The big moments in life, such as weddings or the birth of a child, are easy to remember like they happened yesterday.
Photographer L. Severson makes sure all of the smaller moments are just as memorable, snapping evocative pictures that capture everything from the pregnancy glow of an expectant mother to the peacefulness of a sleeping newborn. Year-round, she photographs families inside her fully equipped studio or right outside, where a four-acre portrait park makes a beautiful backdrop with a pond and wooden bridge. After photo sessions, she helps clients decide on colorful prints they can hang over a fireplace or on a wall.
Jon E. Gee knows a lot of famous musicians. In fact, he's one of them. The accomplished bass player, dubbed a "consummate professional" by his John Mellencamp Band colleague Mike Wanchic and praised for being "always positive" by lead guitarist Andy York, has toured the world, laying down reverberating bass lines for artists such as Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, and Melissa Etheridge.
Back home in Indiana, Gee leads students toward their personal and professional musical goals at his unassuming studio. Sharing his hard-earned performance techniques, such as how to use small magnets to connect with an audience, Gee instills charisma and confidence in his students, prompting Wanchic to proclaim, "I don't think you could find a better person to be mentored through than Jon."
Owner Marcy feels she "was born to open Chrome Fitness," and with her twin passions of fitness and dance and a team of expert instructors, students are inclined to agree. On any given day,
you might see pole dance pupils twirling and twisting on the five suspension trainers and nine poles striping her 1,800 square foot purple dance studio alongside a 10-foot-tall mirror. But that's not the only curriculum on the Chrome Fitness class list. There's
also boot camp, Zumba, hip-hop dance, and yoga sessions, along with unique offerings such as Zumbooty and chair dance. Workouts tone and get hearts pumping, but they're also fun, which may be why Chrome is also a bachelorette party destination.
While Ashlie Duncan already had a career in marketing, she felt her artistic side deserved a career of its own. At The Paint Cellar, the art studio she founded in 2011, Ashlie and her team of fellow artists share their passion for paint with students of all ages and skill levels. Like a film screening of Rocky, the staff at The Paint Cellar gives students a complete lesson in artistry in just two hours, guiding them through the process of completing their own painting in each of her classes.
Between the four of them, the instructors at The Art Studio of Carmel have more than 125 years of teaching experience. The women lead art classes designed to both guide and inspire creative minds and help visitors unwind with artistic projects. After-school programs keep kids occupied with themes that rotate with the seasons, including Halloween-themed projects in October or easy paintings of white snow on white paper in December.
The certified instructors at Revel Fitness love teaching Zumba classes. They love it so much, in fact, that Revel Fitness is a nearly all-Zumba studio, offering easy-to-learn dance steps and exciting Latin rhythms in classes such as Zumba Toning, Hips and Abs, and Zumba Gold. Come in to burn calories and gain strength while dancing away a workout, and socialize with other students in these laid-back fitness sessions.