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 and artists, 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.”
As a mother and pursuant of all things family friendly she has expanded her online reporting to include a new online mag called One Million Kisses A Day . (linda@austinfusionmagazine.
Chonie Bradley, Co-Founder, Business Development
An entrepreneur and fashionista, she is owner of online clothing boutiue Electric Frenchie. As head of Business Development she will be helping us implement new revenue streams as the magazine evolves. She will maintain our business obligations and work with our team to expand readership.
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.
Shawn Collie, Art Director, Photographer, is a commercial photographer based in Austin, Texas specializing in advertising, editorial, fashion and creative portraiture. His education as an artist and background in graphic design has provided him with a sharp understanding of light and composition. Shawn’s approach to his work allows him to seamlessly combine concept with technical skill to produce dynamic imagery with elegant lighting and unique storytelling abilities. He will be working with our amazing group of photographers to ensure that our features get the best possible images to showcase their work. He will help with the overall style and design of each article, advertisement and editorial concept featured in Austin Fusion. View his portfolio.
Bobbi Douglas, Fashion Editor, a fashion enthusiast, makeup artist and wardrobe stylist located in Austin, TX. Her work has been featured in local and national magazines, adorned countless runways, walked red carpets and has graced television screens on many occasions. Her ambition and passion comes through in every aspect of her work. Bobbi will be accepting submissions to be featured in the Fashion section via email or on our Facebook page. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Frankie Olivares is a hair guru and enjoys building confidence within his clients and students both on the inside and out. His love and passion for the fashion industry has opened many opportunities for him to work with celebrity and top hairstylists, make-up artists, fashion shows, photo-shoots, hair competitions, as well as being an educator in salons. These days you will find Frankie at Salon Intuitions specializing in custom hairstyles and guiding the next generation of hair stylists into greatness. During his time at the salon, he has developed a relationship with this magazine to explore his passion for fashion, music, and fun. Among his interest in fashion and food his appreciation for beauty is best witnessed behind his chair and in the grateful eyes of his clients. While he’s working, Frankie enjoys chatting about current events, new restaurants, clubs, and of course other than writing about himself, he talks about himself too!
Dawn Younger Smith, Fashion & Beauty Contributor ,Her history is rich and colorful, working as a model/muse and make~up artist to the stars. Dawn modeled for the famous Steven Arnold, who in the summer of 1976, helped Salvador Dalí with the creation and opening of Teatro Museo Dali in Figueras, Spain. Her celebrity client list extends the generations from Karen Elson to Patty Griffin her designs have been featured in many magazines such as Vogue Italia’s Couture Supplement, American Vogue September 2011, Elle Magazine, PEOPLE, Details Magazine and Rolling Stone just to name a few. In addition she has graced the pages of our beloved Austin based magazines: Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, Tribeza and Austin Chronicle.
Kelli Wilson Ponce, Photo shoot Coordinator/Location Scout : a local hairstylist/ fashionista who has been part of the Austin fashion industry since 2007 where she attended the Paul Mitchell Academy for cosmetology. Her work has been featured on national television, graced album covers and promotional media for local and national artists, walked the runway for fashion shows and has been published in nationally recognized magazines. She continues to expand her talents within the industry by taking on new roles as a wardrobe stylist, designer, location/ talent scout and photoshoot coordinator. Her creative insight and colorful background in the fashion industry provide a unique perspective to the magazine’s creative process.
Jessica Hudson, Lifestyle 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.
Lizabeth and Dustin, Food Writers, Having lived in Austin since 2005, Dustin and Lizabeth are avid food enthusiasts. When they are not moonlighting as food bloggers, Lizabeth is a general dentist and Dustin is an orthodontist in the Austin area, but not of the “Marathon Man” variety. When they are not drilling and filling, or researching (eating and drinking), or writing for the Austin Fusion Magazine, they can be found spending their time hanging out with their two boys, Gavin and Cash, or at gym trying really hard not to let all that researching show on their waistlines. Lizabeth also enjoys reading, photography, and posting food and kid pictures. Dustin’s hobbies include cycling and cross fit. They both, of course, love to eat and travel. (email@example.com)
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. She expresses her passion for film and its art through her writing and conversation. Lisa finds enjoyment out of a variety of mediums including books, films, music, pop culture, writing, design and comedy.
