The professional photographer behind Mitchelle Creations discovered at an early age that if she wasn't the force behind her identity then someone else would assign an identity to her. So she grew up constantly creating art, which ultimately led to her developing a passion for photography. She eventually focused on capturing the whimsical moments that occur when children are at play, creating fairytale-like settings complete with costumes. She quickly built up her portfolio and now shoots a variety of services such as portraits, wedding photography, and fitness photography.
Clique Portrait Studio's photographers arrange families, couples, and babies into comfortable poses before snapping images that look like screenshots from a feel-good comedy movie. Because most of the photos are printed in-house, customers often leave the studio with images in hand on the day they were taken.
Jerry Thomas Smith obsesses over angles, lighting, and focus, determined to get a shot that’s both crisp and wholly unique. He applies his dedication to perfection during portrait sessions for families, kids, and couples. Weddings, parades, and parties also get special treatment on a larger stage. A friend to dogs and all things four-legged, it also made perfect sense to him to take his passion for photography and apply it during portrait sessions for pets.
It’s sometimes incredible to fathom just how many people are behind one movie: you need a group to write a script, draw up storyboards, direct, act, hold the camera, do makeup...the list goes on. Casting all these roles is a familiar task to Suezean Matarazzo and Nicholle Walton-Durban, both veterans of the film industry. At Austin Film and Arts Academy, they teach elementary- through high school-aged students how to collaborate on a short movie of their own.
In the academy's main digital filmmaking course, students go from developing their ideas to shooting and lighting each scene on location. While they focus on the bigger picture, other participants refine more specialized skills, such as choreographing stunts, creating horror makeup, or keeping the crew away from craft service before lunch.
Classes stay small, so the academy's roster of instructors and guest speakers—such as casting agents and stuntmen—can grant each student personalized attention. Every session culminates in a final project, such as auditioning on camera or, in the case of digital filmmaking, receiving a DVD of your movie along with a customized poster.