Linda Hughes, Co-founder/Photographer/Editor-in-Chief
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 (BA ’12, Journalism) from the Houston area celebrating her one-year anniversary as an Austinite. She is a graduate student in the School of Journalism at UT and has written for publications such as UT’s alumni magazine The Alcalde, Texas Business and The Baylor Lariat. As well as writing, she is experienced in print design and dabbles in photography. As assistant editor for AFM, Katy writes, copyedits and assists with marketing and other endeavors. 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.
Audrea Diaz, writer, is also a poet, artist and photographer based out of Austin, Texas. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she has utilized her work with collegiate magazine The Horn to become a fixture within the local fashion industry. With a strong eye for detail and a personal reporting style, Audrea strives to ensure a unique voice in every story. Follow her flickr account.
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.
Lucia Palmer, Writer, graduated from college with a film degree, and then worked in the film and television industry for several years. She dipped her toes into every department she could, from camera to directing to producing, until she decided to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. A recent graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lucia enjoys witnessing and learning from the creative process of other artists. She strives to investigate the connective fibers between media, art and society.
Jessica Warner, Food Editor, 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
Chef Jen 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 a published cookbook author (Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens). Check out her blog about her start-up food trailer, Crappy Little Chuckwagon.
Kristin Hong is the writer of 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.
Clayton Hodges, Lead Writer/Staff Photographer
If you have been to any number of local pubs and music venues in town it is highly likely you have run into him. 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. email@example.com
Audrey Rodriguez, writer, is Texas born and braised. Having grown up in the small town of Magnolia, Texas, she moved to the grand ole opry of Austin to study Radio, Television and Film at The University of Texas. She found her creative niche once she started DJing and working for KVRX student-run radio. She has not stopped attending shows ever since. Now a chameleon working and playing at Austin’s Children’s Museum with prospects for broadening her expertise in digital media marketing, Audrey spends her extra hours writing to hob-nob with the “almost famous,” a candid admittance inspired by the Penny Lane legend and character in Cameron Crowe’s film “Almost Famous.” She’s a fan of wining and dining in Austin, a regular listener of NPR and, one day, hopes to work there. You can contact Audrey about your upcoming release, show, tour, etc. at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or tweet at her @audriguez.
Cassie Smith, featured contributor, is a Xavier University of Louisiana alumna. She is an award-winning journalist and graphic designer. In the fall 2012-spring 2013 academic year Cassie served as editor-in-chief for her university’s student newspaper, The Xavier Herald. She became a national finalist in the “Breaking News Reporting” for the Society of Professional Journalist in 2013. Cassie has also worked with production companies in New Orleans and Austin areas. Her passions include writing, styling, marketing and meeting new people. She plans to gain more experience and contribute her skills to Austin Fusion.
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.
Kritika Pramod Kulshrestha, featured contributer, is a computer engineer, an aspiring multimedia journalist and a graduate student in the School of Journalism at UT. After moving halfway across the world from of Mumbai, India, she has finally begun to call Austin home. She has written for award-winning citizen journalism platforms such as Youth Ki Awaaz and The Viewspaper, and also owns a column at City Ninjas, a website 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 everything that’s fun and interesting. A few things she loves doing in her spare time are playing the 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.
Specializing in commercial and editorial photography, and he has made a name for himself when it comes to portraiture because of his emphasis on dramatic lighting. Shawn lives in Austin with his daughter and girlfriend, and spends his free time talking about lighting in his sleep.
Aaron Rimbey, Music and Fashion Photographer, has been residing 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, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-560-4529.
Kim Carrier, Photography Intern, was born and raised in Victoria, Texas, but came to Austin as soon as possible. She is currently a senior at St. Edward’s University and is always looking for ways to broaden her horizons concerning images. Her photography style includes fantastical themes and touches of the Romantic era, often depicting youthful characters with traces of surreality in their mannerisms. She prefers to shoot outdoors amongst nature because she appreciates the wildness and unpredictability of the forest. You can find her shopping for new props at antique shops and thrift stores alike, always searching for the next intriguing detail to add to her photographic dreamscapes.
Amar Gupta, Photography Intern, 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. You can find his photos on his blog and his flickr. He is also an avid skateboarder, writer and racquetball player.
Delaiah Peavy, Photography Intern, believes her work is a love letter written in photographs to life. She loves to capture the moments around her that most would typically overlook. There are so many things in this life that are worth being caught on film forever, and she is making it her personal duty to capture them all. A Houston native, she is an art major at Texas State University with a love for art, comic books and food.
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” – Marc Riboudy
June Leal, Marketing Intern, is from a small town named Pearsall, Texas, but soon moved to San Marcos, Texas, to attend college at Texas State University. She is a public relations major and loves every aspect of it. Along with PR, she has a double minor in fashion merchandising and Japanese. She hopes to one day work in the fashion or PR industry in either Japan, South Korea or here in the U.S. She also has her own website, showcasing her passion for music, fashion and all things in between.
Jeana Bertoldi, Editorial Intern, was raised by unicorns in a sparkling faerie forest. Actually, she grew up in Reno, Nev., but it’s essentially the same thing. Writing has been her passion since she learned how to form letters. She received her BA in English writing at UNR and has been living in Austin for a year as a graduate student in the UT School of Journalism. Besides writing and frolicking with unicorns, she enjoys photography, yoga, reading, hiking, travel (when she can afford it), playing with her zany cats, rooting for the 49ers, spending too much time on the Internet, obsessing over shows like “Breaking Bad,” and drinking tea. Follow her on Twitter @J_ber.
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.
Lauren Topor, Editorial Intern, is a Northwest native who found comfort in the shared similarities and oddities of Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, when she moved to the Capital City in the spring of 2013. The Austin transplant is an alumna of Arizona State University where she attended The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. During her time as an undergrad Lauren was able to get her feet wet in a variety of editorial roles with a handful of Phoenix-based publications. Lauren enjoys playing dress up and collecting vintage antiques. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenTopor.