Todd France is a New York-based commercial and editorial photographer. His clients include People, Business Week, Forbes, and Sprint PCS & Ford motors.
On the cover shoot with Parnell, France had nothing but kind words.
"Usually celebs of this caliber have a dog-and-pony show of groomers, stylists and publicists. Chris gave me his number and was there alone when we arrived. He was laid back and humble -- a real pleasure to work with. It was a pretty hot day, and he kept his composure as the ice cream melted all over his hands and onto the floor. He never flinched. A real pro!" laughs France. "An added bonus -- he's a collector of fine art photography and has a great eye for unusual and interesting art."
In addition to Parnell, France has shot other Hollywood and music notables, including Kirsten Dunst, Ethan Hawke, James Taylor, Britney Spears, Wyclef Jean, and The Corrs. Todd lives in Brooklyn with his wife Shanna and their son, Henry, pictured here with Todd in Budapest last summer.
Illustrator Mark Brewer has made a career from what began as a bad drawing habit during school hours. He has inked creations for Archie Comics, Warner Bros. Comics, and Disney Publications, and has assisted on comic strips such as Beetle Bailey, Slylock Fox, and Nancy. His ink creatures have also appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Playboy.
Preston Lauterbach has researched the African-American music enterprise known as the "chitlin" circuit" since meeting artist Bobby Rush in summer 2003, and is currently working on a book on the subject. The freelancer has written on music in the Mid-South since 2001. He has worked for the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and Soulsville. He is a Memphian by marriage.
As entertainment editor for Memphis, Phillips decides which local events are worthy of readers' attention. She also compiles comprehensive entertainment listings for the Memphis Flyer. As a staff writer for the Flyer, Phillips covers the environment and police beats. Each month, her spotlight on local attractions and restaurants appears in the Northwest Airlines World Traveler. Look for her ultimate guide to local bars in next month's City Guide, if she sobers up in time.
Tim Sampson is the Media and Marketing Manager for Soulsville, founding editor of The Memphis Flyer, and a former editor of Memphis. He's freelanced for such publications as Historic Traveler, the Boston Herald, Time, The New York Times, and many others. He is the author of All Mimes Must Die, and has been the recipient of numerous journalism awards from the City & Regional Magazine Association.