Orange County visual artist Don Le has a passion for expressing his subjects' inner beauty and personality. In his career in photography and video production, Le's portfolio spans across a wide range of styles, from wedding compositions to celebrity and fashion photoshoots to family portraits. Le's pieces often splash with a dreamy saturation of color, and he can upgrade a shot with his playful, inventive use of lighting, computer-generated backgrounds, and various angles. During three-hour photography courses, Le teaches students how to visualize and create photo compositions of their very own. Those courses include pointers in both outdoor and indoor photography, so you can properly capture Bigfoot in either the woods or a department store.
Huntington Photo Workshops instructor Tim Mathiesen has collected four decades' worth of panoramic landscapes on trips across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His partner in image stalking, Paul Thompson, has filled the 35 years of his career with countless faces of families and newlyweds. In detailed workshops, the two tackle topics such as sports photography, posing, and harnessing natural light, and aim to get all students comfortable with their own digital camera and inimitable eye.
Located in Huntington Beach, RockStars Music Studios is one of the largest and most successful private music schools in Orange County.
Est. in 2004, more than 200 students come to RockStars every week for private lessons and our innovative group classes.
Professional music instruction will teach you how a proper flute trill can summon magical imps to do your bidding, and if you're lucky enough to discover the mythic H-note, the magical imps will clean your inner ear canal for optimum resonance. Once a week for four weeks, you'll meet with one of the experienced instructors at The Music Factory, a school that prides itself on its roster of experienced, professional musicians. The school itself both contains and resembles a recording studio, with vibrant red walls and minimal furnishings that allow the instruments to take center stage. Teachers and advisors include members and past members of bands such as the Carpenters, the Motels, Something Corporate, Face to Face, and Rufio.
Photographer Austin Cochran has fixed his camera eye on celebrities the likes of Moby and Rob Zombie, and has done shots for Black Star Beer and Morgan Bacall Clothing. While he takes immense satisfaction from that work, the inclusion of pet portraits is what really rounds out his business, Whiskers and Beaks Pet Photography. Getting families and their pets together makes for uniquely photographable moments in which Austin fosters an energetic and laid-back atmosphere, allowing for comfortable, natural interactions. He also shoots standard portraits, headshots, and engagement sessions, whether there’s a four-legged friend there to steal the show or not.
Nancy Villere’s team of all-female photographers and makeup artists has worked with talent agencies and modeling schools that sought them out to craft sensual portraits. Specializing in boudoir photography, the staff puts clients at ease as it captures fun and flirtatious moments in the bedroom, tastefully framing intimate shots to showcase the sensual curves of the female form or a favorite pair of footed pajamas.
Clients thinking outside the bedroom can pose for engagement photos, senior portraits, or headshots for an audition to star in the neighbor's home movies. Professionally applied makeup makes faces smolder, and hairstyling sessions get coifs camera-ready. After each shoot, the studio performs digital retouching to produce images that flawlessly capture each patron’s inherent beauty.
Since she was a child, Pla Schneider dreamed of writing and illustrating her own children's book. She earned a degree in visual communications and exhibited some of her work in boutiques and galleries, but she couldn't find that spark of inspiration. She was able to find a muse in her daughter, who inspired Pla's first book, Sassy Cassie A True Little Princess. At Sugar-n-Spice Studios, Schneider helps art students circumvent creative blocks by guiding them step-by-step in a fun, playful environment. Patrons dab acrylic paints onto stretched canvases, rendering images of flower-filled parks, technicolor giraffes, or mermaids swimming alongside seahorses and other imaginary animals.