved photography but opted to pursue a career in front of the camera as a television news reporter. Even as he interviewed celebrities, presidents, and wax statues of presidents, he found himself most engaged with shooting his own video, and with framing shots of natural landscapes and wildlife. He eventually would leave his broadcasting career to teach photography full time, and venture on expeditions to scenic vistas and art fairs. During Russell’s workshops, his picture-snapping protégés can pick his brain as they practice various photography concepts and sample professional lenses.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Photography is an art, a passion, that our instructors understand and love to share. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing someone capture an amazing moment using the skills and techniques that you taught them.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide a class syllabus that includes the highlights and some tools for the course. Students need to bring a modern DSLR camera with detachable lens. If you aren't sure, e-mail us and check if your camera is suitable!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
J. Griffith Photography was founded out of a simple love for photography. Jeremiah has been a shutterbug since he was knee-high to a grasshopper, starting in film and eventually moving into digital. That love of photography is what drives every shoot, every class, and every decision!
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing the look of joy and happiness on a clients face when we capture the moment, or better yet help them capture that special moment. Seeing that love of photography sparked in someone else is a feeling that never gets old!
Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury vacation home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.