A Washington-based photography business and a member of the National Press
Photographers Association, Shevry—the owner and shutterbug of the National Exposure Group at Sure Shot Photography—brings a practiced eye to photo shoots of all varieties. With mostly corporate clients, Sure Shot Photography has captured moments at a host of high-profile events and attendees, including the Congressional Black Caucus - ACL 2013 Prayer Breakfast and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
If the main objective of the glamour photographer is to make the model look attractive, there are probably more challenging subjects than Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera—but that doesn't mean David Blecman is complaining. The Positive Negatives founder and longtime shutterbug—he was named the photo editor of his county newspaper before his 20th birthday more than 30 years ago—has a history of plucking these plum gigs, having snapped pictures of celebrities such as Jimmy Buffett and Gene Simmons and worked for commercial clients including Sears, JCPenney, and Bath & Body Works.
At his studio, Blecman applies his skills toward shooting everything from headshots for models and actors to portraits of kids and teens. He also shares his expertise during workshops that cover both photography and modeling, so students can know what it feels like to be on both sides of a lens without giving their neighbors a turn with the binoculars.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Vickie Lewis has been a professional photographer for over 25 years with over 150 portrait assignments for People Magazine under her belt. She's fun, patient, light-hearted and wants you to be successful.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
You will be learning how to shoot on manual mode.
Bring your DSLR camera and your camera manual. Make sure you have your batteries charged, and bring extras if you have them.
You'll be taking pictures within the first thirty minutes, so come ready for hands on experience and lots of fun.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The opportunity to share my passion and experience with others. Photography has brought me a lot of joy and I know how important memories, preserved as pictures can be.
What do you love most about your job?
Meeting new people and seeing new things. My camera has been, and continues to be a passport to anything I want to see and experience. It's simply awesome to have a camera and I want others to feel that sense of adventure, too!
The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
Uncork'd Art's instructors invite artists of all skill levels to let their creativity flow while practicing no-pressure painting. During their adult classes, experienced local artists unlock latent talents with a complimentary glass of wine, a brought-from-home snack, and muses equipped with brass knuckles. Instructors lead students in painting experiments during Just For Fun sessions, and provided materials allow for the creation of acrylic-adorned masterpieces. Throughout the 6-week art- and wine-appreciation course, students learn theories and techniques, sample fragrant vinos, and produce three finished paintings. Uncork'd also offers private parties for groups of 10 or more, as well as happy-hour classes, which include helpful instruction with complimentary wine and supplies. Prospective pupils can schedule their next creative frenzy by perusing the online calendar.