Linda Hughes, Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder, Photographer
As a photographer and owner of Fuzebox Photography, her love of music and film shine through. She creates beautiful portraits of Austin’s finest musicians, capturing the artist in a natural pose and giving the fans a snapshot of the artist’s personality is what she does best. Her images can be seen throughout the magazine. She has had the chance to work with some of Austin’s hottest filmmakers, photographers and musicians. She says, “There is so much talent Austin has to offer, the possibilities are endless.”
Chonie Bradley, Co-Founder, Fashion Editor
An entrepreneur and fashionista, she is owner of online clothing boutiue Electric Frenchie. She finds inspiration in the hippie-chic vibe that “keeps Austin weird.” Her online store is all about providing a collection of fashion-forward indie-designer and mainstream-premium clothes, and accessories. Her love of fashion, art and all things Austin are shown in her selection of features.
Shelby Chapman, Public Relations and Director of Marketing, is a recent college graduate with a plan to evoke new life into Austin Fusion. She spent her childhood growing up on the streets of Austin and hopes to show others just what an amazing place this is. Her passions include fashion, writing and innovation. She joins the AFM team to expand and explore all the e-zine has to offer. Any and all advertising questions can be answered through her.
Phillip Leach, Photographer/Creative Team Development, says, “I was excited that my first assignment for Austin Fusion was shooting women’s apparel designer Dina Chavez.” Growing up around Austin provided him the artistic surroundings needed to pursue photography and develop his craft. He has been featured in other local and national magazines, enjoys spending time with family and says that photography makes him feel “all warm and fuzzy inside.”
Katy McDowall, Assistant Editor, is a Baylor graduate from the Houston area and is a graduate student in the School of Journalism at UT. She has written for publications such as UT’s alumni magazine The Alcalde, Texas Business and The Baylor Lariat. She is a freelance writer, editor and designer. As assistant editor for AFM, Katy writes, edits copy, oversees interns and manages social media. Follow her on Twitter @katymcdowall.
David Bradley, Web Editor, puts the ‘dot com’ on the end of Austin Fusion Magazine. His passion for emerging talent ranges from tech to new music. In his day-to-day he designs, implements and manages eCommerce systems and web stores for independent retailers.
Willfully consuming new ideas and whitepapers, he uses the web to marry business with entrepreneurial vision.
Jessica Hudson, Art Editor, Writer, a native Texan and long-time Austin resident, is a fan of all things Austin. She enjoys local music, film festivals, popular eateries and breweries. She loves meeting new people and bringing a focus to Austin’s undiscovered and emerging talent.
Lisa Marie Mejia, Film Editor, Writer, has lived in Austin since 1990, having spent the first part of her life as an Air Force brat, but comes from a long line of Texans. She graduated with a film degree from UT Austin, and has dabbled in both the local music and film industries.
Lisa finds enjoyment out of a variety of mediums including books, films, music, pop culture, writing, design and comedy.
Jessica Warner, Food Editor, Writer, is a longtime transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area who is passionate about food, writing and dining out. Food is more than fuel in her eyes. It’s culture and history, it’s family and friends, love and craftsmanship. It’s her goal to dig out the soul of every restaurant she experiences and put it into a word-filled amuse bouche for the readers. She currently lives in South Austin and therefore trolls for both new and old shops there, but is always looking for breakout eateries and bars in other parts of town. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Schaertl, or Chef Jen, Writer, was born in Shiner, Texas, and raised on a pecan orchard where she established a strong relationship with her food and where it comes from. She’s worked as an executive chef, a pastry chef, a culinary professor and is author of cookbook Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens.
Check out her blog about her startup food trailer Crappy Little Chuckwagon.
Kristin Hong, Writer, blogs over at The Fresh Find and loves food, nutrition, photography and being outdoors.
Originally from San Francisco, she received her business degree from UCLA, therefore, when she is not auditing her life away you can find her biking around the farmer’s markets, running around Town Lake, playing football at Zilker Park or cooking in her kitchen.
You have probably run into Clayton Hodges, Photographer, Writer, if you have been to any number of local pubs and music venues in town. Born in Houston, Texas, he now calls Austin his home. He was in a heavy metal band in his past life, rides a motorcycle, is a ghost writer for several authors and knows more about music than you do. He has a passion for writing and a love of music. His gift of gab and boisterous laugh is what mostly what endears him to our features. View his portfolio.
Donna Marie Miller, Featured Contributor, previously worked as a reporter for nine years at three major Texas daily newspapers including The El Paso Herald-Post, The Amarillo Globe-News, and The El Paso Times. She recently retired after teaching journalism and sponsoring student publications for 24 years.The freelance writer, photographer and videographer hopes to rebuild her portfolio following a 20-year absence from professional journalism. View her website.
