Maria Bernal developed her international eye for snapshottery over three decades and continents, swiftly earning the 2009 and 2010 Photographer of the Year awards from the Austin Professional Photographers Association after establishing her studio after she moved to Texas in 2007. Specializing in domestic depictions of infants, children, families, and more, she and her expert staff capture relations just as they should be remembered: well-groomed and organized by height. The camera crew's 30-to-40-minute scenic family portrait sessions deftly capture their subjects' personalities, and the infant images provide adorably embarrassing blackmail fodder for tween years to come.
Cobblestone Shoe Hospital's expert menders have repaired men's and women's shoes and boots since 1906. Old, comfortable footwear gains renewed life at the shop with replaced heels and soles, saving patrons from outfitting old pumps with cardboard-box bottoms. Additionally, the cobblers skillfully repair luggage, handbags, belts, and briefcases with services ranging from zipper replacement to full dyeing and reconditioning.
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.
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.