Janay Llanos Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

Janay Llanos Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

Hey! My name is Janay and I have such a huge interest in visual arts, itself. Being able to create such detailed pieces whether it’s from observation or my imagination is LOTS of fun. As a child, I have always loved to draw and now as a 17 year old senior, I would love to expand my horizons in visual arts.

Photography has always caught my eye, artistically in many ways. The ideas of building more creativity and seeking my hidden skills is something that I’ve always been looking forward to accomplishing. As a beginner of photography, I hope to unfold a creative eye that I may not have known i had (within visual images). Most importantly, I am honored to be working within Brooklyn Central and engaging in such an artistic community.


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An Informal Guide To The Formal Portrait with Mark Mann

MARK MANN talks about creating rapport with challenging personalities like Robert Downey Jr. and President Obama.  Photo by JUSTIN WILLIAM LIN

MARK MANN talks about creating rapport with challenging personalities like Robert Downey Jr. and President Obama.  Photo by JUSTIN WILLIAM LIN

On Saturday, Sep 24, we collaborated with Brooklyn annual photo festival Photoville and celebrity photographer Mark Mann on a wonderful, hands-on workshop called An Informal Guide To The Formal Portrait.   Born and raised in Glasgow, Mark assisted UK fashion titans Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge before branching off into creating his own, intimate style of portraiture.  His list of celebrity subjects and clients is too numerous to mention, so check out his work to see more.

In classic Glaswegian fashion, Mark delivered a very honest appraisal of his working method, which included his ideas on lighting, drawing out emotions from his subjects, as well as what to do when you're just too lazy to be bothered.  Mixed in with stories about photographing President Obama (in 4 minutes) for Esquire's 80th anniversary issue and some general philosophy (don't get bogged down by the technical details, focus instead on connecting with your subject), Mark assigned random emotions for groups of students to create in teams using both indoor and outdoor light.  

Below we've shared a few of of our favorite shots from the afternoon, submitted by students:


Which are your favorites?  Can you guess which portrait conveys what emotion?  How can you incorporate some of these strategies into your own portrait work?  Comment below to contribute to the discussion.  Mark will be joining us again in the near future as a guest lecturer in some of our lighting and portrait classes, so contact us and let us know if you'd be interested in taking a class with him.

End Of Summer Sale!

Despite the record highs this past week, we're still feeling a little wistful to be in the middle of August already.  We hope you made good on your summer plans and got plenty of sunshine and gave your camera a nice workout.  After what was probably a lazy summer, now's the time get sharp and book a class to shake off the lingering haze of summer heat.  

Try one of our new 1-Day Workouts, a group of classes designed to build your creative brain strength and muscle memory all at once.  From the fast-paced, high-intensity Camera Warm-Up! for beginners, to eye and skills development classes like Engaging Light!Color Calisthenics! and Composition Tune-Up!, these Workouts are the perfect way to dust off some cobwebs and keep your mind fit and lean.  

Or refine your vision with our Essential series of classes, meeting 6 weeks and tackling immersive subjects like PortraitureStudio LightingPhotoshop & Lightroom, and the all-new Essential Street.  Whatever your passion, book now to save 40% on getting motivated this fall.

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Summer Blaze!


We are coming up on our 5 year anniversary this fall and to pre-celebrate we are throwing a huge Summer Bash on Thursday July 14th here at BKC!  We want you to participate and share your talents for an evening of fun!!  We'll be playing several slideshows of student work during the course of the night, so if you would like your work featured please follow this link here to upload up to 5 photos for submission.  These could be anything you've shot during class or since.

We're also putting together a short programming for the evening so, if you're a musician or a performer, send a link to your Soundcloud or other Youtube/Vimeo pages to and let us know you're interested!  

Big Summer Sale!

You guys it's FINALLY summer!!  Memorial Day is this weekend, which means it's time for fun!  We can already smell the BBQs, beach adventures and bike rides through fire-hydrant sprinklers.  To celebrate our excitement we are kicking summer off with a big SALE.  Get over $100 off our popular Digital Photo I and Digital Photo II 9-week classes, hone your eye and learn important photo skills you can use to capture that summer feeling.  Let's have the time of our lives this summer and learn how to take better photos too.   


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