Okello Dunkley designs his workshops for students who have just bought or are thinking of buying a DLSR camera but are mystified by its myriad gadgets and gizmos. The accessible nature of these classes has helped Dunkley spread them into nearly a dozen locations across the Midwest and east coast, where students as young as 12 learn how to take a digital camera off automatic mode and manually manipulate ISO light sensors and aperture openings. More advanced classes delve into working with difficult light—such as cloudy weather or days when the sun is set on strobe light—and others explore how to navigate computer software for photo manipulation.
Founder-director Isabel Benemelis grew up in Cuba, surrounded by the mambo tunes and Afro-Cuban rhythms that earned the country its reputation as a musical hot spot. At age 4 she took up the piano, and by 7 she found herself "mesmerized by the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach" whenever it hit her ears. This immersion in multiple genres influenced Benemelis when she built her school from oboe reeds in 1995: faculty members specialize in classical music, but ably veer into jazz and Latin scores if students have an interest. During one-on-one, 30-minute lessons, they teach adults and children older than age 4 to play piano, guitar, saxophone, bongos, and a host of other instruments. In keeping with the school’s multidisciplinary roots, many instructors are also fluent in English and Spanish.
Diana Lewkowicz doesn't view photography as a career as much a vocation. Diana's uninhibited passion for photography has led her on trips around the globe, where she’s captured her clients’ happy moments in all their unpredictable glory. Diana now brings that passion to her Natural Light Studio in Falls Church, Virginia, where she snaps shots of families, newborns, and more. Inside the studio, Diana has a number of different tools at her disposal to make each shoot unique, including natural and editorial lighting as well as props that can help make shy babies smile and break dance for the camera.
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Complete custom theming, attendant operated, social media integrated with live, connected feed from your party.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We love taking great photos and we want our customers to have a smooth, fluid experience getting and sharing their photos.
What do you love most about your job?
Making customers happy!
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For over a decade, The Art Institute of Washington has welcomed students—those seeking degrees and those just taking a class or two—to its classrooms, located just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro station. Some of those classrooms smell positively delicious; the facility houses three teaching kitchens, a dining lab, and a student-run restaurant helping budding culinary experts develop their palates, knife-skills, and knack for making cauliflower appetizing. Other students master graphic and web design, fashion marketing, and photography, and interior design students get to illuminate things—literally—in the lighting lab.
Levine School of Music coordinates some of the best theater in Arlington. From the moment the curtain draws, you'll be having a great time.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the theater.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this theater.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.