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.
In one child's hand, a tiny tambourine jangles along to a song while another child claps to the rhythm. It's not an uncommon sight at any of MusicalMe/Music Together's educational classes, where kids up to age 6 express themselves through music. And parents attend along with their children to sing, dance, and have fun, whether by helping littler participants along or by ripping a mean solo during a kazoo jam session. With classes holding up to 14 students, each child gets a significant amount of attention and guidance as they learn to appreciate melody and rhythm and learn to love making music.
Armed with 20 years of experience and an encyclopedic knowledge of light, composition, color, and storytelling, the photographers at Krazy Zexy immortalize sensuous moments. Krazy Zexy
specializes in helping women find and flaunt their sexy side with fun, flirtatious photo sessions. They retouch the images to ensure each element of the photo is picture-perfect and the resulting images make perfect gifts for loved ones.
Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.
Seasoned photographer Elli doesn't just use her camera to document special occasions—she uses it as a tool for self-expression. Her signature blend of contemporary, vintage, and traditional influences breathes life into each of her photographs, whether she's taking pictures on the streets of Europe or capturing a baby's precious smile. She works with subjects of all types, including families, newborns, and fashion models looking to build their portfolios. When Elli isn't perfecting her craft as a photographer, she's delving into other forms of art, such as painting, makeup application, and graphic design.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Nadine at Birdy Phtoography is a premier newborn photographer in San Jose and the Bay Area. After learning the art of newborn portraiture, I love to capture these first few moments of your baby. I also specialize in maternity, baby, fresh 48, and family photography.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
was bloomed after photographing my children so much and having the opportunity to pour full focus into starting and running my business.
What do you love most about your job?
I love being a part of these huge moments in people’s lives. They share the most precious times with me from announcing their pregnancy to meeting their baby in the hospital just born, through their family sessions years later.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Most wonderful and amazing as always Nadine is so wonderful and her work is truly amazing makes our family moments even more special!