Like many artists, Dyanne Williams experimented with a variety of mediums before sticking with the one that suited and intrigued her the most: mosaics. At her Beverly Hills studio, she not only constructs works for her own oeuvre, but also leads small, intimate classes of no more than six students. Each pupil is invited to choose a project and work at the pace they're most comfortable with—which makes her courses suitable to all experience levels, including advanced artists and anyone who thinks a mosaic is the French word for "music."
Bryan Freeman wanted two things out of his career: to meet new people and spend time outdoors. With this in mind, Mr. Freeman's path seemed obvious. He would start giving bike tours. A self-described "fact guy," the expert guide draws upon his extensive knowledge of the Venice area to delight both tourists and California natives. From the Venice canals to the spacious mailboxes of celebrity homes, the expert guide tells stories about famous locations and uncovers some of the area's hidden gems. "Everyone always says they had no idea the tour would be so exciting," he says. "People think Venice is just the beach, but just a block away there is so much more."
Mr. Freeman doesn't keep his groups confined to the seats and cowboy saddles of bicycles. He frequently points out ideal spots for photo ops and occasionally pauses for activities, such as letting groups spray paint their names onto a legal-graffiti wall. He also supplies optional helmet cams that capture videos for souvenirs.
Isla Studio's professional photographers expresses the world and its people through richly colored fine-art images. Whether dealing with landscapes, buildings, portraits, or UFOs, the team waits for a moment to reveal itself, combining the timing of photojournalism with a carefully considered emotional resonance. They also expand the shutter-snapping community with small classes that explore the ins and outs of digital photography.
From its humble beginnings as a one-van commercial transportation service for photographers, Quixote has grown into a full-service production studio in two short decades. Founded and nurtured by LA natives and UCLA grads Mikel Elliott and Jordan Kitaen, Quixote now supplies the entertainment and advertising industries with facilities, equipment, vehicles, and whatever else they may need to get the job done. They recently pumped $1 million into their production-supplies department, allowing them to supply jobs with crucial gear such as iPhones and 4G WiFi boxes so that directors need not summon starlets from their trailers via tin-can phone.