Erika Pinktipps, lured to the Austin music scene, has been a resident since 2007, and immediately submerged herself in the abundant music community. Her professional life has revolved around music long before her move to Austin. Pinktipps’ past employment involved working in a variety of roles from radio promotions to publicity with companies like Epitaph, Priority, Red Ant, Discovery, and Nettwerk America. She has a background in music management. Before coming on board with Austin Fusion, she was worked with Post Modern, as an editor and wrote a column, and also did radio promotion for HITS Magazine in LA. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lauren Keim, While Lauren wasn’t originally from Austin, she got here as quick as she could. Currently attending UT Austin, she’ll have her Journalism degree in May. In her free time, her interests vary from working out, to being immersed in the Austin music scene, to finding the best breakfast tacos in the state of Texas. Her greatest are writing, crafting, and travelling.
Zack Garhart, writer, is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he got his start writing about sports, music, and food. The latter being his favorite, he also has a knack for cool hats and underground hip-hop. He’s passionate about football and in his spare time you’ll probably see him out on the river or exploring unseen parts of Austin. (email@example.com)
Clayton Hodges, Photographer, Writer,You have probably run into him 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.
Blair Barnett, Music Writer, is a proud native Austinite, graduate of the University of Texas, orthodontist by day and music section editor for Fusion by night. Blair has been attending shows regularly since he was old enough toget into classic venues like Antone’s, Liberty Lunch and the Steamboat in the ’90s and has never stopped since. You’ll find Blair trying to catch at least a couple of shows a week while on the look out for Austin’s next big thing.( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris Cohen, writer , a chef by trade who hails from Louisiana with 21 years experience and is the Sous Chef at The Blackbird and Henry on the drag. He is also a singer, writer and music fanatic/enthusiast. He’s been singing, recording and playing live for over a decade. His musical background and writing experience combined help bring a fresh new look on local and national bands, when it comes to album and show reviews. (email@example.com)
Phillip Leach, Photographer,Writer 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.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Jade Shedd, Photographer, is an aspiring artist of photography, dreaming to blend the world of fashion and the surrealism of experimental ideas into their own intricate universe. She is currently attending Texas State University’s photography program where she continues to delve deeper into the complexities of the art. Known for creating her own sets from scratch, as well as her own costumes, she is a tenacious artist with limitless ability and endless creations. Email: email@example.com Blog: http://jadejadorephotography.
Marina Cohen, photographer is a Florida native who began doing photography at the age of 15. She took her first photography course at the local college at age 17 and went on to attend Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in photography and darkroom processes. She has since been published a handful of times in independent fashion magazines and doing freelance work throughout Austin. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Micael Marie Monroe, Photographer, is an award winning portrait photographer specializing in headshots, beauty and boudoir. She’s known best for her cinematic and photojournalistic style as well as her ability to connect with her subjects. Her passion for photography is undoubtedly fueled by her gypsy upbringing and her quest for finding beauty in every instance. Her work can be seen at www.gowestphoto.com or www.facebook.com/gowestphotography
Chelsea Wilmot, photographer hails from Corpus Christi, Texas. A photographer since the age of 22, since her move to the “Music Capital of the World”, a love for music, photography and visual art has blossomed ; she plans to continue to grow as a photo journalist while pursuing and building her craft as a concert photographer. Email:email@example.com
Katie Cornett, Writer, has lived in Austin since she was ten years old, with a brief detour to attend the University of Georgia. She loves reading, writing, running long distances, and exploring the outdoors with her two pups, Herschel Walker Texas Ranger and Phoenix, and her husband Tim. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Henning, Writer, is a graduate of Baylor University, where she studied philosophy and linguistics. She is passionate about stories in all their forms and eager to approach Austin with a lively curiosity and a ready pen. Email: email@example.com
Nathaniel Hendricks, Writer, graduated from UNC School of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in filmmaking, screenwriting focus. He moved to Austin to write and to make films. Email: nathanieljwhendricks.gmail.com