Kritika Pramod Kulshrestha, Featured Contributor, is a computer engineer, an aspiring multimedia journalist and a graduate student in the School of Journalism at UT. After moving halfway around the world from of Mumbai, India, she has finally begun to call Austin home. She has written for award-winning citizen journalism platforms Youth Ki Awaaz and The Viewspaper, and writes a column at City Ninjas, a site focused on the culture and quirkiness of Mumbai. A Life & Arts reporter at The Daily Texan and a contributor at AFM, Kritika writes on art, music, food and anything fun and interesting. She loves playing guitar, reading, listening to music and digging into some good food. Follow her on Twitter @kritika88 or check out her website.
Emree Weaver, Photographer, is originally from the small town of Goliad, Texas, but she came to Austin in 2008 to attend UT. After graduating with a degree in Italian, she moved to Italy to teach English, but quickly found herself back in Austin to pursue photography. Emree has been a photography enthusiast since high school, but she found her passion for film after taking a darkroom class at UT. Being a nomad at heart, she hopes to someday continue her travels around the world to photograph everything and everyone it has to offer. View her portfolio.
Aaron Rimbey, Music and Fashion Photographer, has resided in Austin for almost a decade. Originally from Wisconsin, where he went to school for electronics, he came to Texas to escape the cold of the Midwest. After heading a security cam crew for ACL, where he retrofitted their existing cameras with low light lenses, Aaron purchased his first camera and headed out to the old Emo’s club to photograph his heroes. It wasn’t long before his work was featured in the Austin Chronicle and used by Sub Pop Record’s “King Tuff” to promote their West Coast tours. He specializes in promotional photos for bands and professionals. View his portfolio.
Dalton Campbell, Photographer, Videographer, is a photographic autodidact who finds great pleasure capturing people. He strives for connection, and symmetry in both life and in his photos. His main focus is portrait, editorial and fashion photography. His style is meant to be more sensual than sexual. He wants the human form to be obviously beautiful without pushing it to be exploitative. He is currently living in Austin, Texas. View his portfolio.
Amar Gupta, Photographer, is 22 years young, made in America—with Indian parts. His hometown Beaumont, Texas, has established its own place in his heart, and will forever be a part of him, but he plans on moving to California shortly after graduation, and on to Copenhagen after that. He is currently a photojournalism major at St. Edward’s University, and hopes to work for Vice Magazine later on. Amar has been documenting himself and his friends through photographs for the past few years, and it has ultimately led him to where he is today. He is also an avid skateboarder, writer and racquetball player. View his blog and his portfolio.
Jody Zung, Photographer, has been taking photographs ever since he got his hands on a hand me down Canon T70 shortly after high school. However, five years ago when he started shooting more digitally, he really started taking it more seriously. He doesn’t discriminate when it comes to taking a photo. Whether its a landscape, a fashion show, a portrait or a rock band, he enjoys capturing moments in time. By trade he’s a software engineer but photography and photo editing are his creative outlets.
Casie Kruppa, Editorial Intern, is a UT journalism student with small town roots and big city dreams. She was born and raised in El Campo, Texas, and made the transition to Austin three years ago. Now, she has fallen more in love with the city than she already was and hopes to stay here for as long as she possibly can. She loves writing, but even more she likes to tell other people’s stories. She also has developed a recent interest in design. She hopes to someday work at a magazine writing, editing, designing, or just making a large enough salary to buy all the shoes she often obsesses over. In her free time, if she’s not at home curled up with a book, she enjoys being outdoors or with friends.
ChinLin Pan, Editorial Intern, is studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and is pursuing a certificate in Digital Arts & Media. Although she was born in Taipei and raised in Dallas, ChinLin loves Austin and its vibrant and diverse culture and wishes to stay in the city after graduation. Her love for writing began in the 4th grade as a love for creative writing. She turned to journalism in high school and realized it was a calling for she loves to tell stories. She aspires to become an entertainment journalist. She also has interests in graphic design, photography and audio storytelling.
Alex Pacl, Editorial Intern, graduated in May 2013 from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Geography. She lived and graduated from high school in Australia before returning to Texas for college. Her aspirations are far-flung and varied, but generally revolve around her passions for traveling, writing, and good food.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
Julia Duke, Editorial Intern, is a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Texas School of Journalism. After graduation in May, she has high hopes of moving to the Big Apple to tell stories in an environment that mimics the hustle and bustle of the city. She has had the opportunity to pursue internships in news bureaus in Dallas, Austin and London. Most of all, Julia enjoys fashion editorial work.
To check out some of her work, visit Julia-Duke.com.
Alyssa Ely, Marketing Intern, is a senior public relations major at the University of Texas at Austin. Growing up in Austin, she has always had a passion for music and attends every local concert and music festival she can. Alyssa also loves fashion, food and staying active, and what better place to be than the wonderful Austin, Texas.