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.
inside Washington ArtWorks, inspiration can strike at any time. Located on the campus of the Washington School of Photography, the 55 artists studios here stay open 24 hours a day, allowing 65+ working professionals to dream up a constant flow of creativity. These men and women work in diverse mediums, from jewelry and clay to pastels and mixed media. Once finished, their realized works might grace the walls of onsite gallery exhibits or sell to collectors at the museum's store.
Although these artworks each possess innate value, some of most valuable things found at Washington ArtWorks come in less tangible forms. Many of the studios double as classrooms, where artists teach the public to paint with watercolors, fuse glass, and create other works of mantel-ready art. This sort of artistic collaboration spills over into a monthly camera club, which takes field trips to scenic locations in the area.
Started in the early 1900s by a taxi driver who helped travelers haul their trunks to Union Station, Beltway Movers eases modern moving with a fleet of 50 vehicles outfitted with two-tier SmartPack systems for safe, efficient transportation. Uniformed, trained small crews arrive at designated locations to shrink-wrap upholstered furniture, disassemble headboards, and load even the most massive of sugar-packet collections into vans with care and efficiency. Any excess belongings can be safeguarded in the company’s storage warehouses, which are guarded by advanced sprinkler and burglar systems and watched by vigilant rattlesnakes 12 hours a day. Customers visiting Beltway’s website can receive a free instant estimate of their move’s cost, as well as a litany of tips to ensure a smooth process.
The Strawberry Roth IRA and the Chocolate Tax Break are just two of the cocktails served at Finances Demystified happy hours, hosted by personal finance coach Dominique Broadway. During the events, also called "money parties," participants sip drinks and mingle, all while discussing personal finance issues and getting answers from experts that include realtors and entrepreneurs.
Dominique spent years at brokerage and personal finance firms, and her experience in money management goes back—way back. Even as a kid, she sold handmade bracelets to her friends and family, rather than just trading them for trendy pet rocks. Currently, Dominique strives to demystify the world of personal finance for the everyday person through her social finance events, which aim to break taboos around discussing money.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios caters to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later. Color Me Mine also offers parties in-studio and on-location.
Cross State Moving and Storage eases the anxiety of relocation with local, long-distance, and international moving services. Certified by the US Movers Association, Cross State can assist with everything from packing up to loading, hauling, and unloading, and also provides storage solutions for those between moves or short on space.