According to Claudia Goodman, she doesn't take pictures; she captures moments. As she presses her eye to her camera's viewfinder and lines up the image of a family, individual, event, or pet, she strives to capture the feeling of that instant in time, to capture the truest essence of her subjects. Against natural backdrops—such as the ocean, the beach, and the enormous alien spacecrafts that constantly patrol the Los Angeles skyline—she immortalizes the infatuation of couples, the unadulterated curiosity of children, and the gentle snoozing of kittens.
On the red carpet, celebs such as Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron, and Robert Downey Jr. all take a minute to pose for Marcelo Araujo. The self-described beauty photographer believes gorgeousness lies not just in his models' good looks, but also in their confidence and poise. Rather than requesting specific poses from behind the camera, Marcelo strives to capture the inherent allure and drama of candid images during his beauty and fashion shoots. Alongside these specialties, Marcelo will also schedule shoots for headshots and catalogs.
Orlando Deral is a man of many talents. Using hi-definition cameras, he leads his staff in capturing images on both print and film. They also handle media needs in all stages, from storyboarding commercial spots to optimizing music videos for the internet. But the studio's real focus is on weddings, wherein a photographer and cinematographer help tell a couple's story through engagement reenactments or a rundown of their special day.
Martial Arts History Museum's exhibits chronicle martial arts' role in two stories: the histories of prominent Asian countries, and the cultural influence of Asian countries on America. Through paintings, musical instruments, and theatrical displays, the nonprofit organization's exhibits cover the origins and growth of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines. As they trace those histories, they also zoom in on major events such as the Boxer Rebellion and the relationship between martial arts and Asian arts such as Chinese opera and Japanese Taiko drumming.
Fittingly for a museum whose designers included artists from Disney and The Simpsons, the space also contains a media section, where a continuous showing of the three-part documentary Martial Arts in Film, TV and Print sets the stage for the surrounding exhibit. Portions of this section analyze pop-culture staples such as Kung Fu Panda and Avatar: The Last Airbender, and other parts display movie memorabilia such as Ralph Macchio's headband from The Karate Kid, though his socks are kept in a hidden location known only to the world's three richest kings. The museum also hosts frequent events and classes that range from sushi seminars to sword-cutting performances.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
After first discovering photography in Manhattan, Xenia Berg globe trots to where the work takes her, currently residing in Germany. Her work and travels occasionally take her back to LA, to collaborate with her friend and active commercial photographer Bryan Alano. Bryan takes time away from clients such as Citibank, Roxy, and Lifestyle Magazine to share insights into lifestyle and wedding photography. Students benefit from Xenia and Bryan's wealth of commercial experience, learning how to navigate lighting instruments, digitally touch-up documents, and reward well-behaved models with caviar-flavored dog biscuits.