In an increasingly digital age, the team at Pacific Beach Photography still believes that there is no substitute for prints and wall images. From documenting a family’s history to capturing a surfer catching their first wave, Pacific Beach Photography is there to help memorialize the moment. Photographers specialize in surfing pictures, baby photos, engagements, weddings, events, and lifestyle portraits, and they always bring a fresh perspective to each job in order to keep their work from going stale. Pacific Beach Photography happily hosts subjects in its natural-light studio, or staffers venture out to local beaches and destinations for vibrant, dynamic scenic shoots.
Carmen Ridenoure's family wasn't surprised when she decided to make photography her career—she'd been staging photo shoots since age 9, with the help of old wedding gowns, disposable cameras, and her sister. Since then she's earned two photography degrees, explored photojournalism, and opened Reaction Photography Studios. In all her work, she says on her website, her goal has remained the same: "to look at ordinary moments and capture them in an extraordinary way." Her portfolio overflows with intimate candid and playfully posed portraits of young couples and newlyweds as well as children, family, and pets. She often shoots on location, framing her subjects in the surrounding woodlands or even gritty industrial settings.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Music Generations is located just blocks from the water in the North Pacific Beach neighborhood. In business for 9 years, Music Generations offers professional music instruction in a spacious recording studio environment. Hang out before your lesson and have some coffee or tea in MG's cozy lobby.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Books and materials will be provided. The studio has a piano, but guitar, and bass students will need to bring their own instrument. Oh and drummers, bring your sticks!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Its pretty easy to be passionate about art and music. Music Generations is here to spread the love of music and help musicians achieve greatness!
What do you love most about your job?
The most rewarding thing about teaching music is seeing students progression. Wether they are just learning or have been playing for awhile, its great to see them progress and accomplish their goals.
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.
Fotomojo’s team of pro shutterbugs empowers aspiring photographers with the skills to artfully manipulate the latest cameras and photography tools. They do that during workshops that cover everything from exposure to shutter speeds, manual modes, and HDR image processing. Hands-on shooting exercises also ensure students master techniques learned in classes.
Fine-art photographers Rod and Robin Deutschamnn founded In Focus Learning Center on a simple premise: a photo's quality depends on lighting, focus, and the photographer's vision. At In Focus Learning Center, they emphasize these keys to quality, downplaying high-tech gear and post-shoot editing. In their classes and symposiums, the shutterbugs focus on "manual photography," the art of manipulating a digital camera's settings to suit the desired shot—which could be a landscape, an infrared image, or an action shot of a baby on its first high-speed chase.