"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
Since founding Music Lessons Central back in 1997, David Bown and Mike Freeland have remained dedicated to helping musicians hone their skills. Along with a trio of equally talented instructors, David and Mike focus on the foundational instruments of rock: guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals.
That being said, they also shape lessons around numerous genres, from classical and reggae to blues, named for all its melancholy odes to the pitiless ocean. In addition to private lessons that improve music-reading abilities, Music Lessons Central hosts frequent jam nights, recitals, and even a live band program. Built around factors such as instrument and musical taste, bands rehearse one hour per week before performing at various Inland Empire venues.
Signature Service: Boudoir photography
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes early. Avoid any clothes that will leave lines.
Q&A with the Owner
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We give women confidence. We help them feel special and beautiful and discover or rediscover their beauty. It is a very emotional experience for women and often changes their outlook for the better.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We help clients choose the best outfits to bring by doing a styling phone consultation to help them create the exact look they are hoping for.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
We are the love child of Little Black Dress Boudoir, which is our luxury brand of boudoir photography [and] which has been around for six years. We saw a need for an affordable economy boudoir studio that still gave clients the amazing quality that we are known for. We believe all women should have an amazing boudoir session at least once in their lifetime. It can be life changing for some people.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are an all-women studio. We are a Little Black Dress company. Our photos start at $380 and go up from there, and the average client spends $575 on their photos.
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.
Long before opening Mitch's Music School, Mitch Puglisi was tickling the piano keys, playing accordion, and singing. He even co-produced “The All New Blues Brother Revue.” In fact, Mitch loved music so much that he gathered a handful of talented musicians, including one who has played piano since the age of 5, to teach folks how to jam. Together, these instructors have the most popular instruments mastered, sharing their expertise in the drums, guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet, and flute. During lessons, students learn not only basic techniques, but also music theory and how to properly smash a woodwind on stage after a concerto.
Friends Nathan Brown and Javonni Gayden are living examples of how two heads are better than one. The duo pooled their respective skills—Brown is more technology-savvy while Gayden is the creative one—to form Brown and Gayden Productions. The photographers specialize in photography and videography for large-scale events such as weddings and graduations. They also offer postproduction services such as professional-quality video editing.