Miami Culture Maven is a cultural fashion & lifestyle blog highlighting talented people & organizations who are following their dreams. I really want to mobilize the young professionals in South Florida to support the culture of phenomenal independent small businesses and emerging artists alike! My name is Tracy Ann, the editor of Miami Culture Maven. I'm a photographer who loves fashion & adores seeing hard working diligent local artists get their just deserts. The purpose of this blog {other than being an online journal of my brain's inner workings} is to never forget that we hold the power to their success or failure. Let's become more fabulous, prosperous & successful together! 

Artist Bio:

Tracy Ann Simmonds is the C.E.O. of Innovative Arts Photography, an enthusiastic Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer in South Florida. Her artistic background spreads the gamut from Professional Dance and Performing Arts Educator to Jewelry Designer and Painter while also authoring Miami Culture Maven, a cultural fashion and lifestyle blog. In 2004 while working on her B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, she discovered that spending 10 hours at a time in dark rooms became her therapy and telling visual stories brought an invigorating breath of fresh air into her life. Her love and appreciation for fine art mediums as well as visual communication leads her to think outside of the box when it comes to creating products that clients rave about. Quality is her number one priority and she lives by the philosophy that art and photography live in print. Her goal is to enrich clients living environments with images that inspire them to maintain sanity while engaging in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Tracy Ann began a mixed media portrait series called The Vision Project in 2011 which was inspired by her dance students. The Vision Project is a growing body of work that examines the aesthetic physical beauty as well as the minds of Black women between the ages of one and sixty-eight with portraits being added regularly. Original works from The Vision Project have been sold in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation to help keep young artists in attendance at historically Black colleges and universities across the country. Tracy Ann is a proud apprentice and adopted Granddaughter of renown artist Frank Frazier of Dallas Texas, whose tutelage she has been under since 2004. She also studied under renown Photographer Dawoud Bey & graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006. She has fine art photography work in the school's permanent collection.

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