At The Brand Factory, a collective of seasoned photographers, videographers, and music production specialists make the dreams of aspiring musicians and up-and-coming artists a reality. Performers take their talents to the recording studio, where producers turn soulful songs and catchy hip-hop tracks into crisp, clear, professional albums. During photo and video shoots, visual artists create stunning promotional stills and videos, boosting the signal of the local music and performing-arts community.
With a degree in digital arts and design, a background in fashion design, and 10 years of photography experience, Consuela Vlek is a master of the tools that create impressive images. Whether capturing a wedding, family portrait, or headshot, Vlek's compositional craftwork frames subjects in the best light. A soft focus gives photos a glowing quality, and editing and retouching endows each image with a flawless, professional finish.
Snapdragon shutterbug Jennifer Schwartz has been snapping mugs, as well as faces, for more than 15 years. Jennifer's own two youngsters have taught her how to work flexibly with time-pressed families, so she specializes in capturing the captivating spontaneity of expectant mothers, playful tikes, four-legged friends, training montages, and notoriously difficult-to-photograph vampire toddlers.
This deal invites you to choose from three classes. The What Does This Button Do? class works through the camera's essential functions; Why Do My Shots Stink? covers the basic elements of composition and creativity; and I See the Light! is a crash course in how to utilize the lighting that’s available to you. Byars caps each class at around 10 students so that she can spare individual attention for each and every participant. The first hour of the course is lecture and the second involves hands-on picture-shooting practice. Classes are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in the morning and early afternoon. Check the schedule for individual class times. As the scheduled sessions fill up, additional times and dates will be added.
Photographer Kristy Mone’ takes a special interest in light—how it can set a mood, play across a face, and create pocket s of shadow. She applies her lighting expertise to a variety of shoots, using her Nikon camera to photograph engaged couples, smiling families, and models donning hot new trends. She also shoots musicians as they light up a stage or give their instruments pep talks in the green room.