When Alfonso Arnold took time off from touring Canada as a musician, he planned to focus on business and marketing. But when a colleague asked him to snap a quick shot of a local artist, Arnold realized he had found a new artistic passion: photography. Since capturing that spur-of-the-moment image, he's crafted a diverse portfolio that encompasses fine art, commercial work, and a wide variety of subjects. He also teaches at Vancouver's LaSalle College of Design, imparting the photographic technique that's inspired the University of British Columbia and Amnesty International to commission his work. Arnold himself has been featured on CBC and MTV Canada.
As the instructor and founder of Photography Cures, he follows a philosophy that hinges on giving constructive critiques and paying close attention to students' skills so he can tailor each workshop and curriculum to individual needs. Not content to merely lecture, Arnold takes students on photo walks so they can get hands-on experience and try out their new skills.
A bride and groom, in their wedding day finery, wander through a cornfield. A woman lounges on a couch in a strapless corset. After working as a photographer more than a decade, Kari's team of photographers can expertly capture each scene, whether it’s a candid shot or a formal occasion. Originally a wedding-only photographer, Kari and her team have expanded their stylistic repertoire to include boudoir and maternity shoots. Photo shoots occur inside the team's Mount Pleasant studio loft, and to keep them as personal and uninhibited as possible, clients work with an all-women team. As they shift between shoot styles, however, their basic philosophy stays the same: they strive to capture natural images infused with authentic emotion, rather than cheesy camera smiles or “surprise” visits from a local television personality.
When doctors told Joey and Darryl Simon that their son Jet’s premature birth could result in learning disabilities, the couple immersed him in the world of art as a means of helping him overcome any educational obstacles. Their tutelage and care paid off, resulting in an impressive array of paintings from their child at a very young age. Jet’s talent and creativity inspired his parents to establish 4Cats Arts Studio in hopes of unleashing the inner artists of other children as well as adults. The Simons accomplish this mission through hands-on sessions in mixed media, painting, and Artist Focus classes, which concentrate on the histories and styles of certain artists, such as Picasso’s cubism and Andy Warhol’s self-portraits of soup cans.
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
An accredited institution of higher learning that intertwines its curricula with the fine arts, Pera College helps students hone their creativity while becoming proficient in the English language. Modest class sizes allow students to absorb coursework without lining their backpacks with sponges as they take steps toward becoming operatives in fields such as business, hospitality, and customer service. The institution's combination of language learning with fine arts improves students' breadth and depth of communication while honing a new skill. Weekend workshops in drawing, painting, and photography also allow non-ESL students to tap into Pera College’s experienced, diverse faculty.:m]]
One of Studio Cloud 30's missions is to bridge "the gap between music schools and major label development." The sleek studio is an open-concept facility that caters to aspiring entertainers of all skill levels. Vocal coaches train singers with tips for both live performances and studio sessions; percussion teachers drill drummers on rhythm, groove, and pocket; and acting instructors deliver one-on-one assistance for excelling in auditions for roles in theatre productions and commercials advertising stage trapdoors. The studio professes a credo of "for artists, by artists," a message of support for up-and-coming performers of all kinds.