Easy as A-B-C, the artists behind Life in Letters craft custom photographic gifts available both in their shop and online. Over the years, they've amassed a vast collection of black-and-white photos of common objects and sights that resemble letters—such as arches, golf balls, fences, and palm trees—which they assemble into meaningful words, such as love, laugh, family, and nihilism. Once customers have chosen their word and selected each letter, they can have their piece matted and framed to suit their own decor or that of a loved one. The photographers also share their skills with aspiring shutterbugs during regular introductory photography classes.
Through its network of professional musicians, JamPlay, LLC consistently creates and uploads intuitive, easy-to-follow online guitar lessons, producing up to 11 hours of new content each month. Dozens of session guitarists and rock stars from bands such as GWAR, Atreyu, and Megadeth help novices and intermediate players master scales, licks, and the fundamentals of performance for all styles of music. An online network of thousands of fellow students offer moral support, tips, and camaraderie as users play along with hundreds of prerecorded tracks or hone their music skills through fun online games.
With more than 50 years of combined experience snapping and framing shots, the artists at Schwabe Studio Photography usher fleeting moments into the future during in-studio and on-location sessions. They specialize in photographing families, newlyweds, and soon-to-be-graduates, who can choose from seven unique senior portrait sessions. Sports-themed shoots showcase young athletes in action, and birthday parties inside the studio capture youngsters dressed in whimsical costumes. Once each session's shutters have snapped shut, the photo artists easily print out the digital images, which, unlike film images, need not be developed inside a stolen cocoon.
Photographer Dan Cleary is much more than a photographer—he's an artist. In fact, Dan has a Masters of Fine Arts degree to prove it. Perhaps that's why, as the photographer at Cleary Creative Portraits, he's been in business for more than two decades. Or perhaps it's the promise he makes to his clients that if they aren't over the moon about their photos, he'll return their payment in full. But with his eye for capturing family portraits, newborn babies, wedding days, and other special occasions, those instances are rarities.
Master photographer Mark Garber gathers children, families, and engaged couples for in-studio or on-location photo shoots. During weddings, he snaps candid photos as couples say “I do” and share their first dance. After shoots, Garber’s work can be framed and placed on a mantel, hung on a wall, or dangled from a rearview mirror.
Rather than posing their subjects in front of bland, lifeless studio backdrops, the photographers at LMents Design use the beauty of nature to add vitality to their photos. They snap shots as their subjects wander through some of Dayton’s most picturesque settings, whether that means strolling through colorful trails in the fall or playfully tossing snowballs at each other in the winter. By coaching their subjects while also respecting the power of candid moments, the team delivers photos that capture a sense of fun and freedom.