What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Laura's applicable teaching style will help you understand the different factors that can make or break your images.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Students must provide their own digital camera, preferably a DSLR with the option to use manual setting. I provide a workbook to help you learn and refer back to the things that we will discuss in class.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have loved photography since I was a child, and I have always enjoyed the challenge of capturing images that convey the sense of wonder that one feels when faced with the beauty of nature. I want to help people take steps along that journey of learning how to capture the beauty around them.
What do you love most about your job?
I love doing something that helps me get outside and see new places on a regular basis.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
For a small business, Riveting Frame & Design’s staff boast an impressive resumé: two members are artists—one of whom has a fine-arts degree—and the team has nearly a half-century of combined experience. Customers can meet with these experts at the store, where they will receive same-day quotes that detail all the possible design options. Working with the team, clients then choose a design from an extensive selection of frames, mouldings, mats, and fillets; with staff using computerized mat cutting to ensure accuracy. Additionally, Riveting outfits delicate artworks or especially successful peach cobblers in conservation framing, and the shop sells original and fine art, mirrors, canvas prints, and giclées.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three-hour workshop. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras other adjustable digital cameras', teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, shutter speeds and apertures to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Bart will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
Rocky Mountain Audio/Video Productions plucks your ideas from the air and develops them into reality. The full-service video production company has been in business since 1982, before DVDs were invented and when the human eye could only detect three colors. Over the years, though, RMAVP has grown alongside technology, and, today, it touts a portfolio packed with vibrant productions for broadcasters, corporations, and independent clients. The company also provides audio studio recording, media streaming for the web, and video duplication services that transfer old forms of video to more modern sources.
Merissa Pratt honed her eye for composition and color from behind the lens of a camera, but it didn't take her long to apply her talents to painting as well. To help others discover their penchant for the brush, she began Painting Parties, leading groups in recreating her personal paintings. She travels to the location of the party host’s choice, transforming a room in a client's home or office into a temporary studio as she covers precious floors with drop cloths and fills the space with easels, paints, and brushes. She invites guests to supply snacks and, most importantly, their favorite libations to help draw out creative impulses. At the end of the session, she and her crew handle the cleanup while the newly initiated painters admire their frame-ready works of art and master gallery-friendly phrases such as, “This really speaks to me,” and “No, seriously—I think this painting is talking.”