A graphic designer by training, Julie Weiss first picked up a camera when she couldn't find stock photography that was up to her exacting standards. She was familiar with technique, so she started snapping shots of people, places, pets, and food. She discovered a true passion for the art form and for making women feel beautiful, and founded Weiss Photography to make a career of it. She still shoots a wide range of subjects for personal and commercial use, but particularly specializes in boudoir photography, capturing moments of beauty that the naked eye might normally miss.
Professional photographers Jonathan Mathis and Carlos Guzman nurture and support budding photographic talents with their classes and workshops. During the six-hour Point & Shoot digital photography workshop, budding shutterbugs maximize camera potential as an expert instructor discusses the basics of camera operation while shining light on the various camera modes, menus, and zoom features. In both Point-and-Shoot and DSLR camera classes, instructors also cover the fundamentals of editing, cropping, printing, and storing. At the end of each workshop, apprentices review their photos from the session and discuss them as a group, pointing out strengths, weaknesses, and skillfully camouflaged Waldos. Other classes and workshops have included sessions on topics such as studio lighting, documentary photography, and digital editing. Creative Digital Workshops also hosts low-cost lectures and demonstrations to inspire communities to see and capture their worlds through a camera lens.
Clovis-based photographer Bryce Postler knows his lenses. Shooting sporting vents, jubilant celebrations, portraits, and more, Postler often posts the results of his recent shoots on his Facebook page with helpful graphics, detailing the equipment and settings used for each.
Brimming behind a curved glass exterior, painstakingly crafted bisque pieces perch on sleek black squares while original drawings and paintings cascade across the light-strewn walls of The Chartreuse Muse. Inside, local artists showcase their pièces de résistance and helm classes in the dynamic space's art school. Sessions for all ages and levels tackle a bevy of media, such as clay, charcoal, and acrylic paints, and inspire students to draw, paint, or create mixed-media collages of their tax-return documents.
After years of watching
her father snap pictures, Antoinette got the chance to be the photographer. She
was 10 years old, and her father lent her his old Honeywell Pentax and a roll
of black-and-white film while they were hiking in the mountains. Seeing the
world through a lens triggered a new passion for her. She joined the
yearbook staff in high school and even bought her first “real” camera before she
bought her first “real” car. She now spends her days capturing unforgettable
moments during weddings and family photo shoots.