Fabian Leon Villa
Photographer and Filmmaker
Austin, Texas


Fabian Leon Villa is a Texas-based photographer and filmmaker working with portraits, design, fashion films, and music videos. Fabian first became serious about photography at San Antonio College, focusing on studio portraits and printing in the darkroom. While shooting for the school paper, Fabian transitioned to digital photography. Interested in incorporating design on photography, he began seeking collaborations with like-minded image-makers. Fabian also studied on the online platform, Photography: Mastered with Nick Knight, legendary photographer, and director of SHOWstudio. In this program, Fabian discovered his passion for fashion film. Transitioning from still to motion imagery, Fabian continues to explore light, shadow, color, portraits, movement, and diversity in fashion. Fabian is happily married to his creative partner, Misa Yamamoto, a graphic designer, and art director. Together, with a close group of friends, they work as Essentials Creative, blending art, design, music and fashion.

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