Photography/Videography

Mitchell
Kearney
Mitchell Kearney Photography
AKA: Mitchell
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Left Brain : commercial advertising photographer :: Right Brain : Fine Art Image Maker/Percussionist

jakubblank@gmail.com
Jakub
Blank
VEMOD CONTENT
AKA: Jakub
Pronouns: He/him/his
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Jakub, a dynamic young director, boasts a wealth of experience across blockbuster commercials for McDonald’s, Velux, Skoda, Seagate, and visually captivating music videos for SZA, Mikky Ekko, and Charlotte Lawrence. His thought-provoking documentaries have earned international acclaim at prestigious film festivals, including a nomination for the SHOTS Best New Director Showcase. What truly distinguishes Jakub is his passion for capturing the essence of the human experience, evident in his dedication to crafting compelling narratives that resonate deeply with audiences.

hector@abrelabocaphoto.com
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Hector
Vaca
Abre La Boca Photo
AKA: Héctor
Pronouns: He/him/his
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I am a Latino documentary photographer based in Charlotte NC. Born in NY and raised in SC, I am of Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican heritage.

“Abre la boca, para que te escuchen” is a motto by which I have lived my whole life. It means open your mouth, if you want to be heard.

As the son of immigrants living in the south, I grew up understanding what it means to feel different. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation of the value of speaking up to be heard.

Through photography, I explore themes of privilege, immigration, racism, nationalism, colorism, classism, and identity. I make my images, to spark dialogue, in order to better understand these issues and find solutions. More importantly, my photos give a voice to those who have felt stifled by a society based on privilege, prejudice, and oppression.

After 18 years as a community organizer, I decided to open Abre La Boca Photo, in order to document and tell stories from our community.

julie@franciscanpassages.org
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Julie
McElmurry
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Cartoons + Storytelling
Hi. I draw cartoons and produce Story Teller’s Open Mic Night (free and open to all) on the last Saturday every other month at 7pm at the Common Market on Monroe Road.

Documentary
I am a self-taught documentary filmmaker who has completed 8 short documentaries. I’ve taught many others how to make documentaries and started the Unconventional Film School to bring together local film pros and adults who want to learn from them. We filled 800 seats in 2019. I was named a Getting Real Fellow of the International Documentary Association in 2022. I am a consulting producer and documentary coach as well.

alexys.carrasquillo@gmail.com
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Alexys
Carrasquillo
Familia Creative Media
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As a Hispanic, first-generation entrepreneur, I navigate a predominantly male-dominated arena with versatility and resilience. Since 2017, I’ve honed my skills as a videographer and video editor, self-teaching the craft to elevate my YouTube presence. My journey expanded as I earned my Full-Stack Web Developer Certification from UNC Charlotte, paving the way for my expertise in website development services.

In addition to running my own business, I proudly work as a Content Webmaster for CATS within the City of Charlotte.

HOMEBASEMG@GMAIL.COM
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DWEH
BROWN
Homebase Films
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I am a portrait photographer and videographer in Charlotte, NC. I have been doing multi-media for over 10 years and every year I’m still learning something new that I love about my craft.

Photography/Videography is my second language. My photos capture your event and that instance that is frozen in time will communicate your story for a lifetime. My expertise extends into videography, where I skillfully capture the dynamic essence of events, ensuring that every visual element contributes to the compelling narrative of your story. My goal is to help translate your story into a memorable moment for life. I understand that in order for me to capture beautiful images I must create a relaxed environment.

I specialize in lifestyle portraits, weddings, event photography, corporate events, senior portraits and beyond. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your photography needs.

oksana.erohina.1996@gmail.com
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Oxana
Erokhina
Oxana Photography
AKA: Oxana
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Preferred Payment Methods: Zelle

Hi, my name’s Oxana. I’m a published photographer! I see photography as art and I love capturing moments to cherish forever! Portraiture holds a special place in my heart: I love creating portraits of people, whether it’s a morning stroll to the coffee shop or an art photoshoot in a studio. Each picture is your story that I’m honored to convey!

I believe that photography is powerful and it has a therapeutical effect: you can express yourself and convey the message, or maybe you’ll discover something about yourself that you didn’t know yet!

During the photoshoot you can simply relax and trust me as someone who sees your beauty and uniqueness! Having experienced both sides of the camera, I understand the nuances of modeling, enabling me to provide valuable guidance and posing tips to my clients. Together we can make a great team to get wonderful pictures!

Hope to see you in the lens of my camera!

Explore a portfolio of Oxana’s work.

hello@corineolarte.com
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Corine
Olarte
Corine Olarte Creative Co.
AKA: Corine
Pronouns: She/her/hers, They/them/theirs
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Corine Olarte Creative Co. is a versatile and stylish creative company specializing in inclusive photography that empowers our clients and puts them in control of their own. We focus on capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments through photography sessions and inspiring conversations through Eat Like an Artist, a mindful entrepreneurship podcast for creatives to subvert the starving artist stereotype.

Our work includes event photoshoots, non-traditional portrait photography, and authentic personal branding, particularly serving other creatives and creative entrepreneurs. We believe that a photoshoot should be a creative sanctuary — a place where artistry, community, and entrepreneurship converge in the form of timeless photography that shows the world your true, authentic self.

info@dionnabrightphotography.com
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Dionna
Bright
Dionna Bright | Artist
Pronouns: She/her/hers
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Dionna Bright, based in Charlotte, NC, is a portrait photographer and self-portrait artist whose work is a journey of personal growth, authenticity and spirituality. With a blend of whimsy and surrealism, Dionna’s photos invite reflection on life’s journey.

Her visual storytelling, enriched with unique props, creative set design, and intentional color grading, captures not only her subjects but also the essence of their existence. At the core of her artistry lies the empowerment of individuals, fostering introspection, healing, and engagement.

Investing in a photoshoot with Dionna means gaining a partner in storytelling, where every frame reflects a shared vision of boundless expression and authenticity. Whether you are a creative seeking collaboration or a client in search of a unique visual narrative, Dionna’s portfolio showcases a diverse range of experiences waiting to unfold through her lens.